Steve Bauer, Curt Harnett among Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame's Class of 2015
Visitors to the National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ont., will now see the faces of nine of the sport's Canadian legends.
Adorning the walls in the main lobby are plaques of the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame's class of 2015: Steve Bauer, Tanya Dubnicoff, Curt Harnett Marc Lemay, Jocelyn Lovell, Lori-Ann Muenzer, Torchy Peden, Gordon Singleton and Alison Sydor.
Below, we highlight the career achievements of this year's inductees:
Steve Bauer: Best known for his performance at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where Bauer won Canada's first-ever medal in a men's road race, capturing silver. As a pro, he won bronze at the 1984 world championships and silver in '88. In 12 professional years, Bauer made 11 Tour de France appearances and became the first Canadian to win a stage when he claimed the yellow jersey at the end of the first stage in 1988. In 2005, Bauer was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame:
Tanya Dubnicoff: She was the first Canadian woman to win a world track cycling championship, doing so in 1993. Dubnicoff represented Canada at three Olympic Games, three Pan American Games and two Commonwealth Games. Her Pan Am haul of four gold medals, included a pair at the 1999 Games in Winnipeg, where she was Canada's flag bearer for the opening ceremony.
Curt Harnett: Well known for his blonde locks, Harnett was a talented cyclist, bringing home three medals from his four Olympic appearances. At the 1984 Games in L.A., Harnett won a silver medal in the 1,000-metre time trial and bronze in the 1992 and 1996 match sprint. At the worlds, he won two silvers, plus five gold and three silver in World Cup competition. A Pan Am gold medallist in the 1,000 time trial in 1987, Harnett was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Marc Lemay: He will be inducted into the builder category for his years of exemplary service to the sport. The president of the Canadian Cycling Association from 1981 to 1992, he was also a member of the Canadian Olympic Association's board of directors from 1982 to 1996. At the international level, Lemay led the Union Cycliste International (UCI) mountain bike commission through its early growth period from 1990 to 2001, including the addition of men's and women's cross country to the Olympic program in 1996 in Atlanta.
Jocelyn Lovell: Lovell, who was selected as a teenager for the Canadian squad that competed at the 1970 Summer Games in Mexico, was a three-time Olympian. In 1970, he was also the first Canadian in 32 years to win a cycling gold at the Commonwealth Games, this time in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Lovell finished first in the 1,000 time trial. He set a record for the distance in the mid-1970s that stood for 28 years.
Lori-Ann Muenzer: Emerged at the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning the match sprint event. She also collected six world championship medals in match sprints, flying and standing events, along with silver and bronze medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games where she set the flying 200m record.
Torchy Peden: The most prominent Canadian cyclist in the six-day events that ran between 1929 and 1948. Peden, who represented Canada at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, won 24 of 48 races he entered over that time and teamed with several riders worldwide during his career. Peden's most memorable victories occurred with his brother Doug.
Gordon Singleton: At 19, Singleton competed for Canada at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Two years later, he brought home a gold and bronze medal from the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. Singleton rose to international stardom, becoming the first cyclist to break and hold world records in the 200, 500 and 1,000. He also competed in six world events, becoming the first Canadian to win, in 1982. An 11-time Canadian champion, Singleton received the Order of Canada in 1986.
Alison Sydor: A road racer at the start of her career, Sydor was the first Canadian woman to win a road medal in 1991. She transitioned to mountain biking, winning her first world silver medal in 1992 to her last medal in 2004. In between, the Edmonton native won 10 world events, including silver at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. A winner of 17 World Cup races, she never finished outside the top five from 1992 to 2004. In 2013, Sydor was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.