Friday, March 31, 2017

Tragedy At The Indian-Pacific Wheel Race

Mike Hall was tragically killed in a collision with a car during the IPWR Image by Gene Kehoe
The Indian-Pacific Wheel Race has been cancelled due to the tragic death of UK cyclist, Mike Hall, an ultra-endurance cycling athlete who set records, won races, and created the Transcontinental Race, an ultra-endurance cycling event across Europe. Details on the story can be found by clicking here.

Statement: On behalf of The Trans Iowa Family, and myself , we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mike Hall to his family, friends, and all who Mike touched during his all to brief life.

Personal Comments: It is difficult to write about such occurrences, for many reasons, yet I feel compelled to express something. First of all, I never met Mike Hall, but he did reach out to me last year and asked about Trans Iowa. He expressed some interest in doing the event at some point after he had done a few other things he was aiming for. So, beyond that, all I know of Mr. Hall is the accomplishments he had and now by the tributes that pour out at the news of his death.

I am struck by how many are being touched now. It is a huge testament to the man and shows us all how our actions can affect so many people, even though we may never meet them. Something to consider. It also shows me how tightly knit the cycling community is, or can be. Something else to consider. But for now, it is time to express feelings and hopefully to learn from Mike's example.


Ari said...

That is so so sad. We will be thinking of you Mike.

Katharine Ankofski said...

Feeling incredibly rudderless today. He will be a source of strength for me during my first TI attempt, a reminder to keep pushing and to smile while doing it.