Ian Hibell Passes

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”.

From Wikipedia:

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.

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9 Responses to “Ian Hibell Passes”

  • Dolan Halbrook says:

    Very sad to hear, but at least he was doing what he loved. Not everyone can say that. Tragically reminiscent of Ken Kifer.

  • Scott Wayland says:

    Damn. That’s sad news. What little I read about him was inspirational. What a guy. Still at it, too, after 40 years. The world is a lesser place for his passing.

    There ain’t no car traffic in heaven, brother. The SUV’s are all in hell. Ride on, brother, wherever you are.


  • andy parmentier says:

    i read MILES FROM NOWHERE recently. the author was killed after a round the world bicycle trip.
    in washington state 2 years ago, i ran across a local story about THE VIKING BIKER who was in town staying with friends. he was a norwegian who had pedaled thru south america, up thru the u.s. and was preparing a bike trip across canada in the winter. he was inspired by his dad, who was a sailor.
    to me, ian is like a dad that i never knew, but i’ve had a dream to bicycle around the world for many years. i am GLAD i have a tough chrome-moly bike after reading about his bicycle (i was tempted to trade up for an aluminum gold rush).
    i had a best friend in high school named ian mccoughlin who was one of those guys runs forever like a tarahumara indian. once he invited me over to his house, and it turned out to be the same house, that my family lived in 13 years earlier. we also both had brothers, and he shared the same bedroom that my brother and i did. and we’re both irish.

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  • David Cambon says:

    Ian was an inspiration for my own cycletouring adventures. His killing makes me mad as hell. He may have been “doing what he loved” but he was killed by a careless fucking asshole in a car who callously ran him down and took off. That is not the way I would wish to die.

    Ian being killed by a motorist is a synopsis of the behavior of motorists around the world. It wasn’t an accident, it was yet another example of the increasingly terrible behavior of motorists, who believe they have a right do do whatever they please, whether it’s killing cyclists, wrecking cities or fucking up the whole bloody planet.

    Ian traveled in the most beautiful way. By killing him with a car, motorists have removed a little more beauty from the earth. It is a sad time and it is a time to be angry.

  • Barbara Kilts says:

    Sad news to loose such a gentle and inspiring soul. I met him way back in my Missoula days when Bikecentennial (now Adventure Cycling) was forming. His Americas tour inspired Greg and June Siple & Dan and Lys Burden to do Hemistour: on that adventure they came up with the idea to celebrate the Bicentennial with a whole bunch of us folk riding TransAmerica.

    Ian was invited to Missoula to speak on his Europe to Africa tour. The stories were amazing – the people, endless spaces, the lion sniffing him at night. In his quiet and unassuming English way he said of crossing the Sahara Desert: ” There’s certain technique to riding on sand; it’s a pity I never learned it!

    May Ian be riding over the sands of Heaven – Ride in Peace.


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  • John Hood says:

    What a shame. Ian was such an unusual character. I knew him in the mid ’60’s in the US. He was travelling then. Someone that one never forgets.

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