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by Shane Stokes
June 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet wins stage two of Skoda Tour of Luxembourg, Drucker holds race lead; Resurgent Betancur ensures Movistar comes out best on day one of Hammer Series Limburg; Prologue winner Le Bon takes stage one of the Boucles de la Mayenne; Despite quiet season, Froome confident ahead of Dauphiné; Former race winner Talansky spearheads Cannondale-Drapac in Critérium du Dauphiné; Martin the designated leader of Quick Step Floors team at the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cannondale-Drapac team plays down talk title sponsor is leaving; Laws speaks about living, and riding, with cancer; Critérium du Dauphiné set to race Alpe d’Huez from a new direction; Blythe says he was forced to apologise to dangerous driver; Ultracycling legend Mike Hall’s ashes being transported on poignant final journey; Lucy Kennedy awarded twelfth Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship; Wanda Sport’s Ironman further expands cycling involvement with purchase of Competitor Group Holdings; Video: JLT Condor Pro Cycling Team; Video: onboard graphics from the Hammer Series
In a touching gesture just over two months after Mike Hall’s death during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia, his friends are riding with his ashes from his birthplace of Harrogate. They are taking his remains to the village of Abbeycwmhir in Mid-Wales, where he lived with his partner, Anna.
Hall founded and organised the Transcontinental Race and was a strong competitor in ultracycling events. He was twice a winner of the Tour Divide, as well as a past winner in the TransAm race plus the World Cycle Race.
Those transporting his ashes are logging their progress on the Trackleaders.com website. This is poignant as a tracking system was in use during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race and Hall’s accident was red-flagged when his marker stopped moving.
He had been battling his friend and rival Kristof Allegaert in the event, swapping the lead during it. That race was cancelled after news emerged that he had been struck and killed by a motor vehicle along the route.
Now he’s making one last journey, courtesy of his friends. Cyclists have been invited to join them along the way, helping those transporting his ashes to complete the symbolic task. Their progress can be followed here.
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