On March 29, 2017 Kristoff Allegaert, Mike Hall and Sarah Hammond rode from Omeo up and over Falls Creek. They were the leaders of the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race (IPWR), a road time trial race from Perth to Sydney. The 5500km race took the racers through the Nullarbor Plains Desert, the Great Ocean Road and up over the Australian Alps, it truly is an epic race!
All 70 of the competitors left as a group only 12 days ago and dramatically the lead changed for the first time today. Mike caught Kristoff at the top of one the toughest climbs in Australia at Falls Creek.
What promised to be a great battle to Sydney ended in tragedy as only a couple of days later Mike Hall would be hit by a car and killed just south of Canberra. It was a huge shock to everyone who had been following the race and for those who know of Mike. He was a legendary cyclist but more than that he embodied true spirit, the courage to follow dreams and inspire others to do so as well.
These images of these 3 amazing athletes will always inspire me. Be sure to follow next years race over at: IPWR