Stolen Trailer Belonging to Manitoba Cycling Team Resurfaces in South Okanagan

A trailer belonging to a group of young cyclists from Manitoba, which was stolen in Penticton, has been found in the South Okanagan.

In a shocking turn of events, a trailer belonging to a group of young cyclists visiting from Manitoba has resurfaced in the South Okanagan. The trailer, along with all of their equipment, was stolen in Penticton in the spring of 2022. The theft left the team devastated, as they lost not only their bikes but also their gear and personal belongings. However, a recent discovery of the stolen trailer has given them a glimmer of hope, although much of their property remains missing.

The Unfortunate Discovery

The incident unfolded in March 2022 when Mary Prendergast, the coach of the Manitoba Cycling Association (MCA), discovered that the team’s trailer had been stolen. Prendergast had securely stored the equipment in the trailer, attaching it to a U-Haul truck parked outside a hotel in Penticton. When she went to check on the truck in the morning, she found the hitch lock broken and the entire trailer missing. The team was devastated by the loss of their bikes, gear, and personal belongings.

The Search Begins

The theft was immediately reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the news spread rapidly on social media. The team also had a tracking device installed in the trailer, but unfortunately, the signal was lost shortly after the theft. The MCA and the RCMP launched a joint investigation to recover the stolen property and bring the culprits to justice.

A Glimmer of Hope

Several months after the theft, there was a breakthrough in the case. A reader of a local news site in Kelowna, Castanet, came across a trailer that resembled the stolen one. The trailer was found abandoned in Summerland, with most of its paint scraped off. Suspecting it to be the stolen trailer, the reader immediately contacted the RCMP.

Empty Trailer and Recovered Bikes

When the RCMP recovered the trailer, it was nearly empty. Only a few vacant bags and a couple of helmets were found inside. Regrettably, 13 of the group’s bicycles, along with a significant inventory of personal belongings and MCA equipment, were still missing. However, there was a silver lining as four of the stolen bikes were unexpectedly found in Summerland. The recovery of these bikes gave the team renewed hope that more of their property could be recovered.

The Ongoing Investigation

The RCMP is continuing its investigation into the theft and is working diligently to locate the remaining stolen property. The recovery of the four bikes in Summerland has provided valuable leads and evidence, which the RCMP is using to track down the culprits. The MCA and the cycling team are cooperating fully with the authorities and are hopeful that justice will be served.


The resurfacing of the stolen trailer belonging to the Manitoba cycling team in the South Okanagan has brought a mix of relief and frustration. While the recovery of four of the stolen bikes has given the team hope, there is still a long way to go in retrieving the remaining property. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of security measures and vigilance in safeguarding valuable equipment. As the investigation continues, the cycling team remains resilient, determined to recover their stolen belongings, and get back on the road.






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