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  • jules

    devastated. so sorry to hear. no words can do justice

  • Jamie

    This is awful. Simply awful.

    • badhombrebigdo

      that’s putting it mildly… fuck. How tragic.

  • Michael

    I hope you have ensured that family and friends have been notified of this terrible news formally before publishing this.

    • jules

      There is already broad speculation on the identity of the deceased. No one has confirmed their identity yet, but it’s a publicised fact that grave concerns are held for Mike Hall. There’s little doubt that his family would be aware of this, if they were following IPWR social media.

    • Wily_Quixote

      it is on abc news website that a rider in that race was killed.

      • Robert Rau

        We all hope the media have jumped the gun in making an assumption.

  • Nitro

    For the last 13 days, thousands of us all over the world have sat glued to maps of Australia watching dots speed across the country.
    Every life lost on our roads is a tragedy, but somehow this feels different.
    I’ve never met any of the riders, I likely never will, and this type of event is an challenge I could not even imagine taking on. But over the last 13 days it feels like we’ve got to know at least some of the riders.
    We’ve cheered while watching dots moving across the screen, we’ve been glued to Twitter, we’ve marvelled at the photos and videos coming in from the course, we’ve had countless social media conversations with complete strangers across the world addicted to following the event, and our admiration for everyone undertaking this adventure has grown in a way none of us expected.
    There are bike races going on every day of the year. Yet somehow – and I have yet to work out why – this one has captured the imagination of the public like none before.
    For someone to lose their life while undertaking what must be one of the greatest adventure challenges possible on a bike – Tragic beyond words.

    • Chris

      This is a good comment. It sums up a bit of what is going through my head, none more than “thoughts are with the family and friends of the rider, and all riders on this dark day”

    • Billy Bob

      I actually met Mike 2 days ago when he rode thru my town. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy and even took a few moments to chat to my son. I too have been enthralled by the IPWR, more so than some of the big tours. It has had a real personal side where we could relate to the riders and think to ourselves “hey I wouldn’t mind giving that a crack” or “if they can do it, maybe I can do it”.

      But here we are again, another cyclist killed on our roads :( and nothing will change until the attitude of drivers does. Just this morning I was reading on fb a bunch of vitriol toward cyclists and internet tough guys talking about running them over. So sad to think that a large part of society think it’s ok to threaten and intimidate (or worse) people out doing something healthy with a 1 tonne cage around them.

      #RIPMike

      • NY’er

        While this is beyond tragic, let’s by mindful of this driver in particular. We don’t know the circumstances of this accident. They may have been the best driver in the world (and perhaps a cyclist themselves). What we do know is that Mike was fatigued in the extreme and had stopped the previous day with vision issues. Unfortunately this driver’s life has changed forever too in what may not have been their fault.

        • George Darroch

          Well said. I’m sure there were a range of issues, and for the moment this remains a tragic accident.

        • brucegr

          True….and I know this is perhaps not the best time to raise such things, but last week I was castigated for raising the fact that some of the cyclists in this event are not wearing hi vis apparel. Mike rode his whole trip in solid all black kit. I am a cyclist, and it wouldn’t have been my choice. Mike had complained on several occasions when being interviewed about close passes, one really rattling his nerves.

          • ummm…

            I wear Hi vis. Im not sure of its effectiveness in all light situations, but your point is duly noted. Lets wait and see if this played a part.

            • Alan hamilton

              I cycled across Australia in 2015 in 2 months not 2 weeks on a touring holiday and I had a hi vis vest on at all times and a rear view mirror–both essential for me–our group of senior riders had some 4.30 am starts riding into the dawn and we just got off the road when road trains approached from behind with all lights blazing–you only have too see the thousands of dead kangaroos on the side of the road to know this is a sensible thing to do –cycle ride of a lifetime !!

              • ummm…

                that sounds amazing. 2 month tour with friends? couldn’t get much better than that really. maybe birth of kids….but i dont have any.

                • Alan hamilton

                  Our trans Australia urban seniors ride was from Kings Park Perth to King Edward Park Newcastle via Albany,Esperance ,Norseman ,Nullarbor ,Ceduna ,Port Augusta ,Broken Hill and the long drag across n.s.w. to home— plenty of siteseeing along the way— recommend this to any cyclists who has thought about —- in May setting off with 4 friends to cycle Darwin to Broome and we might kick onto Perth– we will see how we are going !!

        • badhombrebigdo

          level headed response, no doubt, but the cynic in me is turned the other way on this.. having been nearly killed riding my bike, I just i dunno, for every cyclist that’s been hit, i think this strikes us a lil’ different. I never can really wrap my head around a motorist hitting a cyclist, sans a few situations… it is what it is I suppose…

          • Billy Bob

            I’ve edited my comment as this isn’t the time or place for a debate. May Mike RIP and I hope everyone gets home safe to their family :(

            • badhombrebigdo

              in light of the fact that it’s a comments section of a cycling website, I’d beg to differ abt the whole notion of this not being the “place”, but in regards to the “time”.. yes, I can concede that much. And I share your sentiment contained in the last sentence of your new, edited comment…

          • ummm…

            well, we also need to be wary of that logic. There would be many old women here in nyc that would complain the same about cyclists. We are not just victims. However, nothing is yet clear in this tragic accident.

