Ultra-distance cycling champion Mike Hall killed during Indian Pacific Wheel Race

Mike Hall

THE cycling world is mourning the loss of British ultra-distance cyclist Mike Hall who was killed by a vehicle whilst competing in the trans-Australia Indian Pacific Wheel Race.

The 35-year-old, who was in second place at the time, died at the scene following a collision with a vehicle on the Monaro Highway before 6.30am.

Organisers of the race – a solo, unsupported ride covering almost 5500 kilometres, that crosses the Nullarbor Plain then winds through Adelaide, Melbourne and then Sydney – cancelled the event after learning of the tragic news.

Hall was one of the world’s best ultra-distance riders, having previously won the Trans Am Bike Race across America, and the Tour Divide which traverses the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico.

The Indian Pacific Wheel Race, organised by Australia’s 2015 Trans Am winner Jesse Carlsson, was the first time Mike Hall and Kristoff Allegaert had gone head-to-head, with showdown being closely followed by cycling fans across the world as the leaders approached Sydney.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Mike’s family, friends, colleagues and fellow racers.

A tragic loss of a true champion.

A tribute ride is being planned for Sunday in Sydney.