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Harrogate endurance cyclist Mike Hall killed in Australia

Harrogate endurance cyclist Mike Hall killed in Australia

Published at 7:40am 31st March 2017. (Updated at 2:04pm 31st March 2017)

A champion endurance cyclist from Harrogate has died while taking part in an unsupported bike race across Australia.

Mike Hall, a former Stray FM Local Hero, had been riding in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race and had been in second place at the time.

In a statement, police have confirmed the identity of a cyclist killed in a collision with a car outside Canberra this morning:

"ACT Policing can confirm the name of the cyclist killed in a collision on the Monaro Highway this morning (Friday, 31 March).

"The deceased is Mr Michael Hall. The family of Mr Hall has requested that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

"A report on the incident will be prepared for the ACT Coroner and no further comment will be made."

The race, which involved riders travelling the 5,500 km from coast to coast across Australia, has been cancelled.

Race organisers said in a statement:

"The Indian Pacific Wheel Race joins the family, loved ones and friends of Mike Hall in mourning his death.

"Mike was killed in an incident with a vehicle this morning."

They added "Mike's effort's in both raising money and the spirits of others were tremendous and he leaves an incredible legacy."

 

 

Mike had grown up in Harrogate but more recently lived in South Wales.

In 2012 he won the globe-crossing World Cycle Race and was also the founder of the self-supported Trans Continental Race in Europe. 

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Mike was awarded the Sporting Achievement Award at the 2013 Stray FM Local Heroes.

This video played out on the night:

 

In 2012, Dave Prince, spoke to Mike for the Cycle Harrogate blog, after Mike signed their petition calling for North Yorkshire County Council to employ a cycling officer.

"He was very supportive, he signed the petition and did a question and answer with me. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy.

"I think he's one of these people who slips under the radar but was probably above and beyond at what he did.

"It's a sad loss."

Tributes have also been paid on social media:

 

 

A Justgiving page set up to raise money for the family of Mike Hall had raised nearly £30,000 in just a few hours.

It has been set up by his friend James Hayden, who says Mike will be remembered for "his kindness, good heart and bravery."

Link here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mikehall