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One thousand cyclists ride in Sydney in memory of Mike Hall

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.

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

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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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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