Road-racing icon Inga Thompson, former International Cycling Union champ Sara Ballantyne, velodrome pioneer Charles Winter and longtime mentor and race organizer Jerry Casale Jr. will be inducted as the 2014 class of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Local shrine President Anthony Costello made the announcement Monday.
“The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is proud to honor these individuals,” Costello explains. “They were selected because of their accomplishment in the sport of cycling … and their induction into the Hall of Fame will serve as a perpetual reminder of their dedication and sacrifice to the sport.”
Thompson rode competitively from 1984 through 1993, along the way making three U.S. Olympic teams, winning multiple national championships and racking up a handful of international victories.
An outspoken critic of the doping era in cycling, Thompson, a longtime Reno-area resident, now lives in Oregon.
Ballantyne, the dominant name in women’s mountain biking from the mid-1980s through 1996, was a three-time UCI world titleist, World Cup winner (1990-91) and a national champion. A national team member from 1990 to 1996, the Colorado woman continues to coach, train others and give motivational speeches.
The late competitor Charles Winter was a six-day bike team partner of current Hall of Famer Fred Spencer in the 1930s after winning a national track crown in 1925.
He rode in more than 100 marathon races, winning seven and finishing second nine times while coming in third in 14 other races.
Casale Jr., who died in 2012 at age 71, organized the Atlanta Olympic Games cycling events, was a key ingredient in American Para-Olympics and served as Team USA’s mechanic. Costello called him “a tireless promoter and supporter of the sport … well-regarded by everyone who worked with him.”
The quartet will be honored Saturday, Nov. 8, in an induction ceremony at the Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom at UC Davis.
Costello says the ceremony will be the centerpiece of a number of celebratory events that weekend.
Hall of Fame members are inducted annually in four categories: veteran road and track (Winter); modern road and track (Thompson); off-road competitor (Ballantyne); and contributor (Casale Jr.).
The 8,000-square-foot U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is at Third and B streets in downtown Davis and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It houses exhibits chronicling the story of American cycling and includes a collection of memorabilia and bicycles from the past three centuries.
Visit www.usbhof.org for more information.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.