The ultra-endurance cycling community was hit with some very sad news yesterday. Six-time Tour Divide finisher Hal Russell passed away. Our thoughts and warm wishes go out to Hal’s family…

Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Hal Russell who died Wednesday night at the age of 73. I didn’t know Hal personally but have been inspired by his achievements over the years. In addition to finishing the 5,150-mile American Trail Race from the East to West Coast in 2017 (photo above), Hal is currently the oldest finisher of the rugged 2,750-mile Tour Divide Race, completing the ride six times, with his last finish being in 2019 at the age of 70. Hal was also a Vietnam veteran, school counselor, and author. He just came out with a new book called Touch Both Lines (more below). Here a couple posts by friends who knew him. Ride in peace, Hal.

Touch Both Lines chronicles Hal’s adventures through life. From growing up on a small Missouri farm to the many challenges faced in Vietnam, raising a family, dealing with his Ghost of Vietnam, and riding mountain bikes across the country. This book provides an insight into the challenges Vietnam vets continue to face and how Hal overcame his past experiences to truly “touch both lines.” Find details here.



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