        • I agree we cannot assume fault, best leave that to the investigators. :-(

        • ummm…

          sup fellow new yorker. Your comment is empathetic and understanding. There surely are risks one takes when competing in such an event, or by simply driving a car. Undeniably this is a tragedy for all involved, none more so than Mike, his family, and a person who may have been on their way to work on a Friday morning. I think it is important that we look at this incident as a learning tool (as if we had to be reminded more of the dangers of road cycling) and carry Halls memory on every ride we take, solo or alone. Take care of those around you. Stop for broke down cyclists. Wave drivers through at intersections. Make eye contact. Ride within yourself. Carry Mikes memory forward and bring more care and empathy into all of our lives.

      • Dmitch

        Billy Bob it was dark and the driver was in shock and taken to hospital. Sometimes bad things happen. I’d be more angry if there was some other factor involved, but cyclists need max light protect at night. Maybe Mike became too complacent. Feel badly for family.

    • Chris Green

      My sentiments entirely. Absolutely gutted.

    • xponti

      Nitro, Well Said. Summed it up perfectly.

      • Wily_Quixote

        Yep I agree. Nitro hit the mark with this one.

    • fugazied

      Yeah I am really upset right now. Didn’t know Mike personally, but watch many videos with him riding or talking about his love of long distance biking. The guy’s humour, tenacity, and love for riding were incredible. I had developed a real fondness for the bloke and looked forward to updates featuring him. I was cheering him on through the race. Devastated.

    • badhombrebigdo

      well put. Encapsulates how I feel precisely. Wasn’t watching the map incessantly, but was glued to Youtube looking at the coverage of the riders. This is tough. Hopefully his family can have some closure knowing he died doing what he loved.

  • Such a sad sad day :-( Lots of questions to answer, we’ve lost a cycling legend and great friend to the cycling world. Thoughts and prayers to Mike’s family :-(

  • Deryck Walker

    Fking devastating. Pure utter disbelief.

    • markpa

      Fking devastaing. Australian driver culture. No Surprise.

      • markpa

        Yes I am an Australian driver. But the lack of care and respect for others, not even the concept that it would be nice to not risk killing a cyclist, we see way too often astounds me.

        • santiagobenites

          Trust me. You take your life in your hands here in Canada too.

          • Youme

            Happens all over the world. Even in the most bike friendly of cities. People just need to be sure they do everything they can to be seen and to protect themselves.

        • ummm…

          here in nyc the “road wars” in australia are well known. My hope is that this tragedy is treated with respect and is used as a lesson to all that respect and safety are the first two rules. Unfortunately, while this hits all of us very hard, I’m not sure it will have the same effect for the non cyclist.

      • Ashok Captain

        Agree with the first bit of your comment, but its rather extreme to tar all Australian drivers with the same brush. We don’t know yet if it was rash driving or something else that caused this terrible tragedy. Just for the record, I’m commenting from India, and like everywhere else in the world we have our share of drivers who are on “Mission Roadkill” and others who cheer cyclists on/ pass safely. We’re all in shock over Mike’s death, but the second bit of your comment is a generalisation, even if it was rash driving that caused it.

        • jules

          well said Ashok

  • Kenneth Sanders

    I was under the impression the roads have been closed for this event. So how does this happen? This is very sad news and our thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.

    • Neil_Robinson

      nah, it’s a self supported journey on regular open roads.

      so that trip across the nullarbor was complete with road trains ripping past their right elbow.

    • Jessy Vee

      Nope. The race is on open roads, and the riders are aware of the dangers before they start. The top contenders are not novices to races such as these, and Mike currently holds the best time for two very similar races across the United States, and has had many top results for many years. You can read the rules of the race here: https://www.indianpacificwheelrace.com/rules

    • Mad Panda

      Where on earth did you get that impression? There are riders spread over 2000kms!!

    • ummm…

      cant close 5500km of roads. it was a 40 buck entry fee.

  • Andy B

    Reading this made me feel sick :( heart breaking news

  • Kym Petersen

    Oh this is just devastating. I feel like I know these little dots traversing our beautiful country and to wake to this news is utter sadness. Wishing all competitors safe passage on their journeys and that you all make it back home to your loved ones.

    • Jessy Vee

      It is absolutely terrible news. The identity of the rider has not yet been made public, but putting two and two together, I can’t believe that it was only a few days ago when I was rushing home after work, trying to (hoping to) meet this man who I’d never heard of until recently near Ringwood or The Basin, but ended up missing him because he’d taken an extended dinner stop at the Coach and Horses. Not just to family and friends, but to all of us who have been watching and cheering on, this is a huge and devastating loss. Best wishes go to everyone affected, especially his loved ones and the riders still racing. RIP XOX

      • Kym Petersen

        You’re right JV, the name hasn’t been released but it is looking ominous. The whole country has been captivated by this marvellous race, gosh I feel for them all right now.

