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Tire-Side Chat: The Pursuit of Raw Speed


Tire-Side Chat Series

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Presents:

George Leone

Speedbike Designer and Builder

The Pursuit of Raw Speed


George Leone isn’t an engineer; he’s a history major who loves to build and became fascinated by human powered vehicles (HPVs) in the 1970s and continues that passion today. From initial work with fiberglass in 1980 with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo HPV Team, George and collaborators progressed to advanced composites like Kevlar and carbon fiber. Hooked on their possibilities he and two UC Davis engineering students began designing a new HPV and over a couple years, built the first all-composites HPV (frame and fairing) mostly by trial and error. Since that time he has become the “composites guru” at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has helped the HPV teams and others build over 25 fully faired HPVs plus five of his own, the most recent being the speedbike “Primal 2″, which has reached a speed of 70.4 mph so far….

 Sunday Feb 10, 2-3 PM, Free for DBC and HOF members, $5 donation suggested.

For More Information Contact: 303 3rd St, Davis CA 95616 530-341-FAME (3263)


For Immediate Release
May 14, 2012

: Sports, Assignment, Feature and News Briefs Editors, Cycling Press

For Further Information Contact:
Joe Herget; Executive Director, US Bicycling Hall of Fame (540) 903-3613,
PDF version of this announcement:   2012 Inductee Announcement


DAVIS, CA – Four legendary members of the cycling world will be inducted on November 3rd, 2012 into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Launches Inaugural Legends Gran Fondo

Media Contact:
Joe Herget
jherget@usbhof.orgFor Immediate Release:
U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Launches Inaugural Legends Gran FondoInductees Greg LeMond, Ruthie Matthes, Nelson Vails and other legends
to join cycling enthusiasts on May 6, 2012

Davis, CA February 6, 2012:  The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame today announced the launch of the first ever Legends Gran Fondo, which will take place in Davis, CA on May 6, 2012.  This new event will provide a unique opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to ride alongside America’s cycling legends within a fully-supported Gran Fondo setting.   Participants will enjoy a fast and rolling 90 mile Gran Fondo or a 63 mile Medio Fondo.  Both courses will spin through Northern California’s picturesque Yolo and Solano counties.Many Hall of Fame Inductees and other cycling legends will participate in the event.  Chief among them will be two-time World Champion and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond (1996 Inductee), World Champion and Olympian Ruthie Matthes (2011 Inductee), and Olympic Silver Medalist Nelson Vails (2009 Inductee).  Other recent additions to the roster of inductees riding include Jacquie Phelan, George MountWayne StetinaJohn HowardJeanne Golay, and Stu Thomsen.  These legendary riders and others like them will ride wheel to wheel with avid cyclists in support of the only national Hall of Fame that recognizes all disciplines within the sport of cycling.“This new Gran Fondo event headlines our efforts to connect American cycling’s history with its present,” said Joe Herget, Executive Director of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.  “The bringing together of America’s greatest cycling legends and avid riders creates a fantastic atmosphere to promote the growth of cycling at both competitive and recreational levels.”

The Legends Gran Fondo will start and finish in Davis, CA, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.  Fuji Bicycles heads up the growing list of event sponsors, as Presenting Sponsor.  Supporting Sponsors include Bicycling Magazine, LeMond Fitness, Sutter Health, Primal Cycling Apparel, BazuSports and Jelly Belly Sport Beans.  This exclusive event will be limited to 1,000 lucky cyclists, who will also have the opportunity to win a newly unveiled Fuji Gran Fondo carbon road bike.

Complete details on the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Legends Gran Fondo presented by Fuji, can be found at
To download a PDF of this release, click here:  USBHOF Gran Fondo Press Release.

USBHOF presentation: Major Taylor in Australia on 6/18

Saturday June 18, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The day before Father’s Day, the US Bicycling Hall of Fame will be hosting author Jim Fitzpatrick who will be discussing his new book “Major Taylor in Australia”.  Jim, an American living in Australia, spent years researching the time period that Major Taylor raced in Australia and the conditions he experienced. The book adds further fuel to the growing appreciation of Major Taylor as a heroic sportsman. (For more information, check out his web site) For cycling enthusiasts who are interested in extraordinary cycling stories, Jim Fitzpatrick should be known for his previous books: “The Bicycle in Wartime” and “The Bicycle and the Bush.” The Hall of Fame opens its doors at 3:00 for viewing prior to the lecture. The lecture starts at 4:00.

Cycling photo exhibit, June 2nd Friday Art About

Friday, June 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Davis resident Mark Adkison has been photographing cyclists locally, nationally and internationally for many years. For the second Friday Art About, he’s bringing fresh photos from the 2011 Amgen Tour of California as well as others from previous races, including the Tour de France. Take advantage of this opportunity to talk to Mark about photography. The US Bicycling Hall of Fame will be offering free admission to this event and the entire facility will be open for viewing. Light refreshments will be provided.