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1 hour ago, Alex Simmons said:

It's both terribly sad and terribly unsurprising.

Condolences to friends and family.

So true

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They were interviewing some truckie union bloke on Today Tonight about this race earlier in the week, as he was concerned for his members whilst this race was on. ie Trucks,cars etc not being able to see riders well enough during certain times of the day. 

This is terrible news. Condolences to his family, friends and cycling mates.

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Very sad news and condolences to those near and dear to Mike Hall. The riders have certainly opened minds and shown that normal people can achieve the seemingly impossible given a positive mind set. As with climbing Everest such extreme sports have risks, but heck, anytime you ride on roads or swim in oceans there are risks. Tomorrow's 4.5hr ride will be done on the trainer and it will seem so easy. RIP.

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Faaaark.... so so sad. Always sad, yes. But as others have said, you feel connected by watching the dots and reading the updates.

Terrible. Terrible. 

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this is the most i have ever felt touched by the death of someone i don't know or have no connection to.  to be honest, after watching what these people have done, i felt compelled to give it a go.   i am not a good bike rider, but watching this and watching these people having a crack at something that seems so out of the ordinary for nothing but their own sense of accomplishment really hits a nerve for me.  that's my reason for riding, running and swimming.  

for some reason i felt connected to mike as an underdog battling away.   he had a smile and a mannerism that connected to me... through social media. 

i am far from a religious person, far from it.  but i find myself hoping that mike is riding his bike somewhere with the same smile.  

ride on mike.   ride on...  

farken shame.    

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I worked at 12 hour shift in a prison today. working with scum bags. I have come home hoping to find glee in the race I have been following. My work area , I can't follow the real world until I leave the prison walls. I was hoping to see the first few finishers across the line. I am hurt and in a state of shock. It is a very noble gesture to suspend the race in absolute total respect for Mike. Rest in peace buddy..:(

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Kristof has posted a photo of his bike in front of the Opera House.

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I know a competitor and met a few more - we even had one stay in our BnB. I rode out of town with two, I love distance cycling but feel completely gutted by this, I'm not sure I'm riding this weekend. I've been "dot watching" for two weeks now and only last night was watching Mike on video. I've ridden bikes for more years than I care to remember but this has brought me to tears 

Vale Mike Hall.

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Agree with all the above.
 
Hard to turn the pedals in anger on the way home from work.
Just caressed them softly and thought about that race.
Not scared of cars ... but no longer driven to ride hard, motivated by those cyclists, like I was 8 hours earlier
 
That event intrigued as all huh.
Even at post ride coffee this morn I and a few others talked about how many inspirational stories there are from the last 2 weeks ... then pfffft! I arrive at work to find it's turned tragic
 
Kristoff didn't even finish
All contestants pack up and hitch and fly home
No winner ... just a footnote in the cycling year
 

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I only wish someone had gotten hold of Mikes tracker got it to Kristoff and had him finish the race.

kristoff deserved to finish and to "win", the race deserved an ending. I still hope somebody rides through to the end. 

Now can somebody please post something in the "good news thread" this day has me feeling as bad as I have in a long time. 

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This is terrible. I was just starting lunch and about to check Trannies and this thread when a colleague called me over to ask if I knew anything about this. So very sad and my condolences to Mike's family.

 

I don't care if you are a swimmer, cyclist, runner, multisporter. There is something intangible about being a member of the endurance community and the joy and suffering we go through makes tragedies like this hit very close to our hearts.

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Tearing again guys, stop it.

 

I just got an email from a work colleague in Melbourne who asked if I'd seen the news. Broke up over it. They say some people harden up to this type of thing when they see it a lot. I think it has the opposite effect on cyclists, as there is always the thought "It could be me". I listen to the road report every morning now that I drive to the station a lot, and every time I hear "Car and bike" I feel sick. Something needs to change the attitude of drivers out there.

 

At least I haven't come across any of the usual comments from the rednecks we get in the courier mail after a cyclist is hit.

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Agree with everything above and yes this is incredibly sad for Mike's family, friends, the cycling community and probably anyone who dares to dream.

