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Eric Rupe to be Inducted to U.S. Bicycling HOF

September 18, 2018 by  

Eric Rupe to be Inducted into US Bicycling HOF

The US Bicycling Hall of Fame, based in Davis, CA, has announced their class of 2018. Four highly-accomplished members of the cycling community will be inducted at a ceremony in Davis, on November 10.

Among the inductees in 2018 is one of our own, Big Daddy, Eric Rupe, in the “Off-Road” category. Eric has, and continues to, distinguish himself in BMX Racing over a career spanning 41 years, and has influenced cycling in positive ways throughout his storied career. Here is the US Bicycling Hall Of Fame’s induction statement about Big Daddy.

Nicknamed “Big Daddy”, Rupe competed continuously at the highest level as a BMX off-road racer for over 40 years. He turned professional in 1977 when he was 14 years old and won his first pro race in 1980. In 2011 he reclassified to the Amateur Senior level in his late 40′s and competed well into his 50′s winning multiple national age group No.1 titles. In 2009 he won the USA Cycling BMX National Championship in the 45 & over Cruiser Class as an amateur.

He has won multiple BMX national championship and No. 1 titles sanctioned by the National Bicycle League (NBL), American Bicycle Association (ABA) and the United States Bicycle Association (USBA). He also competed in many World Championship events both as a Pro and as an Amateur. For years, Rupe crisscrossed the country as a racer and team manager for Mongoose and then GT Bicycles putting on BMX Clinics and training camps. In 1988 Rupe was inducted into the ABA BMX Hall of Fame.

The others in the Class of 2018 include:

Jerry Ash – Veteran Road and Track
Jennie Reed – Modern Road and Track
Richard DeGarmo – Contributor

Check out the link below to learn about all three inductees in the other categories. The article, on “Bicycle Retailer” also includes a link to purchase tickets to the November 10 event ($60 per person).

With that, let’s send up a big “CONGRATULATIONS” to our friend, Big Daddy, for achieving this high-honor in the world of cycling!

—Mike Carruth

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U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Announces Four 2018 Inductees

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