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Indian Pacific Wheel Race cancelled after organisers confirm 35-year-old from Yorkshire was victim of road traffic collision near Canberra

Tributes are being paid to Mike Hall, the ultracyclist killed earlier today in a road traffic collision during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia. Organisers of the event confirmed that the 35-year-old from Yorkshire was the victim and have cancelled the coast-to-coast event.

A Just Giving page has been set up to help support his partner and family, and a tribute ride is planned for Sunday in Sydney – the city Hall was heading towards when he was killed while riding on the Monaro Highway, south of Canberra, at 6.20am.

Hall was a towering figure in the world of ultracycling, not just for his riding, but also for the events he organised – this year sees the fifth edition of the Transcontinental Race, which he founded in 2013 – and the inspiration and encouragement he gave to others.

He won the TransAm Race twice and the Tour Divide, and holds the records for completing both events in the shortest time. In 2012, he won the World Cycle Race in 91 days, 18 hours, faster than the then Guinness World Record for circumnavigating the globe by bicycle.

> Interview: Mike Hall on his round-the-world ride

Hall, who lived in Wales, was a supporter of Newborns Vietnam, and in 2013 and 2015 led the Vietnam Challenge Ride organised by Cycle A Difference to raise funds for the charity, which aims to “improve access to and quality of newborn care in the poorest rural areas” of the country.

In a statement, the organisers of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, which began in Fremantle, Western Australia a fortnight ago and in which Hall was vying with the Belgian rider Kristof Allegaert to be the first to reach the finish at Sydney Opera House today, said:

The Indian Pacific Wheel Race joins the family, loved ones and friends of Mike Hall in mourning his death. Mike was killed in an incident with a vehicle this morning.

Our deepest sympathies go to Mike’s family and to all those who knew him. Mike will be sorely missed.

Mike revelled in the spirit and adventure of ultra-endurance cycling events. Mike’s efforts in both raising money and the spirits of others were tremendous and he leaves an incredible legacy.

This tragedy is a great loss to the global cycling community.

A tribute ride is planned in Sydney for Sunday. More details will be released as soon as practicable.

Allegaert posted a picture to Twitter this morning from outside Sydney Opera House in honour of his friend and rival.

Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, said: "What a terrible tragedy. Cyclists who have crossed the continent as part of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race are due to arrive in Sydney tonight but it won’t be in celebration – it will be in mourning.

"My thoughts are with this cyclist’s family and friends and with the IPWR community."

Hall's bike sponsor, Kinesis, paid tribute to him in a post on Instagram.

Round-the-world cyclist Juliana Buhring, who was also taking part in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, posted a video to Facebook in which she spoke of her shock of learning about the death of someone she described as her "friend and mentor."

Ultracyclist James Hayden, who said on Twitter, “Mike gave me everything I am,” has set up a Just Giving page “to raise money to help Anna (Mike's partner), and Mike's family in this difficult time.”

He wrote: “Mike will be remembered by us all for his kindness, good heart and bravery.

“Mike was a shining light in many of our lives, enabling us to find the best of ourselves. 

“My sincere thoughts and love are with Anna, and Mike's Family. 

“Keep pedalling Mike.”

One of the cyclists due to take part in this year’s Transcontinental Race is road.cc contributor, Jo Burt.

He said: “I only met him a few times, he was a very quiet and humble man, he'd never mention his achievements and to look at him you'd never know all that he did.

“For most people just doing the riding he did would be enough, but to organise a race to enable, and inspire, people to do something similar was something incredible.

“Absolutely one of a kind. Thanks for the opportunity, Mike.”

Another member of road.cc staff who met him on several occasions is John Stevenson, who said: "One of the best of us has been taken from us far too young.

"Mike Hall packed more into his 35 years than most of us can hope to achieve in a lifetime, but was always gracious, smiling and friendly – even when he’d just ridden round the world.

"He’d done exactly that when I first met him, smashing the previous round the world cycling record to win the World Bicycle Race in 2012. If he was bothered that Guinness subsequently changed the rules so his record wasn’t official, he never let it show. He’d done it, and that was enough for Mike.

