Author Topic: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.  (Read 30035 times)

mattc

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #225 on: March 31, 2017, 06:58:33 am »
I cant get my head round this.

First time a thing like this has happened to a guy I've had a beer with - and that was only back in November. He was a bit of a hero of mine and just a totally utterly nice decent bloke.

I'm still reading the news posts thinking it must be some shitty viral fake news.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #226 on: March 31, 2017, 07:00:44 am »
In 2009, HK and I rode out of Canberra on the Monaro Highway during the Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200 LRM. It wasn't a fun road to ride then.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #227 on: March 31, 2017, 07:03:12 am »
Oh dear God. I just fired up the track to see if Kristof had won, instead saw the message saying the race was cancelled.
...
Terrible terrible news.

This. Stunned.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #228 on: March 31, 2017, 07:12:50 am »
I cant get my head round this.

First time a thing like this has happened to a guy I've had a beer with - and that was only back in November. He was a bit of a hero of mine and just a totally utterly nice decent bloke.

I'm still reading the news posts thinking it must be some shitty viral fake news.

It's a tiny community, and and awful lots of us have shared the road with him. As you say, a really nice guy.

Absolutely gutted.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #229 on: March 31, 2017, 07:23:35 am »
Just so awfully sad - dreadful news.

Graeme

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #230 on: March 31, 2017, 07:31:07 am »
Oh no. Mike.  :'(
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jiberjaber

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #231 on: March 31, 2017, 07:43:10 am »
I was hoping to wake to better news, this is really sad. RIP Mike.
Regards,

Joergen

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #232 on: March 31, 2017, 08:11:05 am »
Never met him at all but still feel sad.
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JonB

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #233 on: March 31, 2017, 08:19:02 am »
Very very sad.  Mike joined the group ride from the AUK reunion this year to Bristol and I really enjoyed chatting with him - very easy to talk and a genuinely nice guy. Such awful news.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #234 on: March 31, 2017, 08:27:51 am »
Stunned.
Never met him, but it feels like I have.

Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #235 on: March 31, 2017, 10:07:56 am »
Ride in peace Mike, ride in peace.

I rode with him on the Auk reunion 50km ride. His girlfriend was at the back on a hill in the Blackdown Hills. I'd dropped back to keep her company up the hill. Mike looked back and gave her a wink and a smile of encouragement.  Rode briefly with him on BCM last year before he disappeared up ahead. Such an inspiration, very humble about his achievements, and encouraging to us all. Lovely guy from my briefest of encounters.

Karla

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #236 on: March 31, 2017, 10:37:07 am »
RIP Mike.  I never met you but I really wish I had.  Keep riding round whatever world you're on now, yeah?

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #237 on: March 31, 2017, 10:51:33 am »
RIP Mike.
It's amazing how emotionally attached you can be to someone represented by a dot that you've only ever seen on a map. He sounds like a fantastic guy and my thoughts are with those close to him.
:'(

hellymedic

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #238 on: March 31, 2017, 11:56:19 am »
RIP Mike.
I knew before I went to bed as we keep astronomers' hours.
I was gutted then and remain gutted now.
Second time Australian roads have claimed superb men I have had the honour to meet.
 :'( :'(

Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #239 on: March 31, 2017, 12:13:18 pm »

citoyen

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #240 on: March 31, 2017, 12:19:54 pm »
Tribute from Kristof

https://twitter.com/AllegaertK/status/847753957006901248

I wondered if he would ride on to the finish, being so close. That's really quite moving.

Fidgetbuzz

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #241 on: March 31, 2017, 12:21:49 pm »
RIP Mike.
It's amazing how emotionally attached you can be to someone represented by a dot that you've only ever seen on a map. He sounds like a fantastic guy and my thoughts are with those close to him.
:'(

+1.   Tragedy .. no adequate words.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #242 on: March 31, 2017, 01:10:02 pm »
Devastating.
The colour has been drained from the World today.
I've been glued & enthralled, watching the race unfold and heard the tragic events last night ( on Bermuda time)
I was so looking forward to meeting Mike at the start of TCR#5 in July.
terrible, terrible loss.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #243 on: March 31, 2017, 01:26:34 pm »
JustGiving page has been set up to help his family with costs

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Mikehall

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #244 on: March 31, 2017, 01:32:14 pm »
An inspiration,

I never met him and didn't really expect to but seemed to come across as a down to earth bloke who could do extraordinary things and inspire the rest of us to find out what we can achieve.

RIP
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zigzag

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #245 on: March 31, 2017, 02:11:15 pm »
i've read the terrible news last night and couldn't really fall asleep from shock and disbelief. we did some riding together (even some friendly wrestling!) with Mike and he was a huge inspiration to me. his legacy will live on in the lives he touched, directly or indirectly. my deepest condolences to his family and friends. Mike has been taken away from us way too soon. tragic.

ElyDave

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #246 on: March 31, 2017, 02:22:40 pm »
just looked up from work to see this on the beeb.

Never met him, but my thoughts echo all those above.

RIP.
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clarion

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #247 on: March 31, 2017, 03:39:52 pm »
I haven't met him, either, but admired his achievements.

Thoughts are with family and loved ones.
Getting there...

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #248 on: March 31, 2017, 04:28:11 pm »
Was just chatting with a friend in the car and he rode with Mike last year in an event across Wales.

Terribly sad, again I am afraid.

Mike

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #249 on: April 02, 2017, 11:52:19 am »
Peter Sagan posted a tribute to Mike... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0yCS4TkAW8
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