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Mongolian horseman steals bicycle

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ULAN BATOR, Mongolia, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A British cyclist lost his wheels in what's likely the first theft of its kind -- a Mongolian horseman galloped away with the bike and half a tent.

Edward Genochio, 27, was attempting to fulfill his dream of cycling from England to China while also raising money for the poor in southeast China.

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Genochio was sleeping in his tent in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator with his custom-built bicycle chained to his tent poles.

He told The Sun he had a "rude awakening."

"I was woken up by the sounds of galloping hooves and ripping canvas," he said.

The thief had attached a rope from the horse to the bike, and sprinted away, with half the tent flapping behind him.

Genochio, who has cycled 10,000 miles in five months, said he hopes a bicycle manufacturer will take pity on him and ship him a replacement so he can complete the final 2,000 miles.

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