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Seven days ago, as the first day of the ISDE came to a close, enduro lost a true character of the sport — Michael Alty.

On day one of this year’s International Six Days Enduro in France, tragedy struck our enduro paddock when British competitor Michael Alty suddenly passed away.

While racing continued hearts remained heavy for the rest of the week. 

On the final day of racing, the infamous Purple Helmets — of which he was a member — led a tribute to Michael, as the racing fraternity stood for a minute of silence.

Knowing him best, the Purple Helmets composed this tribute to Michael, their lighthouse of chaos, which we felt we had to share…


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Incomparable sadness runs through our whole team, our families and all our friends around the world at the sudden loss of Mikey. This is a void which can never be filled and we will never be the same again.

What big Mikey brought to us was a larger than life character, always happy to see you, always first to shake your hand and squeeze the life out of you, always first to the bar, first to start his bike, first to come up with the next ridiculous stunt.

Seldom in life do you meet someone with Mikey's energy and love for his family, friends and for making people laugh.

It was impossible to have a bad time when Mikey was around, you'd always want to be on his table, he was the life and soul of The Purple Helmets, a leader, an organiser and a grafter.

I can't believe he won't be there in the middle of the shows like a lighthouse of chaos until his girls turned up and made him behave. Tracy, Faye and Katie were his jewels and a more proud husband and dad you'd rarely meet. We can't even begin to imagine their pain.

Some will say that he passed away doing what he loved, but Mikey loved everything, he was always buzzing and had so many great friends who loved him for the same reason we all do.

This great man, a true legend and one in a million who would do anything for you and who would put a smile on your face just by being in the same room, has left a legacy of memories and stories which we will tell for decades to come.

The sadness inside occasionally subsides with a smile when thinking about the great times with Mikey, that riding style, that laugh and his excitement of life.

Please feel free to add your own memories.

Rest well big fella, we miss you so much.