Nomination Process

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame endeavors to recognize major contributors to the sport and the world of bicycling. Since 1987, there has been an annual induction of significant Americans chosen as inductees who have enhanced the world of U.S. cycling or have achieved tremendous success in racing.

Inductees are currently selected from one of two categories:
Competitors: Success at the national & international levels is required to achieve selection.
Contributors: Advanced cycling in general or the sport through contributions in the areas of equipment, coaching, and overall promotion of the competitive sport.

Categories for the Current Year

  1. Veteran: Road and Track – those who raced 35 or more years prior to the year of nomination.
  2. Modern: Road and Track – 34 to 5 years prior to the year of nomination.
  3. Off Road (including BMX, Cyclo-cross and Mountain Biking) – minimum 5 years prior to the year of nomination
  4. Contributor to Cycling (any discipline)

For competition ONLY elite cycling results are considered to be included on the inductee ballot and for voting. Junior and Masters results are not considered.  Competitors must have been retired and inactive from elite competition for 5 years to be considered for inclusion on the ballot.

Categories may be subject to change over the years as determined by the Hall of Fame.

What makes someone a good candidate for the Hall of Fame?

A characteristic of athletes in the Hall of Fame is that they have achieved success at a high level of international competition. Take a look at the current inductees before submitting a name. Not only were they winning multiple national championships, they were also in close competition to medal at the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games, World Cups, Six Days and other international competitions. Their successes shine individually outside of team events. Junior and Master successes are not a factor for nominations to the Hall nor are they included in the ballot information. Keep in mind that a racer must be retired from elite or international racing for at least five years in order to be nominated. For instance, a racer who races an elite UCI cyclocross race even though they are a Master’s age would postpone their eligibility another five years.

Contributors elected to the Hall of Fame have each impacted cycling in a way that reaches beyond their own region or events. They have made contributions to cycling in general or the sport nationally and internationally. Good “Contributor” candidates are those who created bicycle inventions, events or infrastructure that have directly impacted (in a positive manner) cycling in general or bicycle racing in the US in a significant way.

Authority to Nominate

Anyone can nominate a candidate, but you must provide supporting documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments in order for the nominee to be considered for placement on the ballot. Please be as complete as possible and document major accomplishments. A list of what are considered the nominee’s top 10 accomplishments is a good start.

Submitted documents will not be returned and are retained as part of the Hall of Fame’s archives. Please submit copies of all materials that you wish to keep.

Balloting & Voting Process

  1. Submissions may be sent at any time.
  2. Be sure to review the Hall of Fame Ethics Standards Guidelines
  3. Complete submissions must be received by March 31st for consideration during the year submitted. Entries received after March 31st will be reviewed for the following year’s ballot.
  4. The Inductee Selection Committee may ask for more detailed documents and information for a submission and this may delay consideration until the following year’s ballot.
  5. The USBHOF Inductee Selection Committee will assemble the ballot from the qualified applications that are submitted. Again, documentation of accomplishments is critical to the process.
  6. Ballots are distributed to a group of pre-qualified Hall of Fame voters including past inductees, leaders in the cycling industry, media representatives and key players from the sport’s governing bodies across all disciplines of the sport.
  7. The votes are tallied and the new class of inductees are notified and invited to the annual Induction Ceremony which is open to the public with a ticket purchase.  Public attendees at the induction have the opportunity to meet and greet America’s cycling greats.
  8. A link to the nomination form can be found at: usbhof-nomination-form-2020

Submitting Nomination Forms

Email completed nomination forms to: nominations@usbhof.org

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Mail completed nomination forms (business letter or foldable 9″ x 12″ envelope only) via United States Postal Service to:

U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
Attn: Nomination & Selection Committee
303 3rd St
Davis, CA 95616

Contact: info@usbhof.org to make special arrangements if sending a package or items that are not bendable to fit in a mailbox.

Voting & Selection

The USBHOF Nomination & Selection Committee assembles the ballot from the qualified applications submitted. Ballots are distributed to a group of pre-qualified voters including past inductees, leaders in the cycling industry, media representatives and key players from the sport’s governing bodies across all disciplines of the sport. The votes are tallied and the new class of inductees are notified and invited to the annual Induction held every fall.

I sent in a nomination to be considered. What happens now?

Sending a nomination to the email address for the Nominating Committee provides a copy of your nomination to each of the Committee members. A Committee member may follow up with you for more information if needed. The Committee goes over the nominations yearly, and those with complete materials who meet the criteria for placement on the ballot may be added to the current year’s ballot if there is space (5 names per category is the current limit on the ballot). Some ballot names are rotated off the ballot after a period of time if they are not receiving a substantial number of  votes and may return to the ballot in the future. If incomplete information is received, even a strong candidate may be postponed to a future year’s ballot to give the committee time to help gather supporting information to warrant that candidate’s placement on the ballot.

Submissions that have been received by the committee in the past will be reviewed each year. If someone does not make the ballot on any particular year that does not mean they will not make it in a subsequent year. The ballot size is limited to 5 per category.

I submitted a nominee but haven’t heard any kind of response. What happened?

The committee sometimes receives a large number of nominations and wants each athlete or contributor who is added to the ballot to have a complete story for the best chance of receiving votes. While a very strong nomination with comprehensive supporting documentation may go through the committee smoothly and straight to the current year ballot if there is room, many nominations still require additional documentation that can delay inclusion on the ballot or the submission may be set aside for inclusion in the future. 

It is possible there is not room on the current ballot in which case the nomination could be added at a later date. It’s also possible that an athlete may not yet qualify due to the amount of years outside of elite competition. For some athletes, even though they may have been successful, the committee may decide the accomplishments may just not measure up to those currently on the ballot. For some contributors, though they may have made an impact in a particular region, or their reach may not have been outside of their area, the committee may decide they are not qualified to be put on the ballot.

  • Did you just send in a name and little information? We need more information and you probably have access to better information than the committee. Try again. Send in a more complete submission next time.
  • Is your submission a local or family hero? Read the accomplishments of current inductees. Even just making an Olympic team is usually not enough.
  • What did this person do to move the sport and cycling forward in a good way?
  • How did your nominee for submission impact the world of cycling? Did their exploits take place primarily in one region or town or were their accomplishments national and international in scope?

Annual Induction Ceremony

The annual Induction Ceremony is usually held in November in Davis, CA, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and bicycle museum.  Due to the restrictions on large events due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Induction will be merged with the 2021 ceremony assuming that event limits are lifted.

Individual tickets can be purchased in advance at the USBHOF online store at: www.usbhof.org. 

Early-bird ticket sales will be available beginning in the summer and advance purchase is recommended as event seating is anticipated to be a sell-out.

Sponsorship and corporate table purchases will also be available for the induction. Please contact us for more information.

For more information, contact: nominations@usbhof.org