Favourites talk chances prior to Flanders, Vanmarcke extends: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 31, 2018

Van Avermaet on Flanders: ‘I hope this year is my year’; Benoot ‘ready to go full on Sunday’; Degenkolb says Flanders leadership is for Stuyven, he will target Roubaix; Gilbert: ‘We are confident in the team’s strength’; Vanmarcke, Langeveld re-sign with EF Education First – Drapac; Brennauer: Even without Longo Borghini, Wiggle High5 ‘has more than one card to play’; Martinez released from hospital, will not race until concussion is gone; Commemorating Mike Hall; Video: Maniac Does Wheelies On An Exposed Beam 130 Feet High

Commemorating Mike Hall

by Simone Giuliani

A year ago the self-supported endurance community suffered a tragic loss, with the death of Mike Hall in the final stages of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race across Australia. Now, a year on, the community is taking to social media and their bikes to commemorate the British rider.

Hall’s feats and the style in which he pulled them off undoubtedly inspired many – he had a tendency not to just win pretty much everything he entered but to also set a new record while he was doing it.

However, it wasn’t just watching his tracking dot move across the map that encouraged others to get out and pursue adventure on the bike. He was also a key driver of the sport off the bike, organising The Transcontinental Race across Europe.

Hall may be gone but his influence remains. The Transcontinental continues and riders across the world are continuing to pay their respects. Many are posting to #bemoremike as they commemorate the anniversary of a man who inspired – and continues to inspire – so many