This morning we learnt the devastating news that Mike Hall, a pioneer of Ultra Endurance cycling, was hit by a car on the Indian Pacific Wheel Race and sadly passed away.
Mike was more than just another cyclist with a big ambitions. With a c.v that included prestigious wins at the World Cycle Race in 2012, two wins at Tour divide and a win at TransAM Bicycle Race, in many cases setting new course records.
Beyond racing, Mike Hall was a Race Director, setting up Transcontinental and rideeatmake.co.uk, establishing a central base for bike packing knowledge, training and informal rides.
Mike will be remembered for his true humble nature, uncompromising competitiveness and jedi like position, more than willing to give any rider tips and knowledge to aid their adventure.
As the global cycle community learns of this news and the significance of his legacy has only begun to be realised.
The Race Directors of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race released the following statement
“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”
I wish my sincerest regards to Mike’s immediate family, partner and friends.