        • Jessy Vee

          It’s fucked. :(

  • Muggles

    This is awful news to find out.
    RIP Mike :(

  • Geoff

    One note of caution. You will note that the press articles have been updated to say that it is unclear if the deceased cyclist was a competitor in the IPWR. Police will have to inform next of kin before they can make a public statement. While this is obviously a circumstance that is very close to the hearts of the readers of this site, and many here have ridden with IPWR competitors in the last days, in the interest of respect for those involved it is best not to speculate. We should all wait until a formal statement becomes available.

  • John

    I am gutted, awful.

  • Tedroy

    R.I.P Mike Hall. Gutted by the news. He was 24 hrs from the finish in second place. Fucking cars.

  • Sean

    This is horrible news, feeling sick reading about it.

  • George Darroch

    Awful. Rest in peace Mike Hall.

  • Gus

    I feel for whomever this may be, their friends and family. The signs do not look good for it not being Mike. I was looking at his dot this morning and wondering why he had appeared to stop where he had. Just horrible news regardless of who it is. For it to unfold while people have been following and mesmerised by the journey all these riders are undertaking in the IPWR ….. just speechless. Feeling very sad.

  • d;

    Positive vibes going that Mike might have stopped to help. Darn, regardless a cyclist dies needlessly on the road!

  • fishey334
    • Tom

      True, saw it a few minutes ago, but it was traveling at 98Km/h, not it gone to a STOP state again.

    • George Darroch

      At 98km/h, unfortunately.

  • Ian Garside

    Agree with all the comments, so sad, not looking forward to telling my 10 year old who has been following the dots with me. Would love to see his dot make it to the end, maybe by a relay of local riders in memory of him.

    • xponti

      Maybe all the following #IPWR riders could take turns at taking his transponder for a period. Sort of like Mike riding along with each of them to the finish. Then in Sydney, Kristof could ride Mikes bike over the finish line with Transponder attached, as a way of Mike finishing the race, he so justly deserved to finish.

  • Mark Blackwell

    Just horrible. Have been hoping for the best all morning, but fearing the worst.

    Really wondering if Kristof should ride into Sydney this afternoon. I was looking forward to a weekend of welcoming the riders to Sydney, cheering them on… but I can’t see how we could or should celebrate this now.

  • George Darroch

    This also comes after Eoin Marshall was hit and injured in Adelaide.

    I’m glad I took the train to work today.

  • RWH

    Devastated to read this article. I’ve been avidly watching the “dots” for the best part of two weeks and marvelling at the efforts of all the riders, using their efforts to inspire my riding.
    I unfortunately missed the leaders as they came through Melbourne a few days back, but continued to be amazed as they pushed on through Gippsland and across the Alps.
    Words struggle to convey the thoughts that I pass on to the family, friends, fellow participants and organisers of IPWR.

  • fishey334

    Well Shit…Its always the good souls that leave us all too soon. Been looking through beacon history time and it perfectly corresponds with the incident

  • Ian Routledge

    terrible news, very sad

  • Giuseppe Magnetico

    That stretch of road is wide open views for miles, mostly flat and straight with big shoulders to ride in. Driver most likely looking at their phone if they can’t see a cyclist in that environment. Unbelievable!

    • Allez Rouleur

      This makes is more devastating.

    • Michele

      Well you’ve saved the police a lot of work in their investigations. Well done.

    • Jessy Vee

      But it was at 6:25am, and most likely still quite dark. The driver was potentially not expecting to meet a cyclist along this stretch of road, and the google earth map shows that the section of road went from one to two lanes, and had what looks like a narrow and rough shoulder… However, when I was driving along it this time last year, I was surprised by the number of animals that had been hit and were lying on the side of the road, so perhaps locals should be aware of things ‘jumping out’ in front of them and should drive accordingly… Alas, this is speculation and definitely not helpful at all. :( I remember thinking that it would be a nice picturesque area to ride in, but the traffic hooning past me as I was already travelling at 100km/h was enough to turn me off the idea pretty quick.

      • Detlef Jumpertz

        It certainly would’ve been dark – sunrise in Canberra is currently around 7:15am. A tragedy and my condolences to the family of the cyclist and my admiration for everyone that entered the IPWR.

    • NY’er

      It’s fairly well documented that one of the biggest dangers of endurance cycling is falling asleep while riding. Mike even stopped yesterday due to vision issues.
      Let’s not assume it’s due to a crappy driver until more is known about the accident. It’s a tragic accident, but what if you were the driver?

      • Giuseppe Magnetico

        30 years of cycling and I’m done giving the driver the benefit of the doubt. It’s almost NEVER the case.

        • Michele

          Almost Always.

          40 + years of cycling and life experience has taught me that.

          • DaveRides

            19%, according to research from the University of Adelaide. That’s close enough to 1 in 5.

            That’s a minority of the time, but still far more than any amount you can reasonably call “almost never.”

            Until the police investigation is completed, I don’t want to speculate about which category it falls into.

        • campirecord

          That’s funny, 40 years of road cycling and I can say I still ride with people who burn lights or accelerate at stop signs. Oddly, my few times riding with pro tour athletes always leave me surprised how careful they are compared to Saturday warriors.

