Thanks to everyone who made it out last week to Legends of Cycling - what a night! The location was perfect, the beer was cold, and our VIP guests were FANTASTIC! We can’t thank them enough for all sharing their Friday evening with us and giving us a great, humourous, and interesting night. Ryan Leech has published a recording from the event on his podcast. Listen to it here to hear some of the great stories from the evening, which includes a unique song by Jacquie Phelan about… Yes, you guessed it, biking, and Bike East Bay, which she concocted on her way to the event.
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Freddie Rodriguez is the only four-time US National Road Race Champion. He has participated in all three Grand Tours: the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the Vuelta a España. His palmarès include winning Stage 9 of the 2004 Giro d’Italia, and finishing a close second to Mario Cipollini in both the 2002 Milan-San Remo and the 2002 Gent–Wevelgem.
One of mountain biking’s pioneers, and the person who coined the name ‘Mountain Bike,’ Gary Fisherhad been competing in road and track races since age 12. In 1975, he went to work reinventing his 1930s Schwinn. His changes included drum brakes, motorcycle brake levers and cables, and triple chainrings, all taken from ‘junkers’ found at bike shops. As an adult competitor, he won the TransAlp race in Europe and a Masters XC national title.
Jacquie Phelan is a road and cyclocross racer, and was the National Off Road Bicycle Association champion three consecutive years - 1983, 1984, and 1985. The first US mountain bike racer, male or female, to compete abroad, she is one of the few US riders to have entered the Man vs Horse vs Bike race in Wales. A long-time motivator for women looking to enjoy the world of cycling, Jacquie founded the Women’s Mountain Bike & Tea Society (WOMBATS) and produced the sport’s first off-road skills camps.
After gaining his cycling legs as a bike messenger,Nelson Vails earned a place on the 1984 US Olympic track cycling team and went on to the silver medal in the Match Sprint. This made him the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal. He turned professional in 1988 and won eight national track titles as well as competing in Europe. Nicknamed ‘The Cheetah,’ he was the subject of a recent documentary about his career. Nelson is active today in cycling safety programs.
One of the most technically skilled mountain bikers in the world, Ryan Leech is known for his progressive views on trials technique. An experienced demonstrator of the trials discipline, he runs a Trials of Life program that visits schools around the country. He has appeared in and produced mountain biking films.