Sat here with a tear in my eye for someone I never met, never knew except through their cycling achievements.
I think the reason why is that people like Mike always showed us that pushing beyond what you thought was possible isn’t easy but it can be done.
That last mile ridden hard, that last climb done out of the saddle might be all I can do to stretch myself, to achieve more than I thought I could but it’s people like Mike who make me believe it’s worth trying.
Worth the risk of failing, not achieving.
I’ll get the chance of another last mile, another final climb and now Mike won’t.
Which is a tragedy for him, his relations and his friends and my thoughts are with all of them.Posted 10 months agoravingdaveSubscriber
Never met him. But I was always amazed and impressed by his achievements and his humility. He was an inspirational rider that for me at least raised the profile of this little known area of the sport. I will go for a ride this evening, and think about him and what he achieved
Ride free MikePosted 10 months agoscudMember
Only met Mike a couple of times, at Strathpuffer and a talk, but have always followed his flashing tracker at TCR, Tour Divide and the like, i sat there last night watching his SPOT tracker not moving and as i went to bed at midnight, the news was they thought it was a motorbike and that Mike was stuck in the traffic.
I hate that faux sentiment you see on Facebook and the like, but i can honestly say that only twice in my life has the news of someone passing away hit me in the gut and genuinely make me shed a tear, when John Peel died because he was music to me as a lad, and working 14 hour shifts in a kitchen he soundtracked my late hours and the news this morning of Mike Hall.
I sat there and shed a tear and felt and still feel genuinely shocked, i think that anyone that as attached bike bags to their bike knowing they were off on an adventure and normal life was being put on hold for a bit or anyone that has pushed their body harder than they thought possible and been on the bike at 5am with their mind playing tricks, could do nothing but hold Mike in the highest esteem and just marvel at what he achieved. The fact that he did it for little reward or recognition and whilst be a nice bloke was what he will be remembered for.Posted 10 months agospawnofyorkshireSubscriber
Very sad news. I heard him interviewed on the The Bike Show Podcast and he was an inspiring man in what he did and what he said.
If you don’t listen to the podcast the link is here http://thebikeshow.net/transcontinental-race-wrap-up/Posted 10 months agofreeagentMember
For those who haven’t seen Mike Hall in action, I can’t recommend this movie enough.
Amazing achievements Mike, such a true loss.
the fact he was such an unassuming, humble, normal guy made his achievements all the more amazing.Posted 10 months ago
No big money sponsors, no snazzy suits at award ceremonies, just total focus on the ride and what he needed to do.josemctavishMember
Was devastated to read this early this morning before my ride. Have followed Mike’s dots ever since the World Cycle Race and he is a genuine hero of mine. He came across as driven, focused, down to earth, and modest despite all his achievements. My thoughts go out to his family and friends, can’t imagine how they must feel.Posted 10 months agoferritMember
Mike was an incredible athlete, very modest about his achievements and remained grounded through it all. Happy to chat and have a beer, top lad.
Met him when racing the first Transprovence. Mike broke his ribs on the first stage of day 1, but continued the race, including riding all the uplifts! Beast.
A really big loss to the cycling world. Ride on Sir, you’ll be missed terribly.Posted 10 months agotonyjaMember
Very sad to read this last night. Remember Mike as a right character on the early BikeMagic forum days and was amazed and impressed reading his non stop list of feats since then. Very very sad for all those who knew him, it sounds like he did more in a short life than most people could ever imagine doing in a long one. RIPPosted 10 months ago
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