DAVIS, Calif. (September 2018) – The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will induct four legends of American cycling in ceremonies being held on November 10 in Davis, California. The honorees represent several disciplines within the sport of cycling. The inductees are Jennie Reed (Modern Road & Track Competitor), Eric Rupe (Off-Road Competitor), Jerry Ash (Veteran Road & Track Competitor), and Richard DeGarmo (Contributor to the Sport). With the Class of 2018, there are now a total of 158 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 9-10, 2018 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. 10; and the induction ceremony that evening. Tickets for the Nov. 10 Induction Ceremony at the UC Davis ARC facility are $60.00 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 2018 Inductees include:
Jerry Ash – Veteran Road and Track: After winning his first six competitive races in the Los Angeles area as a novice in 1973, Jerry Ash went on to help establish the US as a world class sprinting power in both individual and tandem track sprint events. Ash had great success competing in the U.S. National Track Championships (1973-79) and the World Championships (1974-78) in Tandem Sprints, Match Sprints and the Kilometer Time Trial. Racing in the tandem sprints, Ash finished 2nd in 1978 in the Munich, Germany World Championships along with 2016 USBHOF Inductee Leigh Barczewski. Ash formerly held the U.S. National Kilometer Time Trial record with a time of 1:08.03.
Jerry Ash was the 1976-77 Rider of the Year at the historic Trexlertown, Pennsylvania Velodrome and he also won the International Pro/Am 2-day Madison (with Knut Knudson) in T-Town in 1978.
Jennie Reed – Modern Road and Track: After taking up track cycling at the age of 16 in Redmond, Washington, Jennie won Match Sprint and Individual Pursuit titles at the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships. She competed for the U.S. in the Match Sprint at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In 2008 she became the first American woman to win the world championship in Keirin Racing in which track cyclists sprint for victory following a speed-controlled start behind a motorized pacer. She finished 7th the Match Sprint at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and 2nd in Team Pursuit the 2012 London Olympics.
Reed dominated the U.S. National Track Championships from 2005 to 2007 winning championships in Match Sprints, Keirin, Team and Match Sprints, 500 meter Time Trial and Team Pursuit.
As a dominant international track racer, she medaled in Keirin, Match Sprints and Team Pursuit in the World Track Championships (2004, 2008 and 2011). Between 1998 and 2011 Reed medaled 9 times in Keirin, 5 times in Match Sprints and once in Scratch Racing at the World Cup Track Championships. Reed also won gold in the Keirin and Sprint events in the 2007 Pan American Cycling Championships.
Eric Rupe – Off-Road: Nicknamed “Big Daddy”, Rupe competed continuously at the highest level as a BMX off-road racer for over 40 years. He turned professional in 1977 when he was 14 years old and won his first pro race in 1980. In 2011 he reclassified to the Amateur Senior level in his late 40’s and competed well into his 50’s winning multiple national age group No.1 titles. In 2009 he won the USA Cycling BMX National Championship in the 45 & over Cruiser Class as an amateur.
He has won multiple BMX national championship and No. 1 titles sanctioned by the National Bicycle League (NBL), American Bicycle Association (ABA) and the United States Bicycle Association (USBA). He also competed in many World Championship events both as a Pro and as an Amateur. For years, Rupe crisscrossed the country as a racer and team manager for Mongoose and then GT Bicycles putting on BMX Clinics and training camps. In 1988 Rupe was inducted into the ABA BMX Hall of Fame.
Richard DeGarmo – Contributor: DeGarmo served as President of the US Cycling Federation (USCF) from 1987 to 1993. USCF was the precursor to today’s USA Cycling which is the umbrella organization for National and Olympic cycling competition in the U.S. As a member of the USCF Board from 1981 to 1994 he also helped bring BMX racing into the Federation. DeGarmo served as a member of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in various positions for 15 years and was the first USA member elected to the UCI management committee from 1992-1996.
DeGarmo’s Texas Bicycles Promotions produced bicycle races and events throughout Texas and beyond from 1981-1993. He was the organizer of the Tour of Texas International Bicycle Race from 1981 to 1990. Richard was the Road Coordinator 1986 World Cycling Championships in Colorado and the Director of the 1987 Pan Am Games cycling trials
DeGarmo was instrumental in getting Mountain Bike Racing included for the first time in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and he sponsored or organized some of the top Texas men’s and women’s cycling teams from 1979-2003.
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.
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