Cycling Canada Hall of Fame
Linda Jackson, Eric Wohlberg & Nora Young Inducted
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.