Very sad news today: British cyclist Mike Hall, the 2016 Tour Divide winner and speed record holder, was killed in an accident while racing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia today. Hall was competing in the 5500km, unsupported bikepacking race when an automobile struck him south of Canberra. At the time, Hall, age 35, was holding onto second place behind Kristof Allegaert, who was set to finish in Sydney today.
Under the circumstances, race organizers have called off the race and are working to notify competitors currently out on the course. This was the first running of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, which started in Perth on March 18.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Mike’s family and friends during this time of shocking tragedy. We’ll update this story with additional details once we receive them.