"His organisation of the Transcontinental Race demonstrated Mike’s deep sense of fair play, as well as his ability to take a classically British crazy idea and make it happen.

"I was lucky enough to bump into him a few more times over the following years, hearing him talk about his round-the-world ride, at the pre-ride party for that first Transcontinental and sharing a beer at the Eurobike show afterwards, and at other trade shows.

"Some people add a glow to the world just by being in it, and Mike was one of them. He had time to talk to everyone and greeted them all like old friends.

"I suspect everyone who knew Mike even from a brief meeting feels like they lost a friend this morning; I know his close friends and family will be devastated.

"My thoughts are particularly with his mum Patricia, who was always supportive of her son’s crazy adventures, and his partner Anna.

"I have a PedalEd cycling cap from the Transcontinental that Mike gave me when I last saw him. I’ll be wearing it this weekend, and thinking of an inspiring human being."

The thoughts of all of us at road.cc are with Mike’s partner, family and friends.

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.

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Freddy56 [280 posts] 8 months ago
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he squeezed a lifetime into a short one. thoughts to his family.

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MandaiMetric [131 posts] 8 months ago
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An inspiring individual. RIP

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RobD [539 posts] 8 months ago
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Such a shame, the world needs more people like him

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tritecommentbot [2268 posts] 8 months ago
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Instead of letting this put us off using the road, the best way to respect Mike's achievements is to ride more often and further. Make touring by bike as normative as touring by car. Take your bike and do your biggest ride ever and think of Mike when it gets tough. Mike was a star, need to make sure the Transcontinental continues as his legacy ride. 

 

Feel angry though. Really want a way to blame this driver, direct it at them. 

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Yorkshire wallet [1568 posts] 8 months ago
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RIP.

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Liaman [67 posts] 8 months ago
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I had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time chatting with Mike during the Yorkshire grand depart a few years ago. 

He was such a friendly, positive, and humble man. He inspired lots of us in the cycling community to go that little bit further, and I imagine that many a pedal will be pushed this weekend in his honour. 

RIP

 

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christoff [3 posts] 8 months ago
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Shocking news, so so sad , Mike  Will never realise how many he inspired but this will live on 

 Still in a state of shock 

 

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dampjumper [17 posts] 8 months ago
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I know how you feel, but it may not have been the driver's fault, or it may not have been *entirely the driver's fault, we don't know the circumstances. Such a tragedy, as rta deaths always are. Very sad.

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aslongasicycle [389 posts] 8 months ago
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His work on The Transcontinental really inspired me. He made us love cycling even more. Ride well Mike. 

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aslongasicycle [389 posts] 8 months ago
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The _Kaner [1147 posts] 8 months ago
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Condolences to his family and friends.
Long may his wheels turn in what ever adventures lie ahead....

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STiG911 [283 posts] 8 months ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Instead of letting this put us off using the road, the best way to respect Mike's achievements is to ride more often and further.  

Hear, hear.

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700c [1171 posts] 8 months ago
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unconstituted wrote:

Instead of letting this put us off using the road, the best way to respect Mike's achievements is to ride more often and further. Make touring by bike as normative as touring by car. Take your bike and do your biggest ride ever and think of Mike when it gets tough. Mike was a star, need to make sure the Transcontinental continues as his legacy ride. 

 

Feel angry though. Really want a way to blame this driver, direct it at them. 

 

So well put, Unconstituted.

Absolute tragedy. This feels really shocking especially since  I've been following his updates here and on the site. 

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scouser_andy [41 posts] 8 months ago
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Honestly and genuinely shocked by this. Tragic events like this shows you how fragile life is. Condolences to all that knew him.

I think Kinesis have sage advice for us all in their post featured in the story: "Ride your bikes, hold your love ones tight and remember to enjoy the gift of life".

Rest now Mike, your ride is over.

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StoopidUserName [373 posts] 8 months ago
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Terrible news, RIP.

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King_Louis [27 posts] 8 months ago
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Extremely sad. This humbles me to think what I have. It makes me want to ride in honour of such a wonderful man. RIP Mike.

