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Tribute to Michael Mulholland

September 13, 2005 – Mike was born in Bournemouth, England in 1939 where he lived as a youth through WW2. At the age of 9, he came to Canada with his family to Scarborough, ON. His first interest with bicycles began when he was a teenager and he rode regularly to keep in shape. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he became a radar technician. After departing from the Air Force, he worked in the electronics repair industry. His love of cycling continued and he would ride his bike to work and during lunch hours.

Mike was a late starter when he got involved with the world of biycle racing. One day while riding by the Scarborough Town Center, he noticed a group of cyclists doing intervals. This was the Scarborough CC and he was invited to tag along with the group. He was able to hold his own against the experienced cyclists and a member of the club suggested that he join.

This was in 1971 when Mike was 32 and soon after he became passionate about cycling, winning provincial and national medals including becoming the Canadian National Cyclo-cross Champion in 1982. Family vacations inevitably turned into attending bicycle races. Mike’s passion was infectious and his children, Mark, Kathleen and Marcel, all raced and attained provincial and national medals.

At age 36, he became a race Commissaire as did his wife Denise, and Mike went on to become a Chief Commissaire. He was also a race organizer for time trials, track, road and especially cyclo-cross events. The difficult part for Mike as a cyclocross organizer was setting up a course through a forest and then trying to find his way out. During the 1980s he was a member of the national coaching committee where he helped develop the National Level A Coaching course. Mike attained a national Level 3 Coach and a was a prominent figure in the OCA.

Mike started the Oro Cycling Club in Toronto in 1982. In 1983, he bought Jocelyn Lovell’s business, Lovell Bikes, and Cyclops was born. Soon after the Oro Cycling Club became the Cyclops Cycling Club. He became a world-renowned frame builder with his bikes winning medals at World and other international events. His bicycles could be found in Germany, Japan, Australia and across North America. The Cyclops shop wasn’t just a business – it was the place to hang out, talk about racing, and share stories.

The Mulholland house and shop was the “race place” where Mike and his family would provide spare equipment, uniform repair, massage, bicycle maintenance — it even became a restaurant and bunk house. At races, he would provide the transportation in the Cyclops van or bus, last minute repairs, food for the racers, and then get to the start line just in time to race himself.

Mike constantly had a camera in his hand and was always taking pictures at races, which he developed and gave away. He took many videotapes of the races as well. From coach to commissaire, the races became a family affair, with the children being the cheering squad. And if a racer crashed, they inevitably ended up at the “Mulholland van” where Denise fixed them up.

Mike did more than just build bicycles – he lived cycling. He gave endlessly to the sport and its development of young rising athletes. He helped younger riders start out by training them and also provided them with frames, or complete bicycles for the season. On many occasions Mike would even strip his own bike of good equipment and give it to the younger riders he was assisting. Then he would transport them and their equipment to the races, get them ready, coach them and always provide lots of encouragement. To him, the future of cycling was not the bicycle, but the young cyclist starting out.

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