THE owner of Chris Froome’s Tour de France-winning bike has put it up for auction – because it’s too big for her.
Jackie Fraser, 51, has never even taken the £10,000 Pinarello Dogma 2 for a spin because the frame is 13 centimetres too tall.
The 5ft 1in cycling fanatic won the coveted bike last year in a magazine competition and has pledged to split the auction cash pot between several charities – including the hospice that cared for her mother-in-law during the last days of ovarian cancer battle.
Froome won the Tour de France in 2013 having been named King of the Mountains for six stages and crossed the finish line four minutes and 20 seconds ahead of second-placed Nairo Quintana.
Ms Fraser, from the New Town, was in France for cycling’s premier event, but once she got her hands on Froome’s bike she struggled to even mount it.
“I am way too short for the bike,” said the software saleswoman.
“Chris Froome is 6ft 1in and I’m 5ft 1in, but if I were the right size it’s still too good a bike for me.
“The wheels alone are worth up to £3000 and I’m just not all that.
“If it had fitted my husband, I would have given it to him and given some money to charity, but it’s too big for him, too. We’re just too wee!”
Ms Fraser says she can’t even throw her leg over the frame without using a stool but has perched on the saddle “just for the thrill of it”.
It is understood the bike’s components are worth more than £10,000 but Ms Fraser hopes its connection to Tour de France champion Froome will help it fetch much more.
Another Tour bike ridden by Froome recently sold online for several times its £8000 reserve price and bids for Jackie’s model are already topping £5000 with more than a week left to run on the auction.
Ms Fraser and her husband, Simon Fielding-Turton, are both keen cyclists and love to go on ski-mountaineering expeditions.
But knee injuries have recently put paid to high-octane pursuits.
“We’ve both spent a lot of time in the early part of the year on static bikes in the house just grinding away, trying to get mobility back in the knees,” said Ms Fraser.
“You feel as if you’re never going to be able to cycle again, but sitting there facing the bike was a wonderful thing, because you thought about how those guys ride such long distances, and you never hear a pro rider complain.”
All money raised from the sale will go to Carers UK, Action for Children Scotland, and brain damage charity Cerebra, as well as St Wilfred’s Hospice in Chichester, where Jackie’s mother-in-law, Cynthia Bourne, died of ovarian cancer in 2012.
“It’s a Cinderalla cancer, because women often get turned away and are told ‘it’s just your age, you’ve got the menopause, it’s bloating’, and typically by the time it’s found it’s at stage four,” she said.
“She was a wonderful woman, she loved her sports.”
Ms Fraser added that the bike has actually cost her a great deal of money.
“It made me think, I want a new bike, so I bought myself a new bike,” she said. “Then I felt really sorry for my husband, so I bought him a new bike, too!”