Trans-Australia race canceled after rider dies in accident

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The Indian Pacific Wheel Race across Australia was canceled on Friday after British cyclist Mike Hall was struck and killed by a car while competing in the marathon event, organizers said.

"The Indian Pacific Wheel Race has been canceled with immediate effect in light of this morning's tragic incident," race organizers said in a statement before confirming Hall's death.

"I can suggest, given the nature of the collision, an investigation into the circumstances would suggest the rider of the push bike died at the scene," ACT Policing Sergeant Chris Meagher was quoted as saying by local media reports.

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