Early this morning in Australia, Hamish, our Hunt Australia and NZ Manager was meant to meet the highly respected Ultra Endurance Cyclist Mike Hall for a rolling interview for Kinesis UK as he raced the Indian Pacific Wheel Race. As you can see from his Instagram feed below, tragedy had struck Mike Hall's ride.
hamishpaine - Not something you want to do ever. Mike Hall was competing in the Indian Pacific wheel race. A bicycle race from Fremantle to Sydney. His frame sponsor kinesis kindly asked me to do a rolling interview of sorts as he came into Canberra. Unfortunately he was the victim in a fatal collision with a car and is now riding somewhere else. I noticed his tracking beacon had been stationary for around 2 hours so I drove out to where the last signal with my toolbox and a few bicycle spares thinking it might of been a mechanical issue but unfortunately for me and the entire cycling community we were informed of Mike's tragedy. Condolences to his family and close group of friends. RIP.
huntbikewheels - We're all shocked and sad here mate. Well done for going to try to help a fella rider with your tool kit, that cycling community is exactly what Mike built so well.
Mike was an inspiration and friend to many riders. Mike achieved incredible ultra distance race results and records, as well as founding and running the Transcontinental Race.
This link will take you to a donation page. "The money raised will go to Mike's Mum, Patricia, to cover any costs. Any money raised beyond her costs will be for her to decide the right cause."
The donation page was set up by James Hayden who competed in Mike's Transcontinental Race 2015 and had a close contest with our then Hunt Brand Manager, and now Hunt Ambassador, Josh Ibbett. We know Josh will personally miss Mike hugely, he looked up to him as a guide and a mentor. Josh said "HE'S THE REASON I started doing long distance racing. So many of the positive things that have happened to me stem from Mike and yet he so was humble about his huge achievements". Our thoughts are with Mike's family and partner.
RideInPeace Mike Hall, an inspiration to us all.
Image credit from James Hayden Mike Hall donation Page.