An optical lab manager who had his specialist bike stolen days before a charity race is feeling more determined than ever to compete in the annual Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride.

Dan Dzbuk thought his hopes of competing in the race had fallen by the wayside when his bike was stolen outside of the Swinton Specsavers store.

However, after hearing about the incident the store director Paul Showman offered to finance the purchase of a replacement and a better security system in the hope that Dan can overcome the obstacles and still compete in the race.

The theft came just days before he was due to take part in the night ride happening later this month to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Dan had been training hard for the event and he had recently equipped the bike with brand new tyres in preparation for the race. The Manchester to Blackpool race takes place at night between 27 and 28 September and covers a total of 52 gruelling miles raising money to help fund research into heart disease.

Paul Showman, store director for Swinton Specsavers, says: ‘Everyone at the Swinton store was greatly saddened by the news of Dan’s missing bike.’

‘His dedication to his training and to raising money for the Heart Foundation is highly commendable.’ ‘We appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything to come forward so that those responsible for the theft can be held responsible’.

Paul continued: ‘Dan is resourceful and very committed to the cause and so I believe this very unfortunate event will only him more determined to raise more money and soldier on!’