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Indian Pacific Wheel Race

bluemoon17bluemoon17 Posts: 732
edited October 2017 in Road general
This kicked off a few days ago, was wondering if anybody had been following it? For those that don't know, it's along the same lines as the Transcontinental, but as the title suggests it's across Australia:

The Indian Pacific Wheel Race is a solo, single-stage, unsupported, 5,500km road cycling race ocean-to-ocean across Australia. The course is 100% sealed. The race starts on 18 March 2017 at 6:00am in Fremantle, Western Australia and finishes at the Sydney Opera House whenever you get there. The clock does not stop. There is no prize money. Nothing is at stake except honour.

This race was inspired by the other grand tours of bikepacking: the Tour Divide, the Trans Am Bike Race and the Transcontinental. Similar to these races, the rules for the Indian Pacific Wheel Race are simple and largely self-policed. The rules attempt to embody the spirit of self-support and fairness for all riders.

Kristof Allegaert is currently leading and is about to break through the 2000km barrier, with Mike Hall in second. Have found myself staring at the dots for a few minutes over the course of the race so far, trying to imagine how hard they must be pushing themselves. Absolutely phenomenal stuff.

Tracker is here for those that are interested:


  • onionmkonionmk Posts: 101
    Yep, been keeping track since the start.

    It's great that it got a lot of hype in the lead up to it (if you follow certain people I.e DR, Cycling Maven, Glucose Network and Curve cycling). The fact that these guys are YouTube vloggers we got to see such a detailed perspective on their motivations and the struggles that come with such an epic race! Makes it much more appealing than pro cycling I'll tell you that! I can't believe DR and Carlson are out of the race! Maven is doing so much better than I expected I really hope he finishes.

    And you're right. I look at alegaert, mike hall and Sarah and think this is just completely different breed of tough men/women. Hats off to them. All in all a truly amazing race which deserves more coverage.
  • marcusjbmarcusjb Posts: 2,412
    Cracking race so far. It will be a proper slugging match as the days go on.

    Couple of other Brits (both TCR vets), Frank and Shell, moving nicely in the midfield.
  • bluemoon17bluemoon17 Posts: 732
    I've loosely followed the TCR in the past couple of years, but yes you're right the presence of YouTube vloggers has really elevated the profile of this and for me, enabled me to get 'into it' a bit more.

    Mike Hall has closed right up to Kristof now, but really hasn't slept much. Going to be a nailbiting next 3000km...
  • bigmitch41bigmitch41 Posts: 684
    Yep really brings it home seeing the youtube vlog's how tough this is. Gutted DR's out, and Maven... has gone up in my estimation 100%

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  • scott5scott5 Posts: 83
    Been following it from the start it an intriguing race to follow. Allegaerts aunch at the start looks like it did the damage to Mike Hall who just can't seem to catch up.
  • Nick PayneNick Payne Posts: 288
    The leader (Kristof Allegaert) rode through Canberra this afternoon, so I rode across to the route the race takes through town to see him go by. He now has only about 400km to the finish, so should get there some time tomorrow. He seemed pretty relaxed for someone who'd managed to cover about 650km with 8000+m of climbing in the past 36 hours, particularly as that was on top of 4500km in the previous 11 days. Here he is waiting at some traffic lights in the middle of town.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,212
    Some horrible news coming out of this over (UK) night.

    I volunteered for last year's TCR as a dot watcher and so e-met him and his family. I can't​ really think of something to write....
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  • vimfuegovimfuego Posts: 1,783
    Yeah that's just horrible news. RIP Mike.
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  • andy9964andy9964 Posts: 930
    Terrible news.
    Just been watching a program on Bike channel about the (1st?) Trans-Am race, in which he featured heavily.
    Seemed like a really nice guy RIP
  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,250
    Just picked this up from Twitter. Absolutely gutted.
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,978
    This is tragic news. :(


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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,728
    Rip, sad news indeed. Hopefully his legacy will continue. Understand that the events been cut short and a memorial ride is planned Sunday.
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  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498

  • Horrible news, simply horrible.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    Just saw this on BBC, terrible news.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,360
    Very sad. RIP
  • luv2rideluv2ride Posts: 2,362
    Am sure many BR forum members have donated already: ... =Rkx4nxve5

    Truly tragic news....
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  • BlueNGTBlueNGT Posts: 119
    Film on IPWR released yesterday here
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