Quebec Cycling Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees
Arsenault, Hughes, Van den Eynde, Rover and Gariépy
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)