Gavin Francis' bike found near bridge on January 2...

Suffolk police are appealing for information about cyclist Gavin Francis who has not been seen since New Year’s Eve.

The 44-year-old was reported missing by his family on Wednesday January 1 having not being seen since around 5:45pm on December 31 when he left his home in Purdis Farm near Ipswich to go for a bike ride.

On Thursday January 2, police found Gavin’s bike on steps near to the Orwell Bridge.

Since then Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, the coastguard and Suffolk Police including the NPAS helicopter have made numerous searches of the areas. Additionally work has been done to ascertain whether Gavin has been in touch with any friends or family but no evidence of any contact has been found.

Gavin is described as white, 6ft tall, of average build, with dark brown receding hair, blue eyes and is clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a navy blue lycra cycling top with a white stripe down the side and navy blue lycra cycling shorts.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Gavin in the area of the bridge on the evening of Tuesday 31 December.

Anyone with any information that may help is asked to call Ipswich Police on 101

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.