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Simon E [3154 posts] 8 months ago
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700c wrote:
unconstituted wrote:

Instead of letting this put us off using the road, the best way to respect Mike's achievements is to ride more often and further. Make touring by bike as normative as touring by car. Take your bike and do your biggest ride ever and think of Mike when it gets tough. Mike was a star, need to make sure the Transcontinental continues as his legacy ride. 

 

Feel angry though. Really want a way to blame this driver, direct it at them. 

 

So well put, Unconstituted.

Absolute tragedy. This feels really shocking especially since  I've been following his updates here and on the site. 

Both these sentiments mirror my own.

RIP Mike. You were and are a huge inspiration to so many people.

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bobbydazzler [9 posts] 8 months ago
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RIP Mike, been dot-watching you in the IPWR for the past two weeks, reading your tweets and watching Youtube updates.  When I went to the dot-tracking website this morning to see if Kristoff had finished, or whether Mike had caught up on him, like on Wednesday, and then saw the news, I realised how much that dot meant to me.  I never even met you, but you've inspired me to ride further, dig deeper and give a bit more back to the world.

My thoughts go out to Mike's family at this time.  

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kitsunegari [327 posts] 8 months ago
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RIP Mike, what an inspiration.

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Zubkee [3 posts] 8 months ago
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Taken too soon. Rest in peace dude, you've been an inspiration.

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Jimbomitch [162 posts] 8 months ago
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RIP Mike, a true inspiration. Condolences to family and friends.

 

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YorkshireMike [92 posts] 8 months ago
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I can remember reading his exploits in the World Cycle Race in 2012 while I was travelling NZ... it absolutely inspired me to take up cycling  - moreso than the Olympics or anything like that. He really embodied the sincere, ride for the love it side of cycling. Rest in peace mate.

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Sir Wobbly [22 posts] 8 months ago
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Genuinely shocked and saddened at the news.

My condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him.

Here's a reminder of the Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Mikehall

 

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StraelGuy [1095 posts] 8 months ago
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Awful news, RIP Mike.

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sammutd88 [56 posts] 8 months ago
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Shocking news and an absolute tragedy. I was among the dot watchers and eagerly followed this race across our beautiful country. Even though I only personally know one rider in the race, watching the trackers everyday somehow felt like I knew them all. I'm sure the blue tracker of Mike's will continue to ride along on the other side. Condolences to his family. Ride on. 

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spin cycle [73 posts] 8 months ago
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bobbydazzler wrote:

RIP Mike, been dot-watching you in the IPWR for the past two weeks, reading your tweets and watching Youtube updates.  When I went to the dot-tracking website this morning to see if Kristoff had finished, or whether Mike had caught up on him, like on Wednesday, and then saw the news, I realised how much that dot meant to me.  I never even met you, but you've inspired me to ride further, dig deeper and give a bit more back to the world.

My thoughts go out to Mike's family at this time.  

Exactly my feelings bobbydazzler

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OllieD [25 posts] 8 months ago
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spin cycle wrote:
bobbydazzler wrote:

RIP Mike, been dot-watching you in the IPWR for the past two weeks, reading your tweets and watching Youtube updates.  When I went to the dot-tracking website this morning to see if Kristoff had finished, or whether Mike had caught up on him, like on Wednesday, and then saw the news, I realised how much that dot meant to me.  I never even met you, but you've inspired me to ride further, dig deeper and give a bit more back to the world.

My thoughts go out to Mike's family at this time.  

Exactly my feelings bobbydazzler

 

Well said, seeing Kristoff take a break with Mike still on the road was very exciting. Such an awful loss and as you said, having never met the man, social media and the nature of the IndiPac with the work Carlsson has done made us feel like we knew him/them.

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davel [1967 posts] 8 months ago
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Utter tragedy.

Your pedalling's done, Mike: rest up mate. Your legacy will have a tailwind.

 

"the best way to respect Mike's achievements is to ride"

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peted76 [795 posts] 8 months ago
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Such a shock, such a shame. Sad day.

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gonedownhill [168 posts] 8 months ago
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Really, really sad. Rest in peace, Mike.

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