Mike Hall inspired a movement around the world as an exceptional ultra-distance bike racer, organiser and human being.
He died on 31 March 2017 south of Canberra, while nearing the end of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race across Australia. In the days that followed, thousands paid their respects.
Melbourne’s various cycling tribes rode in quiet tribute on 2 April 2017, along the route Mike had taken just days earlier. Wave after wave, bikepacker, roadie, tourer, cx, commuter. This video captures part of that ride.
I never met Mike but like many others I followed his adventures, in awe of his feats on the bike and his dedication and thoughtful creativity off the bike. The turn-out in Melbourne (and there were more at the finish) shows how many felt his loss. Condolences to all, especially his family and friends.
I checked with the ACT Coroner’s Court today about the inquest. Following the earlier directions hearings, it’s now scheduled for 24-26 September 2018 in Canberra.