VIDEO: Bike Stolen From Fundraising Cyclist

A local photographer is asking the public for help to find his stolen bike.

While not taking photos, Don Martel cycles around the world raising money and awareness for the Alzheimer Society.

Martel's bicycle was stolen from a parking garage on Maiden Lane Monday morning — despite being locked to a bike rack.

He tells CTV Windsor he hopes to find his travel companion before embarking on his next ride through Europe, Russia, China, Australia and New Zealand in 2020.

"I'm hopeful it will come back. It would be really nice to get that bike. I can get a replacement eventually, somehow, but I would like to have my buddy back," says Martel.

He estimates the bike would cost around $2,700 to replace.

"I would like to get the same bike because I know it's very sturdy and it's made for long distance riding," he says. "I have no idea what I'm going to do. Literally, it's my baby and it's gone."

Martel has owned the bike since 2015 and has put over 25,000 kilometres on it.

"A friend of mine that helped me on my first west to east journey, helped me out customizing it so that it's a little more comfortable. The right pedals are on it and all those things," he says.

The 61-year-old has raised more than $40,000 for the Alzheimer Society using the bike.

Anyone with information about the bike is asked to call Windsor police or Crime Stoppers.


With files from Bob Bellacicco