Mike Hall Confirmed Dead As IPWR Cancelled

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Update: Official statement released confirming Mike has died.

Official statement
Official statement

The statement reads..

Mike Hall:

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.

Winner of the 2012 World Cycle Race, a two-time winner of the Tour Divide and 2014 winner of the TransAm Bicycle Race, 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.

The tragedy is a great loss to the global cycling community.

A tribute ride in Mike’s honour is being planned in Sydney for Sunday. More details will be released as soon as practicable.

Original story:

The organisers of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race have cancelled the event following the death of a competitor. As yet, there is no official confirmation, however from the position of the reported accident, outside Canberra, and the GPS spot tracker, it would appear that it is Mike Hall.

Mike Hall
Mike Hall bossing the Blue Pig on bald tyres and a rigid bike.

Mike was the winner of our Singletrack Legend award in October last year, for his epic feats of endurance including his incredible record breaking Tour Divide of 2016. He came to the awards on his Tour Divide bike, straight out of the box on its first ride since the race, which he proceeded to ride around our local technical trails above Hebden Bridge, unhindered by its lack of suspension or knobbly tyres.

Off the bike, he made an impression on everyone he talked to with his quiet manner and modesty about his achievements. No matter that he had ridden further than many of us will ride in a lifetime, talking to him made you feel that your efforts on a bike were every bit as valid as his.

Here at Singletrack and grit.cx we are stunned and saddened as we await confirmation of this worst of news. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (13)

    This is such a tragedy. R.I.P. Mike.

    Oh my God. No way!!!! 🙁

    What incredibly sad news.

    What awful news to wake up to. RIP Mike Hall. An inspiration and a legend.

    Terrible news, gutted. R.I.P.

    Been avidly dot watching the IPWR and checked on Mike before going to bed last night. Woke to this news. Absolutely gutting!

    Terrible news for all family and friends of Mike. Awful.

    He was a legend here in the Harrogate cycling community, RIP.

    very sad news and I extend deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

    Oh my God. My stomach lurched when I heard this on the news. Awful awful news. Deepest sympathy to his family.

    Well damn it such a loss. RIP and condolences to his family

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