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 will be honouring him on Saturday in a special tribute cycle that will begin and end in Fremantle, his starting point in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race.
The 51km ride starts at Fremantle’s South Mole and winds through Melville, Canning and South Perth before coming back through Melville and finishing at Monument Hill on High Street.
Organiser and Craigie resident Thomas Fry said the tribute cycle would be a social one focusing on safety.
“Tribute rides all around the world were held last weekend and there will be more this weekend to celebrate Mike’s life,” he said.
“It is to honour the legacy that Mike has left, as he as done so much for the sport, but at the same time it’s great to exacerbate the importance of cycle safety and how road users need to respect each other and look out for each other.
“Safety is paramount, more time has been put into safety than anything else with this event and we have notified all the relevant authorities and have full support.
“We are expecting over 200 riders so we will be leaving in waves, each group will have a ride captain who will know the course and there is a clear run down of safety rules on the Facebook event page.
“Although most cyclists should already know these, we encourage less experienced riders to come and learn from those who are passionate about cycle safety.”
Those interested in taking part in the Perth Mike Hall Tribute Ride are asked to meet at South Mole on April 8 at 7am for a 7.30am push off.
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