It's also an incredibly terrible time for the driver of the vehicle and those close to them.  I know we often criticise drivers when they are in the wrong, but sometimes they are not in the wrong... they are just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I have no idea of the circumstances of this accident, and no doubt there will be a lot of speculation, but I do know that some accidents can happen to every single one of us no matter how careful we are.  I feel for all the parties involved - the driver, the rider, the race organisers, and anyone else that this terrible accident has effected .  My thoughts are with you.

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In regard to 'finishing' Mike's ride, I know it's only early but maybe that could be a charity ride one day.  What a great way to not only honour Mike, but to also show appreciation to all the riders for showing us that sometimes you've just got to have a go.  Just a thought.

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Like everyone else, just lost trying to find the right words...

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I haven't been following this event at all. It's obviously a very, very sad day but I feel no more sadness than when any other cyclist dies needlessly. I feel sick to the pit of my stomach every time it happens and simply reinforces my decision to stay off the road.

Stay safe out there.

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Davin Harding's post to Facebook.

 

"I don't have questions, comments, opinions and blame, just sad.
So will refer to my default setting. 
Go for a ride."

His wife thinks he will continue on to Sydney solo just to get it finished. 
 

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This was on Juliana Buhring's (Juju) Facebook.

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Tomorrow, Sunday, those of us cyclists who have managed to get to Sydney will pay tribute to our friend and ultracycling legend, Mike Hall, by riding to Sydney Opera House and the end of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race. I would like to invite cyclists around the world to join us in honouring this man who has inspired so many to ride their bikes. From Sunday, April 2 to Sunday, April 9, I ask cyclists around the world to show Mike's family our love and support by taking a ride in his honour. Ride alone, with a buddy or a group. Cycle somewhere special or new, take a pic and post with the hashtag #InspiredByMike. Let's show the world how much one man's life has affected many. He has created a legacy that will continue and live on in all of us. Thank you Mike.

Image may contain: 1 person, ocean, outdoor and nature

I haven't really ridden for nearly 2 years now, but tomorrow I'm going to get out. Even if it's just on the flat to the village & back.

 

Maybe a trannies ride somewhere?

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About a thousand of us rolled across the line this morning paying tribute to Mike.

Kristoff laid flowers on the steps of the opera house...i chatted to him afterwards for about 15 minutes 

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26 minutes ago, Shrek said:

About a thousand of us rolled across the line this morning paying tribute to Mike.

Kristoff laid flowers on the steps of the opera house...i chatted to him afterwards for about 15 minutes 

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Wow

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Any news on whats happening with the driver and the police?

I feel for them, seeing all the outpouring of support for Mike.  We obviously dont know, but there may be very little their fault in the accident

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36 minutes ago, Shrek said:

About a thousand of us rolled across the line this morning paying tribute to Mike.

Kristoff laid flowers on the steps of the opera house...i chatted to him afterwards for about 15 minutes 

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Excellent stuff. nice work 

... Kristof's legend grows, along with Mike's

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8 minutes ago, The Turtle said:

Any news on whats happening with the driver and the police?

I feel for them, seeing all the outpouring of support for Mike.  We obviously dont know, but there may be very little their fault in the accident

I belive they where taken to hospital for shock , nothing else I know of 

no news "may" mean no charges to be laid and it was just a shocking accident, but that is just my speculation 

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Not sure how many were actually at the Melbourne ride, maybe 600-700?. I joined the ride at Kew Boulie so didn't see the numbers at Fed Square

This shot is at top of hill near Chandler Highway on Kew Blvd (for those that know the area) There were a lot of riders around the corner from where this was taken

The police ended up closing the Blvd for 10 minutes while a couple of speeches were made and a minutes silence observed.

 

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Looks like quite a few are now riding on , steffen is not far from where mike was killed and will be the first to ride past that spot from the event

not sure I'd want to ride past there right now

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I went on the tribute ride from Yarraville through the Docklands. About a 100-200 riders I'd estimate. Rhino (who I'd briefly met on the way back from Geelong earlier this year) and one or two other IPWRers were there. Rhino said he was  intending to ride to Sydney. 

