Abbeycwmhir ultra-distance cyclist Mike Hall dies in Australia race


Owain Farrington

TRIBUTES have been paid to British ultra-distance endurance cyclist, Mike Hall who died last week.

Mr Hall moved to Abbeycwmhir in October 2016 and was due to participate in the organising of the 2017 Llandod Cycle Festival.

While competing in the 5,500km Pacific Wheel Race from Perth to Sydney in Australia, he was struck by a vehicle and died at the scene on Friday, March 31.

He was 35 and had been in second place, the race was called off shortly after.

Five days before the incident, Mr Hall had warned other riders of fast moving traffic and a close call with a “white saloon.” 

Mr Hall is renowned for winning several endurance titles, including the Tour Divide along the length of the Rocky Mountains, the Trans American Bike Race across the width of the USA and the 2012 World Cycle Race around the planet.

On behalf of the Llandod Cycle Fest team, organiser Jeff Green said: “The Llandod Cycle Fest team are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Mike Hall.

“Mike was due to meet with the team in early April on his return to help plan this year’s cycling event since he recently moved to Abbeycwmhir.

“Mike was planning to present his two films 'Transcontinental' and 'Inspired to Ride', one in the run up to the event and one during the weekend.

“He will be a huge loss to the cycling world and our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

In 2013, Mr Hall founded and organised the Transcontinental Race which goes from either London or Belgium to end at locations in either Greece or Turkey.

The female winner of the 2016 race was Emily Chappell, who grew up not far from Llanidloes and had been working with Mr Hall.

Llandod Cycle Fest organiser Sue Green added: “It goes beyond people’s understanding of what people are capable of.

“He was saying, when they did the Transcontinental race they got maybe two hours sleep at a time.

“We would love to honour his memory by showing his films at an event.”

Mr Hall had also paid a visit to the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells.

Freda Davies, trustee and co-curator of the museum met with Mr Hall.

Ms Davies added: “He was looking to get involved with cycling related projects in the area. It was such a shock to hear of his passing.”

“It was fascinating to hear of all the trips he had done, it is a great loss.”

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