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Urban Cycling Hall of Fame Inducts First Class at Interbike 2013

The Urban Cycling Hall of Fame (UCHOF) inducted its first class of Riders, Organizers and Makers at Interbike this year, recognizing them for their contribution to urban cycling. The induction selection committee, comprised of some of the most recognized urban cyclists today, was on hand at the Double Down to award plaques to the nine who were selected from 500 nominations, and one Rider’s Choice award determined by public votes, in UCHOF’s first year.

Nelson Vails, Kevin “Squid” Bolger, Andy White (Fyxomatosis), John Watson (Prolly Is Not Probably), Christina Peck, and Austin Horse made up the selection committee tasked with narrowing down the hundreds to the few. While the list was long, the final selection is a group of standout cyclists whose contribution is immeasurable.

The nine inductees included some names notorious and others that should be: Longtime New York messenger and originator of Cranksgiving, Antonio “Tone” Rodrigues; the godfather of global messenger culture James Moore, who was riding brakeless track bikes on the street before most of today’s fixie youth were even born; Roland Burns, maker of RELoad Bags; artist and messenger Greg Ugalde; Felipe “The King of New York” Robayo (need I say more?); Tokyo messenger Hiroyuki “Sino” Shinozuka, a two-time CMWC champion; San Francisco messenger, owner of Pushbike SF, and multi-time NACCC champion Sarah Murder; Critical Mass (an award recognizing not just the organizers but every participant in the movement); and bike repair guru Sheldon Brown.   

“He’s a fucking legend,” said White, expressing a commonly felt sentiment about the legacy Sheldon Brown has left behind. The posthumous award is to be sent to Harris Cyclery in Massachusetts where Brown worked and lived.

Joining the legends, heroes and gurus who were honored for the countless hours, buckets of sweat, and unwavering dedication to making city cycling bigger, better and more accessible was one rider who stood out as the people’s choice–Los Angeles fixed gear racer and organizer Sean Martin. Martin hasn’t been on the streets quite as long as the class of inductees but his dedication to advancing urban cycling today is unquestionable.

Moore was not on hand to receive his award but Squid made sure he was duly honored even in his absence, inquiring of the crowd in attendance “Who was riding bikes in the ’80s?” With scarce if any hands raising up, it became apparent that Moore paved the way for much of what we know about urban cycling today, carrying out his runs on a bike equipped with no brakes and drop bars long before it was considered the norm.

“He didn’t care who you were, he was your friend,” said Squid, alluding to Moore’s influence both on and off the bike.

Of the nine inductees, one was honored as the Chrome Ace of the class, and that was Ugalde. Ugalde’s artwork has become an integral part of urban cycling and alleycat culture. Most notable is the artwork Ugalde has done for Monster Track, however his original illustrations have been a part of races and bike benefits far and wide, and a part of the pivotal Bodyglove campaign in the ’90s that helped propel urban cycling out of the underground and into more public view.

“For anyone who loves my artwork I really appreciate it and if inspire anybody or influenced anybody to become a messenger, I’m sorry,” Ugalde said upon accepting his award, adding, “I’m not gonna be a messenger forever, only until I die.”

The UCHOF inaugural collection was also premiered at Interbike on the show floor, and includes several of Ugalde’s illustrations, photos from White, Watson and other photographers who have documented urban cycling over the years (including Urban Velo’s own Brad Quartuccio), more than 200 spoke cards from Lucas Brunelle’s collection, and a bunch of other neat urban cycling artifacts. www.uchof.com

About Krista Carlson

A regular contributor to the print edition of Urban Velo, Krista Carlson is a cyclist obsessed with bike polo, baking, pickles, and all things bike-y. She is a native Angeleno and is madly in love with the city and everything that makes it the beautiful, crazy place that it is.

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