The joie de vivre around the event was really starting to shine, and in some sense still does, despite the tragedy. I felt far more personally connected with the riders than for most events, you hear and read their stories, even though from a distance, and having never met them.

A friend who is into Audax just a month ago was telling me that in a recent event in NZ a rider had been killed. And I think two others in the last two years (Milawa, and Gold Coast?).  Not that this event was an Audax event.

Long distance or lots of cycling on the roads is dangerous.

But I hope the IPWR continues, modified if and as appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, longshot said:

I went on the tribute ride from Yarraville through the Docklands. About a 100-200 riders I'd estimate. Rhino (who I'd briefly met on the way back from Geelong earlier this year) and one or two other IPWRers were there. Rhino said he was  intending to ride to Sydney. 

The joie de vivre around the event was really starting to shine, and in some sense still does, despite the tragedy. I felt far more personally connected with the riders than for most events, you hear and read their stories, even though from a distance, and having never met them.

A friend who is into Audax just a month ago was telling me that in a recent event in NZ a rider had been killed. And I think two others in the last two years (Milawa, and Gold Coast?).  Not that this event was an Audax event.

Long distance or lots of cycling on the roads is dangerous.

But I hope the IPWR continues, modified if and as appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly, condolences to all involved or affected by this incident. 

I haven't been following the event much at all apart from glancing at this thread but to me, the idea of riding on some of the roads at anytime is crazy. Doing so while also depriving yourself of sleep is even more so? Am I missing something?

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I remember following raam when it was popular in the early 2000s and they had 2 fatalities around then. They did introduce a mandatory rest period of 40 hours across the race in response and then the competitors lost interest. I don't understand why anyone would want to do it but these guys are wired differently that is for sure. The guy that used to win raam Jure Robic was a crazy guy, he got killed on a training ride. I don't think road safety is something that worries these guys much. Training for it would be more dangerous. 

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On 4/2/2017 at 5:07 PM, ironpo said:

I belive they where taken to hospital for shock , nothing else I know of 

no news "may" mean no charges to be laid and it was just a shocking accident, but that is just my speculation 

I think I remember reading on one of the many media streams about this, someone from Canberra saying something about it being a young driver and they were charged with drive with undue care or something.

 

Ill try and track it down but its had to find stuff among the thousands of FB posts. 

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I caught up with 70 year old Mike Sheldrake last night at Brighton Le Sands....about 8pm...

originally intended to catch him through Sutherland near home...but somehow missed him...think my dot watching is getting slow...

jogged besides him whilst we chatted for few yards....he finished towards later in the night....:-)

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8 hours ago, Shrek said:

I caught up with 70 year old Mike Sheldrake last night at Brighton Le Sands....about 8pm...

originally intended to catch him through Sutherland near home...but somehow missed him...think my dot watching is getting slow...

jogged besides him whilst we chatted for few yards....he finished towards later in the night....:-)

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So the 70 yr old has finish the whole race ?

if so that's very impressive 

im not from Syd so not sure where u are talking

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16 hours ago, ironpo said:

So the 70 yr old has finish the whole race ?

if so that's very impressive 

im not from Syd so not sure where u are talking

 

yes he did....he continued on going and finished....

its beachside suburbs near the airport, course goes along cycleways for that stretch for safety etc...

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7 hours ago, Shrek said:

 

yes he did....he continued on going and finished....

its beachside suburbs near the airport, course goes along cycleways for that stretch for safety etc...

Nice work

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So what's officially going on with this thing now?

there seems to be plenty of people continuing on , the trackers are all still going , some havnt moved since mikes death, so they obviously are out , some have lines through them etc

 

so with the people still going are the organisers still keeping an eye on things or is everyone out there on there own (it was abit like that anyways)

if that's the case it's gunna be a long wait until all are done , some are not in Adelaide yet and lots are only just past (god knows what they have been doing when a 70 yr old finished in Syd several days ago )

 

so does anyone know the official line

i thought the race was cancelled pretty much straight after mike died

cheers

ivp

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It is cancelled, they have kept some trackers of those continuing, active for safety purposes

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Click on the individual bubbles, that will give the last tracker time, from that can tell if they are likely still going - those that are I think all past Melbourne now.

