Vale Jim Freeman and Mike Hall: after several recent 3CR programs dedicated to the Indian Pacific Wheelrace, Val and Chris attempt to process Fridays unbearably tragic news of Mike Halls death on the Monaro highway outside of Canberra. Mike was one of the worlds greatest ultra endurance cyclists and an event founder, going back to the Tour Divide. As a mark of respect, cyclists all over the world quickly organised tribute rides to Mike, with thousands turning out in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane on Sunday 2nd April. A Perth tribute ride is planned for later this week. With thanks to Sam and Steve, we play audio of Andrew Pike’s moving speech for Mike from the Melbourne ride conclusion at Wurundjeri Spur, Yarra Bend.
We also reflect upon the passing of Jim Freeman, a long time Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club member and friend to many. Cycling news also includes Philippe Gilberts unexpected win in the Tour of Flanders and a proposed elevated “cycleway” for Melbournes inner west at part of the West Distributor.