Que­bec Cycling Hall of Fame 2016 In­ductees

Arse­nault, Hughes, Van den Eynde, Rover and Gar­iépy

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front - BY BEN ANDREW

Five mem­bers of the Que­bec cycling com­mu­nity were in­ducted into the Que­bec Cycling Hall of Fame dur­ing this year's 30th an­niver­sary of the Fédéra­tion québe­coise des sports cy­clistes (FQSC) Hall of Fame. Held at the Hô­tel Château Bromont, cy­clists Clara Hughes, Steve Rover, An­nie Gar­iépy and in­dus­try builders event or­ga­nizer Serge Arse­nault and long-time coach Erik van den Eynde were hon­oured.

“This year was the 30th an­niver­sary of the FQSC Hall of Fame,” Louis Bar­beau told Pedal. “On this spe­cial oc­ca­sion, in­stead of in­duct­ing new mem­bers dur­ing our an­nual brunch for the Merite cy­cliste Que­be­cois, we hosted a fab­u­lous ban­quet for 150 peo­ple on the evening be­fore [Satur­day] and in­ducted five new mem­bers in­stead of three as usual.”

Arse­nault is renowned in the prov­ince and has been or­ga­niz­ing the Grands Prix Cy­clistes Québec City et Mon­tréal since 2010, the first and only UCI WorldTour races awarded to North or South Amer­ica.

Hughes, who was also a speed skater, amassed some 35 Na­tional ti­tles be­tween the two sports over her ca­reer, and is also the only ath­lete world­wide to have won mul­ti­ple medals in both the Sum­mer and Winter Olympics. Orig­i­nally from Win­nipeg, Man., Hughes signed her first team con­tract with Spe­cial­ized-Pedal and moved to On­tario in 1991 and then to Que­bec in 1999.

Dur­ing the 1990's and early 2000's, Gar­iépy was one of the best road cy­clists in Canada. She won bronze at the 1998 Commonwealth Games Points race, and in 1999 she won the Que­bec In­ter­na­tional Women's Grand Prix. Dur­ing her time on the bike, Gar­iépy rode for teams that in­cluded Au­to­trader.com and Trek Plus.

Van den Eynde is one of the most re­spected and renowned coaches in the prov­ince and across Canada. It was an emo­tional day for the hum­ble coach, orig­i­nally from Bel­gium, who be­gan his ca­reer back in 1985 and is cred­ited with changing the lives of many rid­ers, in­clud­ing Hughes.

In 1997, Rover was one of the first cy­clists from Que­bec to turn Pro in Europe, sign­ing with the Mutuelle de Seine et Marne. He fin­ished fourth at the Tour de l'Avenir in 1996, then re­turned to cycling as a tan­dem pilot for the Par­a­lympic Games in Athens in 1996.

Que­bec Cycling Hall of Fame 2016 In­ductees (l-r): Clara Hughes, Erik Van Den Eynde, An­nie Gar­iépy, Steve Rover (ab­sent Serge Arse­nault)

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