Cy­cling Canada Hall of Fame

Linda Jack­son, Eric Wohlberg & Nora Young In­ducted

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Three new mem­bers were in­ducted into the Cy­cling Canada Hall of Fame on Sept. 30 at the Mat­tamy Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre in Mil­ton, Ont. The class of 2018, in­clud­ing Linda Jack­son, Eric Wohlberg and Nora Young, were hon­oured at a lun­cheon cer­e­mony at the Glen­cairn Golf Club fol­low­ing the third an­nual Lexus Ride with Leg­ends, in con­junc­tion with the Cana­dian Track Cham­pi­onships.

Cre­ated in 2015, the Cy­cling Canada Hall of Fame has now rec­og­nized 22 mem­bers, in­clud­ing 19 ath­letes and three builders, for their out­stand­ing achieve­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to the sport of cy­cling.

“It is so im­por­tant to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate the gra­cious cham­pi­ons and builders who have been in­stru­men­tal in shap­ing the de­vel­op­ment of cy­cling in Canada,” said Matt Jef­fries, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Cy­cling Canada. “There is no bet­ter way to hon­our them than through this in­duc­tion into our Hall of Fame. We are grate­ful to Nora, Linda, Eric and their fam­i­lies for the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tions they have made and con­tinue to make to our sport in Canada and abroad.”

Linda Jack­son had a re­mark­able ca­reer in road cy­cling de­spite en­ter­ing the sport at the age of 32. She won a bronze medal in the women’s road race at the 1996 World Cham­pi­onships, as well as sev­eral medals at the Com­mon­wealth Games, in­clud­ing a vic­tory at the Tour de l’Aude in France.

In 2000, she re­tired and founded the women’s road-rac­ing team TIBCO-Sil­i­con Val­ley Bank in 2014, now the long­est-run­ning Pro­fes­sional women’s cy­cling team in North Amer­ica, which has re­cruited many Cana­dian rid­ers along the way. An in­vest­ment banker, she was also a found­ing di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion-Hamil­ton 2003 Road Cy­cling Foun­da­tion, which has sup­ported nu­mer­ous road rid­ers through­out the years.

Eric Wohlberg won a gold medal at the 1998 Com­mon­wealth Games, and dur­ing his ca­reer rep­re­sented Canada at three Olympic

Games, as well as at eight Road World Cham­pi­onships. From 1996 to 2006, he was on every in­di­vid­ual time-trial podium at the Cana­dian Road Cham­pi­onships. Since re­tir­ing, he has con­tin­ued his cy­cling pas­sion as sport di­rec­tor for Rally Rac­ing, Amer­ica’s top-ranked Con­ti­nen­tal women’s and men’s pro­gram.

“I’m very hon­oured to be rec­og­nized and see my name on the plaque in Mil­ton [the Mat­tamy Na­tional Cy­cling Cen­tre],” said Wohlberg, who at­tended the cer­e­mony with mem­bers of his fam­ily. “I had a pretty long run in the sport and still try to make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions. This was one of the best week­ends of my life, shared with fam­ily and friends. Hats off to Cy­cling Canada and the Hall of Fame Com­mit­tee for putting this to­gether.”

Young (1917-2016) was a lead­ing early-era ath­lete who rose to promi­nence as one of the top fe­male road cy­clists in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s. She is one of Canada’s most im­por­tant early fe­male cy­cling pi­o­neers, dis­tin­guish­ing her­self at top-level cy­cling races open to women of that era. A na­tional record holder and cham­pion, Young’s amaz­ing cy­cling ca­reer in­cluded mul­ti­ple medals dur­ing her six­ties, seven­ties and eight­ies in Master’s com­pe­ti­tions through­out the world. A new an­i­mated film hon­our­ing her ca­reer called Un­de­ni­ably Young: Nora Young and the Six-Day Race, by Ju­lia Mor­gan, is in the mak­ing.

Class of 2018 Hall of Fame plaques

Leg­endary Linda Jack­son re­ceives her Hall ofFame award fromCurt Har­nett.

Renowned Eric Wohlberg re­ceives his Hall ofFame award fromGord Singleton.

Nora Young was one of the top fe­male road cy­clists in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s.

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