While a two-time Olympic BMX racer was grabbing a hamburger with friends, someone made off with her custom bike.
Now, just three weeks ahead of the biggest race of the year, she’s pedaling to get back what’s hers.
Alice Post won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has had gold in her sights since. The 27-year-old trains at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.
She stopped by a nearby In-N-Out with some friends and when she came back to her truck, her prized possession was gone.
“I just wanted to enjoy a little In-N-Out burger with my friends, but here we are,” Post said.
She’s ridden the one-of-a-kind bike to several victories. In fact, she hasn’t been beaten on it yet this year. Post says it’s not hard to tell who it belongs to.
“It's very noticeable, and everything on it is very noticeable,” she said. “My name is written all over it.”
The bike’s sentimental value goes deeper than the on-track accomplishments she’s achieved with it, making the theft all the more heartbreaking.
“It's got a lot of meaningful stuff to me between my husband's accident and my mom's passing away and just custom little things that mean a lot to me,” she said.
Her husband, an Australian Olympian and world champion, broke his neck shortly after the 2016 Rio Olympics. He's now her coach, and they're rallying to put together a new bike, just in case this one doesn't come back before she competes for yet another professional title at Grand Nationals in Oklahoma.
Post’s sponsors are offering a $1,000 reward for the bike's safe return.