The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will induct four legends of American cycling in ceremonies being held on November 11 in Davis, California. The honorees represent several disciplines within the sport of cycling. The inductees are Roy Knickman (Modern Road & Track Competitor), Lawrence Malone (Off-Road Competitor), Tim Mountford (Veteran Road & Track Competitor), and Joe Saling (Contributor to the Sport). With the Class of 2017, there are now a total of 154 Inductees in the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
“The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is proud to honor these individuals,” said Bob Bowen, board president. “These individuals were selected by the voters because of their supreme accomplishments in the sport of cycling. Their induction into the Hall of Fame will serve as a perpetual reminder of their dedication and sacrifice to the sport.”
Induction weekend will be held November 10-11, 2017 in Davis and features a celebration of American cycling. The public is welcomed to join Bicycling Hall of Fame members, cycling industry leaders and cycling enthusiasts for a free Club Ride on Saturday, Nov. 11; and the induction ceremony that evening. Tickets for the Nov. 11 Induction Ceremony at the UC Davis ARC facility are $55.00 each and they are available for purchase online at: https://squareup.com/market/us-bicycling-hall-of-fame. For more information, visit: www.usbhof.org
The Hall of Fame has been located in Davis, Calif. since 2010 and it boasts 8,000 square feet of displays and exhibits that tell the story of American cycling history via inductee memorabilia and a collection of bicycles from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Class of 2017 Inductees include:
Veteran Road and Track: Tim Mountford
In an era when U.S. cycling was largely focused on results back home, Tim Mountford had great success on the international stage. A ferocious sprinter who excelled in a variety of disciplines, Tim placed 10th in the sprints at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and competed with Jack Disney in the tandem sprints at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. At the 1967 Pan American Games in Canada, he won a bronze medal in the 10-mile event. Tim also won a gold medal in the Men’s Sprints in the 1969 National Championships in Detroit, Michigan.
Showing a remarkable endurance when it comes to speed events, he raced in four individual and team sprint events at the 1970 World Amateur Track Championships in Leicester, England including the 1000 meter time trial; Tandem Sprints with Skip Cutting; and Team Pursuit with John Vande Velde, Dave Chauner, Chris Halsey. Tim reached the sprint quarterfinals at the 1971 and 1972 World Professional Track Championships in Verse, Italy and Marseille, France.
Tim also was a throwback to turn of the century racers while competing as a Six Day racing specialist, placing second with partner Dieter Kemper in 1973 at Los Angeles and third that same year at the Detroit Six Day with A. Fritz. He finished 14 additional “Sixes,” the most raced by any American since the 1940s.
Modern Road and Track: Roy Knickman
Roy Knickman’s career spanned multiple continents and momentous moments on some legendary teams. Success came early at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles when Roy won a bronze medal as part of the Team Time Trial with Davis Phinney, Ron Kiefel, and Andrew Weaver. He made his mark early in his career on some of cycling’s most iconic teams – La Vie Claire, Toshiba-Look, and 7-Eleven. Early teammates included all-time greats Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault and American legends Davis Phinney and Andy Hampsten. In 1987, he won stages of Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de Suisse. Roy added a stage win of the Coors Classic in 1988, the final year of the landmark U.S. stage race. He then reached the pinnacle of road cycling, competing twice in the Tour de France.
Later in his career, Roy focused on the U.S. domestic circuit racing for the dominant teams of the early 1990s, Coors Light and Mercury. After his racing days, Roy applied his cycling skills to help the next generation when he became a coach with USA Cycling.
Roy now leads the top Junior Development Program in the country, the LUX Development Cycling Team. Last year, the team produced the first Junior World Champion in 25 years and this year the group has won 6 National Championships while placing8 riders in Europe on National Team trips.
Off-Road (Mountain Bike, BMX, Cyclocross): Lawrence Malone
Dedicated to what was in the 1970’s considered to be a fringe sport, Lawrence Malone left an indelible mark on Cyclocross. He perfected the “barrier bunny-hop” maneuver, clearing obstacles without having to dismount. His technique – utilized at the World Championships – brought worldwide attention to the fledgling U.S. Cyclocross scene. The barrier hops have been crowd favorites ever since. He confirmed his dominance in U.S. Cyclocross with five consecutive national titles from 1975 to 1979.
Contributor: Joe Saling
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.
All images courtesy from USBHOF
About the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
Founded in 1985, The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing American competitive cyclists and contributors to the sport for their significant achievements. Its mission is to preserve the history of American cycling in order to educate people about the past and encourage them to participate in the future of the sport. Encouraging all levels of cycling, the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame promotes cycling development and fitness.