AS world-renowned endurance cyclist Mike Hall neared the final few days of the gruelling 5500km Indian Pacific Wheel Race, he took to Twitter to voice concerns about how close cars were getting to him as he rode.
Tragically, just four days later on March 31, Hall died after he was hit by a car south of Canberra.
Avid and casual cyclists from all around Perth honoured him on Saturday in a special tribute cycle that began and ended in Fremantle, his starting point in the IPWR.
About 300 people participated in the 51km ride, which started at Fremantle’s South Mole and wound through Melville, Canning and South Perth before coming back along the Swan River and finishing at Monument Hill.
Organiser Thomas Fry said although he didn’t know Hall personally, he felt compelled to honour the legacy of a man who had done so much for the sport.
“I was deeply saddened and shocked and I felt for Mike’s family, the other riders on course and the IPWR organisers,” he said.
“Everyone in cycling has lost a friend, but his spirit and legacy will live on forever.
“He has paved the way for other cyclists to enjoy the type of riding he loved and tribute rides all around the world were held to celebrate Mike’s life.”
With more than 100 people taking part in Saturday’s tribute ride, Mr Fry said it was an ideal time to emphasise the importance of cyclist safety.
“I think it’s far too common. I too was hit by a car just three weeks ago and I was lucky to just need stitches,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate on both sides because it’s the minority that gives a bad rap for their respective parties, but I think we need to move away from a motor vehicle versus bicycle approach and consider everyone ‘road users’.
“We all have the same rights on the road and we need to respect each other’s presence and look out for each other.”