Ian Hibell, world renowned cyclotourist and author of Into the Remote Places, was struck and killed by a car on August 23rd while on tour in Greece.
Hibell was famous for traveling the world on his bike nearly non-stop for the past 40 years. He took countless expeditions, among them his famous Cape Horn to Alaska trip, and an epic Europe to Cape of Good Hope expedition.
He epitomized what it means to be a trailblazer and many of his expeditions were “firsts”.
The first true overland Trans-Americas Expedition was that of British cyclist Ian Hibell who rode from Cape Horn to Alaska between 1971 and 1973. Hibell took the ‘direct’ overland south-to-north route including an overland crossing of the Atrato Swamp in Colombia. Hibell completed his crossing accompanied by two other cycling companions who had ridden with him from Cape Horn, but neither of these continued with Hibell on to Alaska. Hibell’s ‘Cape Horn to Alaska’ expedition forms part of his 1984 book Into the Remote Places.
Mr. Hibell has been an inspiration to generations of bike tourists and he will be sorely missed.