British endurance cyclist Mike Hall killed in road race

Image copyright Gene Kehoe

A British cyclist has been killed during a race in Australia, police have confirmed.

Mike Hall was competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race when he was involved in a collision with a car on Friday.

The race began on 18 March and was due to finish on Friday. The Yorkshire-born cyclist had been in second place.

Race organisers said his death was a "great loss to the global cycling community". The race, from Perth to Sydney, was cancelled after the crash.

ACT Policing - the community policing arm of the Australian Federal Police - and race organisers are investigating.

The crash happened on Friday morning on the Monaro Highway at Royalla, south of Canberra, in New South Wales.

Mr Hall - who won the 2012 World Cycle Race - died at the scene.

His family has been informed, police said.

Image copyright Gene Kehoe

Mr Hall founded the annual Transcontinental Race - an ultra-endurance across Europe.

In 2013 and 2016 he won the Tour Divide mountain bike race in the Rocky Mountains.

In a statement released by the organisers of the 5,450km, unsupported ride, the IPWR said Mr Hall "leaves an incredible legacy".

They said he "revelled in the spirit and adventure of ultra-endurance cycling events", and praised his efforts in "both raising money and the spirits of others".

A tribute ride is being planned in Sydney for Sunday.

BBC

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