79-year-old last seen in Chelmsford yesterday afternoon

Police in Essex have asked the public to keep an eye out for a cyclist suffering from dementia who has gone missing.

Michael Lewis, aged 79, was last seen yesterday afternoon at 2pm when he left his home in Chelmsford to go on a bike ride, reports the Daily Gazette.

It is not the first time the dementia sufferer has gone missing on a bike ride – previously he was found in Harlow, six hours after leaving Chelmsford.

Police say that Mr Lewis is white, around 5 foot 10, and dressed in a long-sleeved checked shirt and dark-green cargo pants, and would be riding a blue Falcon bicycle with beige saddlebag.

Anyone with information that can help police trace Mr Lewis is asked to contact Essex Police on 0300 333 4444.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.