British ultracyclist was killed while competing in Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia this morning

An appeal to raise money for the partner and family of ultracyclist Mike Hall, killed this morning while competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race,  passed its £20,000 target in a matter of hours and donations are still flooding in, with more than £60,000 at last count.

The 35-year-old lost his life in a collision involving a car on the Monaro Highway, south of Canberra at 6.20am this morning in news that has shocked the cycling community in Britain, Australia and beyond.

> Tributes paid to British ultracyclist Mike Hall following his death today during Indian Pacific Wheel Race

He had been lying second in the race behind Kristof Allegaert, a three-time winner of the Transcontinental race that Hall founded, and the Belgian rider was among those to pay tribute to him.

The race has been cancelled and organisers are planning a ride in tribute to Hall in Sydney on Sunday.

A Just Giving page was set up by ultracyclist James Hayden “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.”

At the time of writing, donations of more than £60,000 have been made.

You can contribute here.

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.