          • Giuseppe Magnetico

            Nothing funny about it. You have more tolerance than I. Would never allow that in our club. We’ve kicked out plenty if they didn’t adhere with responsible riding. Not what this is about though. At all.

    • Stan

      Not correct, that road has almost no shoulder, and is rolling hills. Lots of blind crests for a driver traveling at 100 kph it would be a surprise to come upon a cyclist.

      • Giuseppe Magnetico

        I’m doing a street view on Google maps right were Mike is stopped and it’s pancake flat with more of a shoulder than I have access to most of the time.

      • Hughesdale

        Please don’t comment about matters where there are going to be police investigations, it’s not helpful.

        • Tim Rowe

          Oh yes, I’m sure a police investigation involving a cyclist death will be thorough. Thorough enough to conclude there’s no reason to charge the motorist of anything, I’m sure.

          • Hughesdale

            If it is thorough, and it turns out charges are justified – comments here could be an obstacle to justice being served.
            It’s not helpful, regardless of the structural problems with the law and cycling.

            • DaveRides

              I agree. This whole post should be taken down.

      • Mad Panda

        The road at Williamsdale is flat wide and fast. Generally the road undulates a bit but tracks fairly consistently along the bottom of the valley. Lots of sight distance.

        Lets not jump to conclusions though.

    • Peter Treloar

      RIP Mike, a tragic occurance. My condolances to the family.

      The monaro highway is incredibly dangerous. I came upon a devestating head on collision about 3 years ago on this highway where at least 3 died. Have post traumatic over it ever since.

      Some reports say Mike was there at 4:30 am.

      Whilst I have avidly followed the IPWR it does seem incredibly dangerous.
      I feel for the driver. Just like a head on…. there will always be innocent parties.

  • De Mac

    This is absolutely horrible and tragic news, however, to automatically attribute fault to the sriver of the vehicle may be short-sighted.. R.I P. to the rider and condolences to their family.

  • Allez Rouleur

    No matter who the cyclist was, anytime someone is killed while enjoying the simple pleasure or utility of cycling, my heart brakes. It’s just crazy. It’s sad that we love bikes so much…golfers, squash players, etc, don’t have to deal with reckless, distracted drivers.

    Rest in peace, fellow wheeler, whether Mike or someone else. I got to “know” Mike via the Ride the Divide documentary, so this would indeed be extra saddening.

    Many heartfelt comments here. I wish Mike, his family, his friends, and those who cared about him peace and love.

  • Durianrider Vegano

    The driver was not even drug tested!!

    • Wily_Quixote

      Police routinely conduct drug and alcohol testing on everyone involved in a fatal crash. How can you be sure that this did not happen?

      • zosim

        Police statements say alcohol was not a factor so they at least tested for that one assumes.

        • DaveRides

          A preliminary assessment of that can be made on the spot, but a full blood test for alcohol and drugs would then have been conducted when the driver was taken to hospital.

          Blood tests will also be conducted as part of the autopsy on the deceased rider. Hopefully they won’t find anything interesting.

    • belgium2

      Shut up Durian. Stop stirring the pot. You dropped out after one day.

  • Pascal Bo

    Really sorry to read about the death of another cyclist apparently involving again a motor vehicle.

  • John Mcgrath

    The media will still write up anti-cyclist garbage articles that incite and create more aggressive drivers to use their cars as weapons

  • fugazied

    Absolutely devastated to hear this. The cycling world has lost a legend today. RIP Mike Hall.

  • Huddo

    I’m so sad and so angry that this has happened. When I saw this wonderful race was being organised in Australia, I really hoped that the riders wouldn’t encounter too many Australian drivers.

    We moved away from Australia to get away from them.

    My thoughts go out to Patricia and Anne and the rest of Mike’s family. He is so loved by everyone, a true inspiration.

  • Rob T

    Just horrible news!! The IPWR concept is fantastic and had kept me and many other dot watchers glued to any device to get updates.

    RIP Mike and my condolences to your family & friends

  • Cam

    Devastating news for all involved in this amazing, captivating event.

  • Russell Moore

    I was just on my way to cheer on Kristoff at Stanwell Tops when the tragic news was relayed to me. I can’t begin to say how sad I am both for Mike and his family and friends, and all the other IndiPac riders.

    I had been following the race like lots of others on screen, and I was feeling the pain of their ride, now this… Another cyclist gone too soon in a car crash, RIP Mike.

  • Marc

    First I would like to bring my condolences to his family and friends, it’s a tragedy.

    I don’t think it’s fair to automatically blame it on the driver or Australian car drivers in general, even though I know how terrible they can be. We need to know what exactly happened in the first place. It does raise some questions however. Should ‘races’ like this be allowed? Being on busy public roads being extremely fatigued towards the point of visual problems and beyond, is taking huge risks. We’re not allowed to be on the roads drunk or under the influence of drugs. Sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue can cause similar and worse brain states. It could be argued that riders in conditions like the ones in the IPWR shouldn’t be on the road. It’s flirting with danger, grave danger. I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the driver who hit and killed him. Have that vision for the rest of my life, even if I didn’t do anything wrong.

