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.

2017 – The Inaugural Year

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. Currently, 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 our Wisconsin Bicycling Hall of Fame museum displaying plaques and memorabilia for each inductee and historically significant vintage bicycles.

2017 inductees were Otto Wenz (Sport), Chris Kegel (Industry) and Phil Van Valkenberg (Advocacy)

For each new class of inductees,  honorees 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 Hall of Fame Gala for to introduce 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.

The turnout for the inaugural Hall of Fame Gala was great, as more than 275 packed the Italian Community Center.

 

Otto Wenz’s Berry track bike was a highlight and is on display at the Hall of Fame’s physical home at Cafe Velobahn in the same building as our Milwaukee office.

In 2018, the Bike Fed will host a grand opening for the Hall of Fame 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.