HARROGATE cyclist Mike Hall has died after being struck by a car during an endurance race from Perth to Sydney in Australia
Officials of the Indian Pacific Wheel race confirmed the news in a statement.
They said the death of Mr Hall, 35, was “a great loss to the global cycling community”.
He was considered one of the world’s best endurance racers and held the record for the fastest completion of the American Trans-Am and Tour Divide bike-packing races.
He was also the founder of the Transcontinental race in Europe.
About 70 riders were taking part in the Australian event, with Mr Hall among the favourites.
Cyclists did not have back-up or support teams travelling with them.