    • Observer

      You are right. It may not have been the organisers who actually got to make the call on this being cancelled. An advertised race with no road approvals. Would have taken the local Police traffic Commander about two seconds to make the call on the road.

    • DaveRides

      This is how ‘normal’ cycling races started off, before becoming more regulated as time went on.

      Those changes happened for a reason.

  • Stuart

    Typically the Police say that a car killed a cyclist. Not that an inattentive driver killed a person on a bicycle. So sad. Thoughts with family and friends. And nothing will happen and nothing will change because people on bicycles in Australia are treated as vermin and road kill by police and the media. The driver should have already been arrested and charged with culpable driving causing death as the default, but will walk away free. It makes me feel sick.

    • NY’er

      Possibly, just possibly, that’s not the case in this scenario. We have a massively fatigued cyclist who stopped due to vision issues a day before with only~2 hours sleep per night for the last 12 nights. If the driver of the car was this fatigued, then maybe you’d be right to point the finger. But in this case, it’s the cyclist.
      I’m not saying it’s not tragic… in fact it’s bloody awful but blaming the driver without the facts isn’t right.

      • Stuart

        If you see a person on as bicycle in front of you you slow down, be prepared they may need to change lines because of debris on the road, potholes, glass, anything. You give them a couple of metres at least. Full lane change is best. But I will say this looks like it occurred at an intersection. I’d bet inattentive driving before anything else.

        • bigringjim

          You’re forgetting this is in the pitch black dark at night, in the middle of nowhere on a 100km/h highway. Unfounded speculation doesn’t really help anything.

        • singlespeedscott

          You can only do so much when you are in a car doing 100 kmhr. If a cyclist has a micro sleep and wanders 2 or 3 metres into your lane just as you pass where can you go?

          • DaveRides

            I’ve been there a couple of times before, once as the sleep deprived cyclist weaving out of control and once as the driver taking avoiding action to save the cyclist’s life when they swerved all the way onto the opposite side of the road.

            Both were near misses, but I wasn’t in a fit state to continue my journey either time. My car wasn’t either the second time around.

            • George Darroch

              Good on you mate. Must have been a massive relief.

    • Tim

      Why automatically blame the driver? – we have no idea what happened. There are probably numerous factors involved including extreme fatigue on the rider’s behalf.
      Lets give everyone the benefit of the doubt at this stage and take some time to think about the cyclist, his family and friends, the competitors and the organisers at this tragic time.

      • DaveRides

        I agree that speculation should be avoided while this is still under investigation.

        It appears that the the ACT Police are taking it seriously, they have confirmed that their Crash Investigation Reconstruction Team is looking into it and will prepare a report for the Coroner. Assuming this is their equivalent to the Major Crash Investigation unit of the SA Police, that significantly reduces the chance of it being swept under the carpet.

    • DaveRides

      You disgust me.

      The driver has been taken to hospital in shock, and will be spoken to by police later.

      • Stuart

        Dave. GFY. F*ck the driver. You’re an apologist for the motorists rule mentality. Do you even ride a bicycle?

  • Tomos Watkin

    I hope you made sure that the next of kin was notified before publishing this

    • jules

      I understand the concern, but at this point – anyone with a fleeting interest in the IPWR now knows the likely identity of the deceased rider.

      You don’t have to agree with publishing his name, but let’s pay our respects and not turn it into a giant argument. And I’m directing that not at you, but generally at the flame war that has erupted on social media. It’s unnecessary, no matter what your view.

      RIP fellow cyclist.

      • Tomos Watkin

        Just imagine if you were a friend or family member and the first time you find out is a speculative article online? The police and IPWR hadn’t even released the name. The fact the identity is likely known isn’t the point. We have to think of the family at this time.

        I think the fact that the article title has been changed says it all

        • jules

          I can’t see how a flame war on the internet about publishing his now well-known name helps the family, sorry. I get your point, I’m not attacking that, but the way people are making it is unhelpful. And now I’m making the same mistake. I’ll leave it there.

        • As above, we changed the title to reflect the fact the race has been cancelled. And you’re right – the rider’s identity hasn’t yet been confirmed.

        • George Darroch

          I don’t have to imagine. And I’m (personally) okay with how CyclingTips wrote this up. But others may feel differently, obviously.

  • Mark Blackwell

    Thanks for changing the headline. Difficult situation, but I think right call.

    • Yeah, the situation has changed (race now cancelled) so we updated the piece to reflect that. Made sense to change the photo then too. What a horrible day.

      • Mark Blackwell

        Yep, feel for Jesse also. He created a wonderful, heroic event… just this morning I was brushing my teeth and thinking about what a superstar he is (really!)… now I imagine he feels truly horrible and as the promoter it probably won’t stop at that for him, no matter the disclaimer. In the minds of plenty of ordinary people looking at this incident, the idea of a race across the country, on public roads and with minimal sleep, is just going to seem irresponsible.

        • Our thoughts are absolutely with Jesse and his team at the moment. Devastating for them.

          • Disgruntledgoat

            Surely the riders can, and ultracycling and it’s spirit of self reliance, do take responsibility for the duress they put themselves under and the effects of that. Nobody is forcing anyone to ride 19 hours a day, Jesse least of all.
            I say this, of course, with no prejudice as to what transpired.

