U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame welcomes the class of 2013
November 26, 2013 (Davis, Calif.) — The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame welcomed four new members earlier this month at its 27th annual induction ceremony, held on the campus of the University of California – Davis on Nov. 16.
Earning a place in the hall of fame were Doris Travani-Mulligan, Mike King, Beth Heiden Reid and Vince Menci.
Doris Travani-Mulligan began racing bikes at the age of 12. After placing sixth the year before, she won her first Amateur Bicycle League road race national championship in 1947 at the age of 18. She would continue that victory streak for the next three years, and remains the only American woman to have won four consecutive road national championships. She also won the International Dirt Track Championships in 1947 and the International Sprint Championships in 1948.
Racing since he was 6 years old, Mike King has earned titles in a number of off-road disciplines. In his first year as a professional, he won the 1987 BMX Supercross World Championship at the age of 18, and followed that up a year later by being named the American Bicycle Association’s National No. 1 Pro. In 1989, he was the National Bicycle League’s “A” Pro Grand National champion. King’s achievements in mountain biking include winning the 1993 NORBA Dual Slalom National Championships and the 1993 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championship. King led USA Cycling’s BMX program when the discipline was introduced to the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing and again at the 2012 London Games.
Though cycling wasn’t her primary sport, Beth Heiden Reid still reached its pinnacle. She attended the 1976 Winter Olympics as a 17-year-old speedskater, and that same year she also began competing in junior cycling races. After winning a bronze medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games, Heiden Reid took victory at the road race national championships. She followed that up by winning the 1980 UCI Road Race World Championships and the women’s overall at the 1980 Coors International Bicycle Classic.
A longtime contributor to the sport, Vince Menci’s participation in cycling dates back to the early 1940s. After starting out as a competitor, he eventually became a race director for several popular events in New Jersey. Additionally, Menci was a New Jersey district representative for the Amateur Bicycle League of America (what is now USA Cycling) and contributed to the creation of the original U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Somerville, N.J. He has also been active in establishing standards for officials and conducting officials clinics in the mid-Atlantic States.
The induction weekend festivities also included a history symposium that focused on cycling in America in the 1960s, as well as a presentation by the Women’s Cycling Association.
About the U.S Bicycling Hall of Fame
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. Learn more at www.usbhof.org.
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