After surviving searing deserts in Uzbekistan and steep mountains in Sichuan, Mr Browning's bicycle met with an inglorious end - it was swiped in broad daylight in Orchard Road. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
IT HAS been the adventure of a lifetime for English cyclist Greg Browning: pedalling nearly 30,000km from London to Sydney, through some of the harshest terrains on this planet.
But it was in Singapore that his journey hit its most demoralising roadblock.
After surviving searing deserts in Uzbekistan and steep mountains in Sichuan, Mr Browning's bicycle met with an inglorious end - it was swiped in broad daylight in Orchard Road.
'My first reaction was of disbelief. I've been in so many countries where people said I would get robbed, and then this happened in Singapore, which I was told was one of the safest places in the world,' he said. 'I couldn't believe it. My bicycle looks quite weathered, not like a shiny racing bike at all. It happened in a busy place as well,' said Mr Browning.
The couple made a police report and checked with security guards at the mall. They were told that as the theft had occurred outside the mall's premises, it would be difficult to assist them. But in response to queries by The Straits Times on Friday, the Ngee Ann City management said it has security camera footage of the incident and will hand it over to the police.
On the theft of his beloved bike, he said: 'I've been through some physically tough times. But nothing was as sad as this.'
This will be really quite a damper for anyone... my country is supposed to be one of the safest in crime - but no-one said the same for petty bike thefts. I wouldn't have a clue who might have stolen it either, but I'd thought I'll share my thoughts that even with my Abus Granit X Plus 54... I don't really dare to leave my bike out of my sight here!