  • Jimmy Millers

    I rode with Kristof up the 1-20 on Monday and had to apologize for the behavior of one particular driver in a FWD who sounded his loud horn and swerved towards us. With these action and attitudes on the roads I was fearing something like this might happen. I also rode with Matthijs up the 1-20 and asked his opinion on Australian drivers and he said in all countries you will get bad drivers. I am feeling devastated.

    • Durianrider Vegano

      We escorted Cycling Maven up greenhill and a motorbike rider pulled right up to Mark and started swearing in his face until one of the lads took a swing at motoman and he f*cked off.

  • Swanson

    AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
    Healthy, free, the world before me,
    The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.

    Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune;

    Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
    Strong and content, I travel the open road.

    Ride in peace, Mike.

  • Carn Soaks

    SAD! the roads around Canberra can be treacherous, because they are country type roads but with a major metro population living nearby and using them. I hope we can see the event again and make all road users aware of other road users, especially when an event is in play. #mediamusthelp This guy was a real hero to avid cyclists, what ever your discipline.

  • Justin Stephenson

    Your article, released early this morning on Facebook, was nothing short of a disgrace. Where is your respect for the family and loved ones of the rider involved? It had been reported that an accident had occurred without the next of kin being notified, but you decided to publicly involve an individual. A shameful act of putting your website ahead of ethics and respect for another human being. Imagine your family finding out that you were dead via social media? I’m absolutely appalled…

    • bigringjim

      It was published in every major news outlet online this morning. Guardian, SBS, ABC, even road.cc (which is in the UK).

      I’m sure it’s absolutely horrible for the family no matter how the find out.

    • Justin, I understand where you’re coming from and I don’t want to make this about us defending ourselves. A person has lost his life doing something he loves and I don’t want to loose sight of that.

      Our journalists are experience and often more conservative than sometimes I wish for. In this case we weren’t the first to report the name (other mainstream outlets and social media were lit up with it) and we had confirmation though credible sources. I stand by the way they respectfully reported this tragic news.

      We were also careful to take all advertising off of this page so we don’t associate any of our brand partners with this horrible news, nor do we want to profit from this in any way.

      • Tim Johnson

        Thanks Wade for your explanation – that’s a good response. I especially appreciate that you even thought to remove advertising from the page.

        To me, some of the question is about whether CyclingTips is more like mainstream media or more like social media. The MSM would probably be more careful and have no mention of the riders name, for the reasons Justin said. But social media was already aflame with the name and speculation about it well before you published. I, like many, had pieced it together well in advance from the IPWR tracker, the news about the crash and Twitter. If CyclingTips is categorised more like social media than traditional MSM, then the way your reported it (grave fears are held for Mike Hall) was probably quite appropriate. Personally, I think you guys did fine, but I can understand the opposite perspective given the way that the MSM has traditionally treated situations like this.

      • Justin Stephenson

        Read this and learn a thing or two…
        http://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/end-finish-ipwr/

        Just because ‘another’ site drew conclusions, doesn’t mean your team had to.

        • DaveRides

          A very dignified post.

          It can’t be undone now, but this post by CT should have had comments turned off.

        • It’s very easy for you to be critical of us in a no-win situation Justin. We committed to covering this event from start to finish and hiding behind some pretence while the world is watching isn’t our job. It would have been much different if a tracker hadn’t been on for thousands of people to see in real time. We were extremely careful to report the facts in our story and nothing more. No conclusions were drawn.

          • George Darroch

            You’ve done a good job Wade.

            • Thanks George. We copped it yesterday but wouldn’t have done anything differently. I only wish we didn’t have to report this horrible news.

      • Mark Blackwell

        I think your “confirmation through credible sources” is partially why your reporting of it hit so hard Wade. I guess most followers of this site presume that you know the Curve folks and others on the inside, so this article was more or less the official announcement, at a point in time where there was still quite a lot of doubt.

      • Sean

        There were ads on this page for a fair while this morning, so not very careful it would seem.

        • Within 10mins they were off. I can assure you. We don’t have a button saying ‘turn off ads’. Dev work had to be done.

          • Sean

            It was a lot longer, but it really doesn’t matter. Your coverage introduced me to this event, i’m not having a crack.

    • Mad Panda

      It was nothing short of essential. We had all done the math. Do you think the family were better off waiting for the cops to go thru their procedures? They no doubt had it figured out as well. If by some chance we all got it wrong (if only!) then you may have a claim. The article was timely and sensitive. Cool it a little.

  • Jacob

    Deeply saddened. Mike was a figurehead in ultra distance cycling. This man criss-crossed the world with his life intact, then he came to Australia. And so our country’s awkward relationship with road cycling continues. RIP Mike.

  • goodgnus

    Struck by a *motorist* or *driver*. Not a car or vehicle. Please use correct terminology that reflects the involvement of another human.

  • easytiger

    I felt physically sick when I heard the unconfirmed reports about Mike Hall, and then I checked the tracker. It was devastating to have that news confirmed.

