US Bicycling Hall of Fame ceremony November 7

Connie Carpenter Phinney is keynote speaker

Former Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter Phinney -- mother of current teen-age track sensation Taylor Phinney -- will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony on November 7 in Davis, California, recently named as the permanent home for the Hall of Fame.

The event will honour four U.S. cyclists and sports contributors, including Phyllis Harmon, Clayton John, Richard Cortright and Carpenter Phinney's 1984 U.S. Olympic team-mate, Nelson Vails.

The public is invited to attend the induction ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, November 7, in Freeborn Hall on the campus of the University of California, Davis. The event will include a reception and dinner, Carpenter Phinney's keynote address, induction presentations and videos, and the opportunity to meet the honorees. Tickets are US$120 each or US$800 for a table of eight.

Registration is available at

The event, the second to be held in Davis, is being hosted by the city of Davis, UC Davis, and the California Bicycle Museum. A silent auction to raise money for the Hall of Fame will also be held as part of the evening’s activities.

Carpenter Phinney (C) lines up with 1984 Olympic team-mate Rebecca Twigg in Los Angeles, CA

Carpenter Phinney, a 1990 Hall of Fame inductee, won 12 U.S. cycling championships, more than any man or woman in history. She also won four medals at the cycling world championships in both the pursuit and road race. Her finest moment came in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics  road race, the first ever Olympic road race for women. She outlasted America's Rebecca Twigg to narrowly win the gold medal in that race. 

More information on the class of 2009 can be found at

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