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Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #200 on: March 29, 2017, 09:51:07 pm »
Mike awake and on the move again.

Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #201 on: March 29, 2017, 11:42:44 pm »
Kristof is motoring, 423km to go.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #202 on: March 30, 2017, 06:35:21 am »
Video of Mike riding through The Alps here in which he explains why he cannot see in the dark.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #203 on: March 30, 2017, 10:59:29 am »
He certainly looks tired in that video. And Kristof's now about 200km ahead, with Sarah another 200 behind Mike. So it looks like that's the way it's going to stay; though with at least 500 to go, any sense of certainty has to be quite fragile.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #204 on: March 30, 2017, 11:46:00 am »
Video of Mike riding through The Alps here in which he explains why he cannot see in the dark.

I can sympathise with that - it's why I hate driving at night.

In my case I'm sure it's an age-related thing but Mike is a good 10 years younger than me - hopefully it's just extreme fatigue rather than anything permanent. Seems to have effectively cost him the race though. Shame.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #205 on: March 30, 2017, 03:10:30 pm »
Some of mike's tweeting suggests he caught Kristof and was going to chat but K was having none of it and 'attacked', or was Mike referring to someone else??

Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #206 on: March 30, 2017, 03:18:51 pm »
Some of mike's tweeting suggests he caught Kristof and was going to chat but K was having none of it and 'attacked', or was Mike referring to someone else??

There's a video where Kristof talks about their encounter.  Mike was basically shagged from the effort to catch Kristof and needed to sleep.  Kristof had sleep up a mountain the night before and was good to go. They were riding 15 metres apart, 100 metres apart, and it kept varying, but Mike started dropping back. Kristof wondered what Mike was up to, and so decided to get on with it as Mike decided to bivvy in a campsite. Kristof said that what Mike was trying to do was impossible , crazy, can't be done.  Basically you can't keep riding that long and hard without sleep at this stage of the race.

Kristof in the latest video doesn't know where Mike is at the moment as he hasn't looked at the tracking since their encounter. Kristof is currently about 350km from the finish.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #207 on: March 30, 2017, 04:51:04 pm »
Even being 1kph faster (moving average) than someone else gives you a big advantage over a ride like this.

5000km / 19kph = 263h09
5000km / 20kph = 250h

So that's an extra ~13h sleep that the faster rider would get on top of what they're already getting. May not seem like much but that's roughly what Mike is going to lose by.

Mike's recent stop skews the figures slightly, my guess he's settled for second place and knows he doesn't have to push it.
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #208 on: March 30, 2017, 04:56:05 pm »

 Kristof is currently about 350km from the finish.

Currently holed up in the Loaded Dog Hotel in Tarago, I think

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #209 on: March 30, 2017, 06:07:47 pm »
Mike is on the move again, Kristof appears to be offline.

Somehow can't see Mike catching Kristof now though.

Phil W

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #210 on: March 30, 2017, 10:43:38 pm »
Kristof on the move again

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #211 on: March 31, 2017, 12:54:07 am »
Some terrible news emerging on the Indi_Pac Twitter feed

https://twitter.com/Indi_Pac/status/847586905050931200

I'm fearing the very worst here.

Nothing confirmed as far as I know but there's speculation that this involves Mike Hall.   It's appears to be in the vicinity of his location.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #212 on: March 31, 2017, 12:58:47 am »
heartbreaking news. Keeping an eye on social media for confirmation of rider.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #213 on: March 31, 2017, 01:04:00 am »
Yes very mixed reports at the moment, news outlets saying its a ipwr cyclist, a statement from the orgs about an incident and Mike being the only cyclist in that area do point to a conclusion but also some reports saying it is a motorcycle and other reports saying Mike's location is a few KM away from the incident.

I am crossing my fingers for good news but also fearing the worse  :'(
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #214 on: March 31, 2017, 01:08:14 am »
 :'( :'(

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #215 on: March 31, 2017, 01:15:26 am »
I'm hoping this is a glimmer of hope

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It is not known if it was a race participant who was killed, but race organisers said they were working with authorities to investigate the incident.

From the 10:58 local time update of this article http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/traffic-diversions-after-serious-incident-on-monaro-highway-20170330-gvaggs.html
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #216 on: March 31, 2017, 03:48:52 am »
Race cancelled with immediate effect.

That'll be bad news then. Well, the worst.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #217 on: March 31, 2017, 03:49:27 am »
Cancelled

https://twitter.com/Indi_Pac/status/847630565717065729/photo/1

It doesn't look good.  :'(

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #218 on: March 31, 2017, 05:54:22 am »
Oh how terribly sad  :'( :'( :'(
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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #220 on: March 31, 2017, 06:30:35 am »
Wow! I feel sick! :( Sad.

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #221 on: March 31, 2017, 06:35:25 am »
Oh shit, this is awful  :'(

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #222 on: March 31, 2017, 06:48:21 am »
How sad

Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #223 on: March 31, 2017, 06:49:23 am »
Tragic news to wake up to, sympathies go out to all.

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Re: Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
« Reply #224 on: March 31, 2017, 06:55:10 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. $hit.

I noticed last night (UK time) Mike's tracker was saying "stop" on the the Monaro highway, which seemed a bit odd as it was early in the morning in Oz. Having been told not to cycle the Monaro Highway into Canberra because it was pretty sketchy for cyclists (Pippa & I cycled the Monaro highway as far north as Bombala last year) I had a sudden worry about Mike's safety, and then didn't think anything further.  Terrible terrible news.
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