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The obituary notice of IAN HIBELL

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IAN HIBELLIan Hibell, regarded as the world's most accomplished long-distance touring cyclist, died after a road accident in Greece on 23 August, 2008.The remarkable 74-year-old, from Brixham, was in collision with a car while cycling on the Athens-Salonika highway and died at the scene.The Torbay sportsman was famous for travelling 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 epitomised what it means to be a trailblazer and many of his expeditions were 'firsts'.Tributes poured in from cycle fans world-wide on the internet for the daredevil tourer who had been to the most remote spots on earth from Antarctica and the Amazon to Alaska and Indonesia.There were also calls for his book, Into the Remote Places, to be re-printed as a posthumous tribute, and plans for his enormous collection of photos and slides to be preserved and exhibited were made.Mr Hibell, who lived in Higher Brixham in Devon and cared for his mother until she passed away five years ago, died still modestly claiming a whole slew of long-distance and 'first to go across' records.But the sinewy sportsman with endless reserves of stamina will be best remembered for his casual asides to fans and interviewers. They revealed he had been almost eaten alive by tropical ants, got lost in mangrove swamps, was chased by rogue elephants and once faced down a hungry lion.The adventurer, photographer and lecturer had been jailed, shot at and, having left on a two-year sabbatical trip from his work at a communications firm in Paignton, returned 10 years later murmuring apologies. He never did summon up the nerve to ask for his old job back.A regular guest on Blue Peter and the BBC Globetrotter series,Mr Hibellwas honoured by the League of American Wheelmen and by the UK's Cycle Touring Club for his pioneering spirit and accomplishments.He developed his taste for travelling during his RAF service in the 1950sIn later years, he lectured at Yale University in the USA and was a popular public speaker.
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Phil Liggett presents Ian with an award from the CTC in 2003
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Phil Liggett presents Ian with an award from the CTC in 2003
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I had the pleasure of meeting Ian Hibell over breakfast in Kotor, Montenegro this summer. He was a charming and delightful man, full of amazing stories. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to spend more time with him - I'd have loved to hear more. He was an inspirational person, and I found myself telling other people I met all about this amazing man I'd met in Kotor. I'm shocked and deeply saddened to know that he won't be completing the journey he was planning. Sad news.

Rosalind Ereira:
12/10/2008
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I first met Ian in September 1968 in the Northern Territory of Australia as I cycled northwards towards Darwin on my own world cycle tour. Ian was cycling south towards Sydney, having arrived in Darwin a few days before after travelling through Indonesia. We had long discussions over a pot of tea at a nearby café as we exchanged experiences on our common interest.

Two months later, after I had arrived in the federal capital of Canberra, I was astonished to see Ian's bicycle outside a café. We shared each other's company for a couple of days before parting once more.

Returning home in late 1969, I corresponded with Ian as he made his epic journey up through the Americas from Cape Horn to Alaska between 1971 and 1973. During later years I followed his progress as he made other monumental journeys.

I shall always remember Ian's courage and determination as he followed his chosen way of life for so long, brought to an end in such a cruel way. I remember a warm, quiet, gentle man.

David Sore:
06/09/2008
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