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by Shane Stokes
December 19, 2017
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An inquest into the death of British ultra-endurance cyclist Mike Hall will be held in the Australian Capital Territory Coroners Court early next year, according to a report in the Canberra Times.
The 35-year-old Hall died during the first edition of the 5,500 kilometre self-supported Indian Pacific Wheel Race. The highly revered rider – who had won race after race and taken record after record – was killed in an accident with a vehicle on the ACT’s Monaro Highway on Friday March 31 in the event’s final stages.
Thousands had been glued to their screens, following riders positions via the dots on the maps generated by their GPS tracking device as they worked their way from Freemantle to Sydney. The focus, in particular, had been on two of the best and most experienced riders in the world of self-supported ultra-endurance racing, Hall and Kristof Allegaert, who had never before competed in the same event.
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race was drawing to its conclusion when Hall lost his life on the roads south of Canberra. It was quickly called off as fellow competitors, organisers and fans of the sport tried to come to terms with the loss of a man admired by so many.
The Canberra Times newspaper said no criminal charges had been laid in relation to Hall’s death and that the inquest would return on February 6. At this time further directions and a timetable for the inquiry would be set.