British endurance cyclist Mike Hall has died on the Monaro Highway south of Canberra after being struck by a car around 6.20am on Friday morning.
The last movement on Hall’s GPS tracker was at the location of the accident, at around 6:30am. It hasn’t moved since and is currently displaying a “Stop” message.
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race began in Perth on March 18 and was due to finish in Sydney today with leader Kristof Allegaert approaching Wollongong. Mike Hall was in second place. The race, in its first year, is a 5500km solo, unsupported bikepacking race from Fremantle to Sydney.
Race organisers of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race released a statement late on Friday morning confirming that an incident had occurred, later cancelling the race.
“The Indian Pacific Wheel Race has been cancelled with immediate affect following this morning’s tragic accident.
“Every effort is being made to personally get in contact with riders that remain on the road to inform them of the situation.
“The tracking devices will remain open in the interests of safety and the event is continuing to work with the relevant authorities.
“This is a difficult time for everyone, along with their families, and their well-being is our primary concern.”
Hall, 35, is regarded as one of the world’s best ultra-endurance racers and holds the record for the fastest completion of the Trans Am and Tour Divide bikepacking races in the U.S. He is the founder of the Transcontinental race in Europe.