    I have invested a lot of myself on this crazy race, dot-watching until late before I went to sleep, and then dot-watching as soon as I awoke, and all through the day at work. I rode with a few and met up with a few of the riders when they were in Adelaide. Perversely I wanted it not to be Mike, but someone riding with him, because somehow I “knew” him by way of following him the last 13 days and that wouldn’t be as bad. But I knew immediately that was completely irrational, and any loss of human life on the road is a huge waste and devastating for the victim’s family and friends and associates.

    I can’t say that I know exactly what all of the riders motivations were for doing the IndiPac, but I’m sure none expected to be seriously injured or killed undertaking it. Unfortunately that is the risk we all take when riding on the open road, but fatal accidents also occur on closed circuits. I don’t know who was at fault, or what was contributed by either cyclist or driver or the conditions in causing the collision, and probably will never know the full story.

    All I know it is a terrible waste of a life, and my thoughts go out to Mike’s family and friends, and anyone who was following this race and was affected by his death.

    • Tim

      It’s pretty crappy ET :(

  • Matthew Hardy

    So utterly sad to hear this news this morning. RIP Mike, thoughts to his family and friends.

  • zosim

    The organisers have confirmed what we knew, that it was Mike Hall killed on that road outside Canberra. Speculation serves nobody; for the moment thoughts should be with his family and friends. To that end I’ll post this link I found raising money for his partner and family.

    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Mikehall

  • David

    Undoubtedly sad. R.I.P.

  • just logged on to check updates of the race as and wasn’t expecting to read news like this! such a tragic thing to happen :(

  • Pete23

    i’m heartbroken, i’m heartbroken that this happened to any cyclist, I’m heartbroken this happened during the indypac, and I’m heartbroken that this happened on a section of road i know!! sincerest condolences to Mike’s family, I know that he and his family are in the thoughts of every cyclist in Canberra. I so hope the race continues in the future!

  • BOSSMAN131

    It is 5 am today in FLORIDA USA and for the last 13 days I have been tuning in to see the INDIPAC updates first thing before work. I read where the race has been stopped due to a death and my heart sinks, as I search to see who it was I gasped and lowered my head and wept.
    Rest in Peace brother Mike!

  • Ivo van Loo

    I am shaken, don’t know what to say. The greatest one is not anymore. Miss you Mike. My heart is with ur loved ones. Hope something good comes out of it. Ivo

  • pervertt

    What a way to die. Over 5000 km, over 12 gruelling days. So close to the finish. Then this.
    Safe journey, Mike, and keep pedalling. There are no cars wherever you are.

  • bincepilot

    I thrive on all things bicycle and this was no exception. Each morning i woke to discover what our crazy friends had been up to as we slept. I had the fortune to ride with Kristof as he made his way through Melbourne. I echo the sentiments being passed around this forum and I am am truly gutted by this news. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Mike Hall.

  • Antonin Artaud

    I rode with him along the Kew Boulevard when he came through Melbourne. Had my camera going and he gave me a thumbs up when I said ‘go Mike Hall’. – there were about 10 or so riders following him. He looked deeply in the zone yet was humble and nice enough to crack a quick smile. He was almost embarrassed by the attention we all gave him, yet you could see he had the innate quality athletes have at this level – hard to define but you know there’s something in him that you see in yourself that you strive to achieve knowing this will give you the edge; that essential component we all want and need … the immortality that comes with endurance. The freedom to know you can never stop.

    I didn’t think he’d catch Kristoff; Kristoff seemed to have a bit more force with his pedaling, whereas Mike was more of a soul rider, happy to hold a smooth steady pace. Of course Kristoff had the minimum of sleep, where Mike Hall and Sarah Hammond were a bit more sensible, Mike Hall mentioned he had some issues seeing at night and Kristoff also reported that he watched Mike wandering over the road when they were both close.

    We don’t know what happened however as we all know cars pass at very high speeds on country roads at times and they just think they’ll always get it right. Like any cyclist killed like this we all know we’ve lost a beautiful human being who only wanted to ride his bike and tell others about how good it is. RIP MH.

  • campirecord

    May I remind everyone an incident not similar but not entirely stranger to ultra sport. Race across America maybe 10 years ago. Cyclist falls asleep at the wheel. I am not against these type of races per say but the risk factor probably quadruples when everything comes together. Just imagine an ultra car rallye, where the goal was to drive a car as long as physically possible to exertion. It would be a dangerous idea. This race is not unlike great races such as Paris Dakar or Vendée Globe and others. It’s just not to be taken lightly. To exert yourself on a highway. I am sure cyclist knew the risks. I wish to give this athlete’s family respect and courage.

    • mittNYC

      Was just about to post something similar. I remember watching Bicycle Dreams (which covered the race that year – assuming we’re talking about the same incident – this was the 2005 edition), with little to no prior knowledge of ultra endurance bike racing. The documentary definitely left me with mixed emotions. On the one hand – a massive amount of respect for people who were willing/able to put themselves through that, but on the other, a feeling that, for me personally, this sport was a step too far.

