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.
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.