In its inaugural edition in 2017, the event generated unprecedented interest but was cancelled on its deciding day when ultra-endurance legend Mike Hall was tragically killed by a vehicle on the outskirts of Canberra.
“We’re running the Indian Pacific Wheel Race again because of Mike,” event spokesman Jesse Carlsson said. “We want to continue his work and inspire the masses. Every cyclist should be able to cross the country on their bike unscathed. The Indian Pacific Wheel Race gives us a unique opportunity to highlight the need for greater respect and awareness for all road users.”
The decision to hold the Indian Pacific Wheel Race again has the support of Hall’s mother, Patricia, along with the 2017 participants and the dot-watching community.
The single-stage, unsupported, 5,500km race across Australia will depart from Fremantle, Western Australia on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The race will conclude in Sydney at the Opera House Forecourt.
Entries will be open to 70 adventurous spirits, while ten invitational spots will be available evoking outrageous humanity on two wheels. A new, relay category is also being introduced allowing a four-person team to challenge themselves against the soloists.
“Five-and-a-half thousand kilometres is a huge commitment. A relay makes the Indian Pacific Wheel Race that little bit more accessible,” Carlsson said. “The relay will be structured across four legs. Fremantle to Adelaide, Adelaide to Melbourne, Melbourne to Canberra while the stretch from the nation’s capital to Sydney will conclude the four-person challenge.”
Safety continues to be of the utmost importance with additional measures put in place for visibility covering bike lighting, and reflective clothing.
“Each entrant is their own ride organiser, and they need to make a judgement regarding their levels of fatigue and what they’re comfortable with given the challenges of endurance sport,” Carlsson said.
“Racers will need to pass a pre-event safety check to be on the start line. We’ve included the requirement for lighting use between the hours of 1600 and 0800 local time, and when there’s low visibility.
“It’s great that there are concerns for the safety of cyclists as it illustrates an awareness of road safety. We would be extremely disappointed if motorists weren’t concerned for the safety of others on the road and it’s a responsibility we all share every day.”