Endurance cyclist Mike Hall, 35, died today after being involved in a collision with a car near the Australian capital, Canberra, during the Indian Pacific Wheel race.
An appeal to raise money for the partner and family of Mike Hall has passed its £20,000 target in five hours and donations are still flooding in.
The page was set up by James Hayden, a family friend of Hall, who wrote about his friend on the page.
“This page has been set up to raise money to help Mike’s family in this difficult time.
Mike will be remember by us all for his kindness, good heart and bravery. Mike was a shining light in many of our lives, enabling us to find the best of ourselves.
My sincere thoughts and love are with Anna, and Mike’s Family.
The money raised will go to Mike’s mum, Patricia, to cover any costs. Any money raised beyond her costs will be for her to decide the right cause. So please donate generously.”
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race team called off the event after the crash and said a tribute ride was being planned in Sydney on Sunday.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of a British man who sadly died near Canberra on 31 March.”
The crash happened close to the border of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Police from the ACT confirmed a male cyclist died at the scene following the collision on the Monaro Highway near Williamsdale. The cyclist was travelling north, just inside the ACT border.
Hall was in second place in the race when his global positioning satellite (GPS) tracker stopped moving near the scene of where the collision was reported at 6.30am local time today.