      I ride and race in the NYC area, and it’s easy sometimes to forget the dangers when you’re on the saddle. But what I try to do is to imagine if I’d be happy if my wife, or son (when he’s old enough) were to want to engage in the same activity – and overall I think I would be. Would I be comfortable for them to ride, at all hours of the day/night, with little to no sleep, over several days, on open roads – no way. Just to be clear – that’s my personal opinion – no judgement to people that choose to engage in the sport themselves – like you say, they’re aware of the risks.

      Condolences to Mike’s family – can’t imagine what they’re going through. And my thoughts are with the driver as well. Can’t jump to conclusions at this point

  • Kenneth Sanders

    Rest in Peace Mike, you’ll be missed

  • Chuck Q

    Any accident involving a cyclist is a tragedy.
    When one is concentrating on pushing their body to it’s furthest limits and beyond, it makes it seem all the more senseless.
    I salute all of these incredible athletes who were ready to give their all for this grueling event.
    My heart goes out to the family and friends of Mike, and all the riders out there (I’m sure they were all deeply affected so much more than us in the safety and comfort of our homes.)

  • I do not know the circumstances of this man’s death. Could all cyclists please wear high visibility clothing and even flashing light kits during the day. Also always consider the positioning of the sun at all times, as a low “in front” sun will make you invisible to all other road users even with the correct gear. I admire anyone doing such a race and truly feel for his family. Please also consider that the motorist may also prove to be the victim of this, as no one would want to live with this outcome. PLEASE STAY SAFE EVERYBODY.

  • ummm…

    my condolences to all those near and dear, and to all those inspired by Mike Hall. I think we are all in a bit of shock right now. I’m glad that we can all mourn this tragic death together. Cycling can be a cruel and dangerous sport. It is about enduring pain and overcoming. I just wish I could do more to help the Hall family endure this pain and overcome. Make a contribution!

  • Jojoba de Cisneros

    R.I.P.
    Ni uno más

  • roklando

    This may be a bit too soon but I’m sitting at home thinking when is this going to stop? When do we get to stop hearing of cyclist being mowed down by cars? (and yes I acknowledge that we don’t yet know exactly what happened in this case); when do we say enough is enough? I took my kids – five and seven – to cheer Kristof last night just outside canberra (an allegedly super bike friendly place) we loved it and today I had to tell them that we were not going to go support Mike because he is dead (which in no way whatsoever compares to the pain his loved ones suffer today). How many memorial rides do we need to do and ghost bikes do we need to put up? How many more fundraising campaigns do we start? When is it me? When is it you? When do we start closing down roads so our safety is taken seriously? We cyclists seem to always be begging for respect and recognition as if we don’t deserve it. I respect and support my local cycling organisations but something has to change, and sadly it seems it will not change until we cyclists really unite and make our voice heard beyond bike to work day and the weekly rides. History teaches us that rights are won on the ground and I am not sure of what I can do – if anything – but I want my kids to look up to people who are alive and will try to work towards it. Rant over. For now.

  • Ashok Captain

    R.I.P. Mike. And condolences to his family from all of us following him/ The race.

  • GH0STP1X3L

    I was “introduced” to Mike Hall in 2015 while watching the excellent Trans Am Bike Race documentary “Inspired to Ride”. In watching this film it is immediately apparent that Mr. Hall was well liked and respected by everyone involved. As a viewer he makes you feel like you are one of his friends along for the ride. I literally gasped when I read this headline and I feel overwhelmingly mournful. My condolences to Mr. Hall’s friends and family and I wish them peace in dealing with this tragic loss.

  • Guilherme Furlanetto Graeff

    No words to describe the feelings! Terribly sorry to hear this!

  • Alessio Amadio

    I live in Italy, never heard about most of the riders who competed to this race until a few days ago.

    Still, I’m starting to feel that these last two weeks following these brave men and women changed me not only as a cyclist but as a whole person.

    Yesterday I got my Masters at Uni. First thing I did as I woke up was to check my phone to see the current standings. What I saw left me speechless for an hour, still I had to prepare myself to discuss my final thesis some 2 hours later. I eventually did but my spirit was altered through one of those rare “trophy” days. Still is today.

    I’m trying to not getting biased by the tragic event, still I feel tremendously sorry as I’d lost a close friend. Which I did, actually, some many years ago, and one of my first reactions was to drop my motorbike and pick up pedaling. Now I almost feel the same.

    The only difference now is that I’m certain, more than ever after what just happened, that I will always be a cyclist, I’m proud to my core of being one. And Mike Hall will not be forgotten.

    Bless you all and ride safe

  • Buzzkill

    Fuck. This is utterly devastating. I feel like I knew the guy after watching, “Inspired to Ride” a dozen times. Here’s one for my homie… ;(. R.I.P. brother.

  • trnsprt

    I was so sorry to hear about Mike. I read a very good article about Mike while in a hurry, but cannot recall where to find it. Does anyone remember where it was published. It was written by a friend of his and the powerful part was a quote about how Mike hated when people wished because it was bullshit to wish when you could actually try. It was a powerful quote and I wanted to send it to my son. Please let me know if you recall where it was. What an inspiring rider. So sorry for his family and a loss for the community.

  • AlaskaFreddy

    There is another one, a racer killed during a race …. races are not lone training days. Either block off the traffic or don’t hold the race. Period.

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