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Athletes fight — and win — over $1 million bicycle dispute

Athletes fight — and win — over $1 million bicycle dispute

Mountain View triathlete Jimmy Dworkin puts himself through the paces. “I’ve been doing triathlons since 1995,” he said. But lately, he’s endured an unexpected obstacle…

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Mountain View triathlete Jimmy Dworkin puts himself through the paces. “I’ve been doing triathlons since 1995,” he said. But lately, he’s endured an unexpected obstacle course: a marathon battle over his custom bike.

“I purchased it in 2019 for just over $10,000,” he said. “It took me about two years to save for the bike.”

To compete in Spain in September, Jimmy paid a company he’d previously used, called TriBike Transport, $824 to ship his bike there. It arrived for the race. “Representing Team USA was a lot of fun,” Dworkin said.

But by December, back at home in California, he was still riding a backup bike. He says his main bike was, essentially, held hostage on the way back from Spain.

“It’s sitting in a cargo box somewhere in Southern California, along with 179 others,” he said of the detour.

As it turns out, TriBike Transport sub-contracted with a southern California company called Horizon Entertainment Cargo. Horizon said TriBike didn’t pay its bills. So, Horizon held 180 bikes from the Spain competition — including Dworkin’s — as collateral.

Dworkin said the total value was "approximately $1.4 million to $1.6 million.” Local He asked the NBC Bay Area Responds team for help. “You’re able to talk to the right people,” he said. “Or speak to the right people.”We tried. We started a barrage of calls and emails, including immediate outreach to Horizon.“TriBike violated its contract with the bike owners and it violated its contract with us,” said attorney Howard Zelener, who represents Horizon and its […]

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