A British cyclist killed during a race in Australia
Mike Hall, British cyclist, was competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race when he was involved in a collision with a car on Friday.
The race began on 18 March and was due to finish on Friday. The Yorkshire-born cyclist had been in second place. Race organisers said his death was a "great loss to the global cycling community". The race, from Perth to Sydney, was cancelled after the crash. ACT Policing - the community policing arm of the Australian Federal Police - and race organisers are investigating. The crash happened on Friday morning on the Monaro Highway at Royalla, south of Canberra, in New South Wales.
Mr Hall - who won the 2012 World Cycle Race - died at the scene. His family has been informed, police said. Mr Hall founded the annual Transcontinental Race - an ultra-endurance across Europe. In 2013 and 2016 he won the Tour Divide mountain bike race in the Rocky Mountains. In a statement released by the organisers of the 5,450km, unsupported ride, the IPWR said Mr Hall "leaves an incredible legacy". They said he "revelled in the spirit and adventure of ultra-endurance cycling events", and praised his efforts in "both raising money and the spirits of others". A tribute ride is being planned in Sydney for Sunday.