America’s Great Cycling Legacy
Most Americans are unaware that during the early 20th century, bicycle racing was a more popular spectator sport than baseball. Champion cyclists like Frank Kramer and Major Taylor earned more than the highest paid baseball players of their day including Ty Cobb. Six-day races ran around-the-clock to sold out crowds and head-to-head racing filled venues to capacity in Newark, New York, and Salt Lake City.
The foundation of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is built upon the recognition of the competitors and contributors to the sport of cycling.
Since 1987, there has been an annual induction of Americans who have achieved tremendous success in racing or have enhanced the sport of cycling through innovation, coaching, and their participation.
Past inductees include legends such as Greg LeMond, Juliana Furtado, Nelson Vails, Frank Kramer, Cheri Elliott, Alf Goullet, Major Taylor, Ned Overend, and Connie Carpenter-Phinney.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame exists to preserve and communicate the rich history of American cycling spanning from the champions of the 1880’s to today’s elite athletes.
All Aspects of the Sport
The Hall of Fame recognizes all disciplines within the sport of cycling including road, track, cyclocross, BMX, and mountain biking.
History of the Hall of Fame
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame was founded in 1986 in Somerville NJ, home of the oldest bicycle race in the United States: The Tour of Somerville. The Tour’s founder, Pop Kugler was the first inductee into the Hall of Fame.
A New Beginning
In 2008, The Hall of Fame embarked on a search for a new location that would be capable of honoring over 130 inductees and displaying its extensive collection of historic artifacts spanning over 100 years of American cycling history.
After a nationwide competition, Davis, CA was chosen as the new home for the Hall of Fame and its Museum. Davis is renowned for it’s commitment to cycling and recognized as a “Platinum” Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame now occupies an 8,000 square foot building in Central Park in downtown Davis. Its collection includes a vast array of bicycles, photographs, awards, posters, periodicals and racing apparel from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is a perfect location for student tours and history-based education curriculum. The USBHOF welcomes field trips from schools both during regular hours, and by special appointment. One of the key tenets of the Hall of Fame’s mission to to educate Americans regarding our rich cycling history & heritage. American cycling history played a key role in the evolution of our culture and economy, affecting eras as diverse as women’s suffrage and the industrial revolution.
Additional materials are currently under development for use at the Hall of Fame and within the classroom to assist the educator in communicating the influences cycling has had on our society.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is the ideal location to begin & end club rides. The Hall of Fame is located in Central Park, downtown Davis, CA, which provides ample room to relax after a long ride. Through advance notice, special arrangements can be made to have the Hall of Fame open for your group as well.