Kristof Allegaert leads tribute to his friend and rival, hundreds ride in other Australian cities to remember Briton killed on Friday

One thousand cyclists gathered in Sydney this morning to ride in memory of Mike Hall, the British ultracyclist killed on Friday at the age of 35 while taking part in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race.

Kristoff Allegaert, who was leading the IWPR when news broke on Friday morning of Hall’s death in a road traffic collision near Canberra, led the ride to commemorate his friend and rival.

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Thursday had seen the pair exchange the race leadership several times as they battled to be the first to reach the Pacific Ocean.

This morning’s tribute ride began at the Rapha Cycle Club in the Surry Hills and ended at Sydney Opera House where the IWPR, cancelled by organisers after Hall’s death, had been due to end.

Rides also took place in other cities across Australia, with the race capturing the public’s imagination since the 70 competitors left Fremantle, Western Australia a fortnight ago.

Among them were Adelaide and Melbourne, both of which Hall past through in the days before his death.

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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.