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French man’s tricycle found in Yampa River

Patrick Kelly

Valentin Gevaux was one week into his journey around the world when his tricycle was stolen near Maybell.

On May 12, Moffat County Sheriff's Office recovered the recumbent tricycle that was reported stolen from 23-year-old Valentin Gevaux — a French man who had vast plans to travel the world on the road.

Gevaux travelled to Colorado from France to begin an ambitious attempt to cycle around the world, but had to apply the brakes when his $3,000 Azub recumbent trike went missing at a campground near Maybell on May 6.

Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said the missing trike was discovered by Colorado Parks & Wildlife officers while they were doing a clean up on the Yampa River near the campground.

The undamaged trike was submerged in the river about a half a mile downstream from where Gevaux had been camping, Hume said.

The Sheriff's Office contacted Gevaux and made arrangements for him to pick up his trike.

Now that his bike is recovered, he wants to continue his journey, Gevaux told the Daily Press.

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He's is currently staying with Stacey Todd in Idaho Springs.

Todd said Gevaux was shocked when he received the news that his trike had been found.

"I don't think that he ever thought that'd he'd ever see it again," she said.

When the trike went missing, Gevaux was discouraged and did not want to continue his world tour. But, after the good news, he has decided to continue.

"He even considered going back to France and just calling it a loss but since decided to continue on," she said.

The tentative plan at this point is to find work on a ranch in Montana before traveling to Canada and eventually Alaska, Todd Said.

However, the trike might no longer be part of the equation. Gevaux said he is worried about water damage and behind schedule. To make it to Montana, he is more likely to hitchhike or take a road trip with his host.

"It could be fun," he said.

When Gevaux set out on his cycling journey it was about the challenge and the sport. However, along the way, and as a result of his trike disappearing, he now feels that it's more important to meet people and embrace new experiences.

"I will try to find a ranch for work, not for (wanting) money but for (discovering) experiences," he said.

After the Craig Daily Press printed a story on May 8 regarding the missing trike, several members of the community offered to replace the trike or make donations toward a new one. Gevaux declined all donations.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@craigdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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