Over the past half-century, few have had the impact on all levels of competitive cycling, regionally or nationally, as Joe Saling. He has been involved in every level of the sport: state champion, national champion, world champion, race promoter, coach, consultant, media spokesperson, race announcer, historian, bicycle shop owner, equipment sales executive, cycling safety advocate, and long-standing "glue" that has held together one of the nation's legendary clubs, the Somerset Wheelmen in New Jersey.
Perhaps most noteworthy is Joe's legacy as someone who introduced and inspired many hundreds of young people to experience the thrill of racing or the joy of simply riding a bicycle. He has been, and remains, a teacher, a mentor, and an inspiration to many.
Joe served as U.S. Team Coach and Manager at the Summer Games in New Zealand in 1981 and in Trinidad in 1983. He also has served as a board member to the forerunner of the USA Cycling organization and for the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, originally established in Somerville, New Jersey. He was heavily involved with national and international events including the 1983 Pre-Olympic International Track meet in Los Angeles, the 1987-1988 Fuji National Track Series, and the 1988 Goodwill Series. Joe’s passion for grassroots cycling motivated him to form the first 4-H Bike Club in the country, to organize bicycle rodeos, and to create bike safety programs for elementary schools.