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One thousand cyclists ride in Sydney in memory of Mike Hall

Kristof Allegaert leads tribute to his friend and rival, hundreds ride in other Australian cities to remember Briton killed on Friday

One thousand cyclists gathered in Sydney this morning to ride in memory of Mike Hall, the British ultracyclist killed on Friday at the age of 35 while taking part in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race.

Kristoff Allegaert, who was leading the IWPR when news broke on Friday morning of Hall’s death in a road traffic collision near Canberra, led the ride to commemorate his friend and rival.

> Tributes paid to Mike Hall following his death during Indian Pacific Wheel Race

Thursday had seen the pair exchange the race leadership several times as they battled to be the first to reach the Pacific Ocean.

This morning’s tribute ride began at the Rapha Cycle Club in the Surry Hills and ended at Sydney Opera House where the IWPR, cancelled by organisers after Hall’s death, had been due to end.

Rides also took place in other cities across Australia, with the race capturing the public’s imagination since the 70 competitors left Fremantle, Western Australia a fortnight ago.

Among them were Adelaide and Melbourne, both of which Hall past through in the days before his death.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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