We are just gutted to hear of Mike Hall’s tragic passing while racing the Indian Pacific Wheel Race this morning. The last thing I did before I closed my eyes last night was to check his dot on the Indian Pacific Wheel Race tracker. As all of the messages pouring in on social media are saying, he was a legend and an inspiration. And although we didn’t know him personally, his quiet down-to-earth manner in the films we’ve watched (i.e., Ride the Divide; Inspired to Ride) somehow made us feel like he was a friend we had gotten to know over the last few years.
A remarkable Paddy's Day spent riding in the Rasen Sports 24-hour Umm Jurn XC Mountain bike race this weekend. A very successful race with lots of learning for everyone and another gold medal to add to the winnings. Hugs to everyone who wished us well before the race - much appreciated!
Tomorrow, Friday 16 March 2017 will likely be the longest day of my life. This is something I have often said about long work days, and one horribly long and difficult MTB ride we did in 2013 in Nepal (which I am still trying to erase from my memory). But tomorrow will be our first attempt at a 24-hour MTB race! That's right - the winner is the person who rides the most distance in 24-hours. Around a farm in the desert.
My fourth Inland Sea Race (now Al Adaid Desert Challenge) and I finally came away $800US richer (the cheque says $750 but I actually got $800) with a first place finish in the toughest race in the Arabian Gulf! And more importantly, smashed my previous time (2:31:30) by more than 35 minutes with a time of 1:53:45! The event was well-organized and gets better every year.