Honor the past, ignite the future - the Wisconsin Bicycling Hall of Fame. Here we honor those who have made significant contributions to bicycling in our state, document their accomplishments for posterity, and inspire future generations to build on the work of those who came before them.
The annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on March 23rd, 2018 in downtown Milwaukee. Please check back for updates.
When Otto Wenz passed in 2016, we published a memorial story on our blog and in our magazine detailing all he had done for cycling, but it just didn’t feel like we did enough. It felt like we should have a more permanent way of recognizing Otto for everything he did to make Wisconsin bike racing world class. When Chris Kegel was diagnosed with stage-four cancer later that same year, we started discussing a hall of fame or museum as a way to formally honor Chris, Otto and the many other bicycling luminaries whose selfless and tireless efforts have helped make Wisconsin cycling so special.
Thus was born the Wisconsin Bicycling Hall of Fame, a new program managed by the Bike Fed. For now, the Hall of Fame is housed in the Pedal Milwaukee building, home to the Bike Fed’s office and community bike shop, Velobahn Coffee, and Team Sports, Inc. The location includes a small Wisconsin Bicycling Hall of Fame museum, with plaques and memorabilia for each inductee and historically significant vintage bicycles on display. The inductees will also be recognized on the Hall of Fame website at wisconsinbicyclinghall.com.
Each year, inductees will be chosen for their leadership in one of three categories: advocacy, industry or sport, and for their significant contributions to competitive, recreational or utilitarian cycling. The Bike Fed will host an annual Hall of Fame Gala each spring for the new inductees and to help raise funds to support the Hall of Fame program and Wisconsin cycling. Each inductee will be recognized with a photo relief plaque that will be on display in the museum, along with some photographs and memorabilia.
The mission of the Wisconsin Bicycling Hall of Fame is to honor those who have made significant contributions to bicycling in our state, document their accomplishments for posterity, and inspire future generations to build on the work of those who came before them.
Our first Wisconsin Bicycling Hall of Fame Gala was Friday, May 5th. Our inaugural inductees were Otto Wenz (Sport), Chris Kegel (Industry) and Phil Van Valkenberg (Advocacy).
Later this winter in 2017, we will have a grand opening for the physical location of the Hall of Fame and museum in the Velobahn Coffee Shop in the Pedal Milwaukee building, just off the Hank Aaron State Trail in the Silver City neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near south side.