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8 hours ago, Naut said:

It is cancelled, they have kept some trackers of those continuing, active for safety purposes

Yes I understand that , but how long will that go on for and also doesn't that still mean ( or imply) the organisation is still responsible for the riders on the road?

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16 hours ago, longshot said:

Click on the individual bubbles, that will give the last tracker time, from that can tell if they are likely still going - those that are I think all past Melbourne now.

No still plenty west of smelbourne 

there is a lady here who's is just out of Adelaide 

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Change ears to west

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Plenty east of Melbourne still going, but yes, there is one west of Melbourne still going, with a recent tracker update and snapchat  updates  - and I reckon you should know her as Bright Christie is apparently from Bright :) 

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3 hours ago, longshot said:

Plenty east of Melbourne still going, but yes, there is one west of Melbourne still going, with a recent tracker update and snapchat  updates  - and I reckon you should know her as Bright Christie is apparently from Bright :) 

Yes 

sorry I meant to say west of melvagas not east

 

and yes Christie is from bright , she is taken her time

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We hear  inspiring stories about life transformation when people see where they are headed, and about adventures. Reckon Christie's is one of them, from facing Bariatric lap band surgery to riding across Australia (with all the risk that entails, apart from the feat). I've never met her, only just read her 'blog'.

(In general I'm not enthusiastic about social media as it is or can be a huge time sink, with very little of real value, but there's certainly some that is)

 

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from http://christiehamilton.cc/

My longer Bio for IndyPac

I want to write the bio about my early 20’s and really make myself sound like a hard ass, so I feel like less of an imposter on the start line.  That would do a dis-service to everyone playing along at home. Particularly to people who are now where I was a few years ago.

In 2014 a decade of abuse had turned me into a 30 year old blob.  Problems with my circulation became an excuse to do nothing, a cubicle job and a series of unfortunate (and pathetically banal) events found me clawing at the walls of my life like the chick in the pit on Silence of the Lambs avoiding the hose.  I felt utterly utterly hopeless, the best thing to do was tap out, live the beige life, and put a deposit down on a mobility scooter so I could cruise the streets of my write-off of a life.

The gates of possibility were clanging shut, and all my teenage dreams of adventures had slipped away.

A bike was cheaper than bariatric surgery (well, the first one was), so we got me a bike.  Like a village raises a child, I found I had a group of people around me wanting to help.  I owe my life (quite literally) to those early supporters.

I joined a local club, rode the 4:30pm at the velodrome with the 7yr olds. I rode 8am sessions with the 80 year olds and learnt to draft as I struggled to keep up with men who could only muster a shuffle off their bikes. I was so proud of sitting on at my threshold of 22kph for 20k’s.  I found bike shops that treated me like a human being, and didn’t ask me if my road bike had “bendy bars” and a bike fitter who could work with me to minimise all the bounce of my fat legs (and inevitable saddle sores).  I’d rock up to rides and be told I was “Inspirational”; the word was used so often it became a joke, my goal was simply to not stand out so much that people weren’t compelled to come over and tell me how well I was doing to simply show up.

Somewhere along the line, I became a cyclist.

The natural progression was to move to Bright.  I was going to become a bad ass cyclist, so I wanted to meet myself when I got there.  I’m now surrounded by sporting legends and various hippies who have this health thing worked out. And just like my original cycling tribe, these amazing people only want to see me succeed. I eat Kale.  I fit into Women’s cycling kit. I can chat while riding up Hotham.

I won’t be on the front of the IndyPac, but I’ll be watching the front of the race play out!  If I have the grit to get where I am now with my cycling career, I’m quite sure I can get the IndyPac done.

 

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Dot watching

Like in this article I became a little obsessive watching the dots on the tracker. Always wondering why they weren't moving,were they sleeping, or eating? I was amazed they could ride for so long with so little sleep.

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