Yellow Jersey owner Troy Dobinson with the Lance Armstrong-signed Trek racing bike which has been auctioned to raise money for the Ipswich flood appeal.
Yellow Jersey owner Troy Dobinson with the Lance Armstrong-signed Trek racing bike which has been auctioned to raise money for the Ipswich flood appeal. David Nielsen

Lance bike has plenty of appeal

BY the time you read this story, Troy Dobinson is hoping this bike (pictured) will have already raised a cool $20,000 for the Premier’s Flood Appeal.

The Lance Armstrong-signed Trek-brand bike was auctioned this week to raise money for the appeal.

As Mr Dobinson, the owner of Ipswich’s Yellow Jersey store points out, this isn’t a run-of-the-mill bike you would take down to the shops to pick up the milk and bread.

It’s the same model that Armstrong used in his last season of racing, and whoever won the auction, which closed at midnight last night, probably won’t be taking it out for a ride in the park any time soon.

“It’s just so rare for something like this to come up,” he said.

“Lance Armstrong did so much for the sport of cycling, inspiring so many people.

“There will be bike stores and supporters of his from all over who would like to own this bike.”

Mr Dobinson said another bike signed by Armstrong recently sold for $20,000 in Adelaide, and they were trying to match that figure to give to flood relief.



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