RIP Mike Hall - British Endurance Racing Legend

Mar 31, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
Mike Hall with his mother Pat at Greenwich Royal Observatory after winning the 2012 World Cycle Race. Photograph Lizzie Edmonds PA
Mike Hall with his mother, Pat, at Greenwich Royal Observatory after winning the 2012 World Cycle Race. Lizzie Edmonds photo/Guardian

A post by the Guardian reported that one of the world's toughest and well loved ultra-endurance athletes died on the scene after being struck by a vehicle during the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race, a self-supported, 3300-mile coast to coast endurance event. Hall, who was in second place at the time, had warned fellow competitors to be wary of high speed close encounters with motorists on the highway near Canberra where, ironically, the 35-year-old ultra-endurance legend lost his life.

All parties involved are cooperating with authorities, and race organizers cancelled the event only hours before it was set to finish at the Opera House in Sydney. This coming Sunday, Sydney will host a tribute ride to Hall, who won the World Cycle Race in 2012. To say Hall was well loved by friends and competitors would be an understatement. The Guardian reports:

His friend and fellow endurance racer James Hayden has set up a JustGiving page to support Hall’s mother, Patricia, and his partner, Anna. Four hours after being launched, it had raised more than £20,000.

Hayden told the Guardian: “It is a devastating loss, but Mike’s legacy will live on.

“The reason that the JustGiving page has had such a phenomenal response is that Mike was the greatest endurance racer that lived. He was the best. But he was also such a positive figure within the community of ultra-endurance racing. He set up his own race, the Transcontinental, to put back into the racing community. He was a shining light.”





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46 Comments

  • 96 1
 I never met him but have been struggling with this. He was the reason I always pushed farther, riding in bad weather I would often question myself " Do you think Mike Hall would be complaining?" Still fighting a mix of sad emotions, truly my favorite cyclist and a role model / hero to me. #RIPMIKEHALL
  • 6 0
 Same here, I even think my eyes trembled a bit with Juliana Buhring´s video. I am lost for words. They should rename the trans European race to Mike Hall's Transcontinental Race.
  • 3 0
 Damn, only the good die young.
  • 3 0
 So true, he had such a good attitude. Made me get into bike packing and entering my first race watching the films he was featured in. This is a huge blow to anyone involved in the world of biking. So much inspiration, sad loss of life! Slow down you damn car drivers!
  • 13 0
 Such a tragic loss, I was following the race feeds and read that he had a few close calls with cars throughout the race. Thoughts to his family, friends, and the endurance racing community.
  • 12 0
 youtu.be/Y-l1cETOmlQ Mike sums it up, this is why we ride bikes. And chapeau Kristoff Allegaert, the race leader who finished his 3300 mile ride, 50 metres before the finishing line at the Sydney Opera House. A fitting tribute. #BeMoreMike
  • 9 0
 "Nothing worth doing is ever easy", that is what he had written on the top tube of his Pivot Les bike during his first finish of the Tour Divide.

This guys is a true inspiration! Everyone needs to go ride their bike this week, and when it hurts to turn the crank, keep pushing for another hour or 2. He averaged 186 miles a day last June, for 13 and 1/2 days straight! I'm very proud to call him my friend!

Ride In Peace Mike Hall!
  • 9 1
 This is such awful news!
If anyone wants to know more about Mike, then watch this film vimeo.com/ondemand/inspiredtoride
You have to pay but I promise it is well worth it, an epic story of the people racing the Trans am
  • 4 0
 such a great film, RIP mike, watching you in that movie was one of the most inspiring performances i've seen.
  • 2 0
 Inspired to Ride is/was on Netfilx...a great intro to Mike and fitting tribute to his drive.
  • 6 0
 Such a sad loss, I worked with Mike for several years before he left to follow his dream, such an inspiration to me and many others. My thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time. RIP dude Frown
  • 4 0
 This is too bad. It seems that the last couple years we've been losing people. It really is too bad, but at the same time it's good to see how the bike community comes together during these times. It really speaks to the character of the sport that even though we've grown to millions of enthusiasts globally, we still have a small town feel. My prayers and sympathies go out to Mike's family.
  • 3 0
 After watching the documentary on Netflix. I had so much respect for him genuinely thought he will have his own company soon. Really appreciated the unsupported endurance races and wondered about the adventure they are compared to tour de france and other supported races.. What a sport and what a guy.. RIP (Ride In Peace) Mike Hall you are a star *
  • 5 0
 Such a great loss, of a young life. My thoughts go out to family and friends on this dark day.
  • 6 0
 damn never good news loosing a fellow rider .......
  • 3 0
 Hit the nail on the head. Kindest thoughts to friends and family during this roughest of rides. Mike would have ploughed through it, he'll want you all too. The cycling community are here for you all. Ride in peace fellow xx
  • 3 0
 What a loss, he was an inspiration to us all, RIP but keep on spinning.

I have often asked myself similar questions on long climbs, 'what would Mike Hall do?'

Keep bloody pedalling that's what.
  • 2 0
 Rest in Peace Mike Hall. Watching you over the past week and a bit as a dot on the map inspired me more than i thought it would. You inspired me to get off my ass last night and go for a run. Tonight I will have a drink for you. Cheers you bloody legend
  • 4 0
 Damn, that really sucks to hear. Hopefully is friends and family can make it through this tough time Frown
  • 5 0
 Sad. I will do a big ride this weekend in tribute to Mike.
  • 4 0
 Getting some stickers made up with #BeMoreMike and putting one of those suckers on my stem for sure
  • 1 0
 Bad news to hear. This man was a machine and really into it. seems like a good guy too. those true endurance racers can ride couple hundred miles a day for weeks, self-supported... makes the Tour de France or Absa Cape Epic races look like a vacation.
  • 4 0
 Very sad. He was an inspirational figure for so many people.
  • 2 0
 Guys like Mike are what's awesome about riding bikes. Just riding for the passion and the love. RIP Mike. Forever on two wheels!
  • 3 0
 his tour divide ride was absolutely monumental and a huge inspiration for me. what a rider. what a loss.
  • 2 0
 What a tragic, extremely tragic loss. Mike has been, and still is a great inspiration. My thoughts are with his friends and family. Ride in peace, Mike.
  • 2 0
 RIP Mike. You'll live on through the inspiration you've given to so many and ride on in spirit with all endurance and self-supported riders.
  • 3 0
 Such a horrible loss. I never met Mike, but I found him inspiring as hell. Feeling for his family and friends.
  • 3 0
 Emogji did not work. Apologies
  • 2 0
 Godspeed to yet another rider. We have lost far too many far too soon in their lives in the past couple of years.
  • 3 0
 I didn't know of him but sounds like a legend -RIP

how sad Frown
  • 2 0
 I was following his race on the Tour Divide race last year,an incredible racer with a kind heart.RIP Mike Hall.
  • 2 0
 Another great one gone far too soon. Ride in peace knowing you've inspired so many of us.
  • 3 0
 So bloody sad...... RIP.
  • 2 0
 Too young ,Ride In Peace man
  • 2 0
 Legend status, honoured in passing too soon.
  • 1 0
 Was so bummed when I heard this news. Had been following the race to see how him and cycling maven were doing every day.
  • 1 0
 so sad. lost another legend! RIP
  • 1 0
 Gosh.....so tragic....lifetime of riding ahead.....damn.
  • 1 0
 Fffffffffffffark
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