June 08, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce that the second induction class for the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame will take place October 1-2, 2016 in conjunction with the Milton International Track Challenge being held at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario. The Milton facility now hosts the Hall of Fame area on the ground floor level.
The Hall of Fame allows us to showcase our history and remember those athletes and builders that have brought the sport to its current position. The HOF provides a historical context as well as inspiring current and future athletes to greater accomplishments.
In this second year of the Hall of Fame the intent is to have up to eight (8) members selected including a minimum of one in the Builder category and one early era selection in the Athlete category. The plan is move to a nomination process in the third year.
A working group struck by the Cycling Canada Board of Directors has developed a curated list of retired athletes and builders, some of whom are still active, that comprise the List of 2016 Candidates. The working group has not included currently active athletes on the ballot.
The final selections for 2016 will be made by the Cycling Canada Board of Directors based on the ranking by the working group and the public input provided through an online vote. We encourage members of the cycling community to go to the ballot and vote for the candidates.
The candidates, presented in alphabetical order, are as follows:
|EARLY ERA ATHLETES|
|1908 Men’s Team Pursuit||1908 Olympic Bronze medal – 4000m Team Pursuit: William Anderson, Walter Andrews, Frederick McCarthy, Willie Morton|
|Lew ELDER||1/4 mile and 25 mile World Records, 1928 Olympic Team|
|Pierre GACHON||First North American to ride in the Tour de France (1937), Professional 6-day racer|
|Archie McEACHERN||World Champion-1900; 5 mile paced world record-1902|
|Robert McLEOD||Gold medal 10 mile mass start 1934 British Empire Games, Muliple international wins and placings|
|Willie SPENCER||2/3rds mile world record-1923; American championship-1922/23/26; world record-standing start 440 yard; world indoor titles-1922/23/25|
|Russell COUPLAND||Former President Canadian Wheelman’s Assoc. (CCA) – Managed Cycling Olympic Team 1928 & 1932 – Officiated at 6 day races – Race organizer at Grassroots level in Toronto at the CNE fair grounds|
|GESTEV||25 years of Mountain Bike World Cup & World Championship production, Hosted MTB Worlds in 1998 and 2010|
|Brian JOLLY||1968 Olympic cyclist for GB, multi-term CCA President (1993-2002), Board of Hamilton Road Worlds, Board of Hamilton Foundation, UCI Road & MTB Commission, Chairman of Tour of Alberta|
|Louise LALONDE||Pioneering international female commissaire and trainer of generation of commissaires|
|Lyne BESSETTE||Para-cycling Medals / Commonwealth Games gold medal, winner Tour de l’Aude, Pan Am Games silver medal, multiple international wins and placings|
|Cindy DEVINE||(Downhill World Champion-1990, finished top-5 in the first 5 World Championships)|
|Gord FRASER||1996 Olympic Team, Most successful professional sprinter in North America, 15KM ITT record holder for many years, 2 x Tour de France participant|
|Ron HAYMAN||Member 1972/76 Olympics teams, Tour of Somerville winner, Coors Classic stage winner, top amateur in Belgium (1979), Tour of Ireland winner, multiple international wins and placings|
|Linda JACKSON||Commonwealth Games silver medal, World Championships bronze, HP International stage race winner, multiple international stage race wins and placings|
|Marie-Helene PREMONT||2004 Olympic silver, 2 time Olympian, World Cup wins and champion, Commonwealth Games Gold, 6 time Canadian National MTB Champion|
|Alex STIEDA||First North American to wear Tour de France Yellow Jersey, captured five classification jerseys in the TdeF and won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal|
|Karen STRONG||World Championship silver and bronze medals and multiple international wins and placings|
|Brian WALTON||Silver medal-1996 Olympics, Pan Am gold medal, World Cup victories and placings, multiple international victories and placings, won Milk Race|
|Kelly Ann WAY||First Canadian to wear Women’s Tour de France yellow jersey, multiple wins and placings|
|Eric WOHLBERG||Gold medal ITT & Bronze Medal RR at 1998 Commonwealth Games, Winner 2000 Tour of the Gila, Multiple Canadian ITT National Titles|