October 16, 2013 (Toronto, ON) — Legendary Alison Sydor, Canada’s most decorated mountain biker, was officially inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame today. Joined by family and fellow cycling stars Steve Bauer, Curt Harnett, Karen Strong, Sylvia Burka, Kelly-Anne Carter-Erdman and Jill Smith among others, Sydor is the only rider to win all three Canadian national cycling championship titles for MTB, road, and cyclocross.
Her storied career includes a silver medal in MTB cross-country at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; a bronze in the road race at the 1991 UCI Road Worlds in Stuttgart, Germany; three individual UCI World MTB Championship gold medals (Vail, CO, 1994; Kirchzarten, Germany, 1995; and in Cairns, Aus, 1996), and team relay gold medal at Kaprun, Austria in 2002.
She also won three UCI MTB World Cup Series overall titles, along with 17 World Cup (cross-country) race victories. For 13 consecutive years (1992-2004) she always finished among the top-5 at the MTB World Championships.
Sydor, 47, originally from Edmonton, Alberta, was Canada’s top female athlete in 1995 and 1996 winning the Velma Springstead Trophy, and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2007, and the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Also inducted with Sydor today were hockey player Joe Sakic, curler Russ Howard, Paralympian André Viger and the 1992 Olympic champion women’s rowing team of Kirsten Barnes, Brenda Taylor, Jessica Monroe-Gonin, Kay Worthington and Jennifer Walinga – read more here.
Check out our on-site Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame interview with Sydor tomorrow.
Pedal joins the cycling community around the globe in congratulating Alison Sydor on her stellar cycling career, her talent, her passion, her dedication and her always gracious style.