All of us here at Lezyne are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Hall, legendary ultra-endurance athlete and organizer of the Transcontinental Race. Hall was killed early Friday morning while competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Australia. He was in second place and in the final stretch of the event when a vehicle struck him from behind. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The British cyclist was one of the most accomplished ultra-endurance athletes in the world, winning major endurance events like the World Cycle Race in 2012 and the Tour Divide in 2016.
Over the years, Lezyne supported Hall through our UK distributor, Upgrade Bikes. Rory Hitchens, Upgrade Bikes’s marketing and brand manager for Lezyne, reflected, “Mike was a kind and sensitive man. He always said how normal he was and that is partly why he was so inspiring…just a guy who loved to ride his bike. Going by his own title of ‘Normally Aspirated Human’ we could all feel close to Mike because he was so honest in his approach to what he did, yet led the way in his attention to detail that helped others experience true adventure by bike. You will never be forgotten, and your legacy to cycling is great.”
The race was canceled in the wake of the news, and a tribute ride will be organized in Hall’s memory this Sunday in Sydney. Details will be released about the ride via twitter.com/Indi_Pac.
Additionally, a memorial fund has been established to help with costs for Hall’s family. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Mikehall.
Bikepacking.com has put together a collection of heartfelt memories from many people that were close to Hall, which can be viewed here. Please take a moment to read them and reflect on what an amazing individual Mike Hall was.
We are absolutely gutted by the news. Hall was a global inspiration and a genuine ambassador not only for our company but for every cyclist out on the road. His passion and dedication to our sport will be truly missed. Ride in Peace, Mike Hall.