Round the world rider has his bike stolen after 5,000km trip

Jacky Chen had his bike stolen in Vancouver after travelling more than 5,000km on his around the world trip

A rider attempting to complete an around the world journey by bike saw his dream destroyed late last week, after his bike was stolen during a stopover in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

Jacky Chen, from Taiwan, locked his bike up to a fence last Friday, having already been on the road for three months. When he returned however, the fence had been broken and his trusty steed stolen.

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Chen set-off Anchorage, Alaska on June 5 having left his job as an electrical engineer in his native Taiwan to take on the mammoth challenge.

The 37-year-old has been staying with hosts he met over the internet on the journey which will take in more than 100,000km and 100 countries.

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Chen's round the world map (Facebook)

But now Chen is appealing to the person who stole his bike to return it, which also holds a certain level of sentimentality for him.

“The first thing I thought was, how am I going to continue my trip?” he told the Vancouver Metro. “I rode this bike for three and a half months. It’s meaningful for me.”

“My bike is not worth a lot, but it’s priceless for me,” he added. “If I can get it back, I would be very grateful.”

Chen leaves for the next leg of his trip to Seattle this week, with dozens of offers reportedly coming in to give him a new bike after he announced on his Facebook page that it had been stolen.

It touches my heart,” he said on the offers. “Some of these people I will never meet, but they feel just like my family.”

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Richard Windsor
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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.


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