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Tour of Somerville Cycling Legend Joe Saling To Be Inducted into US Bicycling Hall of Fame

Joe Saling interviews his grandson, Noah Granigan, the winner of the 2017 Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour in Somerville. Credits: Courtesy Ron Czajkowski
The "voice" of the Tour of Somerville, Joe Saling, at left, with broadcast partner Ron Czajkowski . Credits: Rod Hirsch

DAVIS, CA – The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will induct four legends of American cycling in ceremonies Nov. 11, including Joe Saling, the "voice" of the Tour of Somerville, a historic 50-mile race in New Jersey know worldwide as "The Kentucky Derby of Competitive Cycling" and America’s oldest continuously-run bicycle race,

In addition to Saling, a longtime competitive cyclist and coach, the other honorees represent several disciplines within the sport of cycling, including Roy Knickman (Modern Road and Track Competitor), Lawrence Malone (Off-Road Competitor) and Tim Mountford (Veteran Road and Track Competitor).

Saling will be recognized as a Contributor to the Sport during the ceremonies next month. The four 2017 inductees will join 150 other members of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, originally established in Somerville, NJ before it relocated to California..

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Over the past half-century, few have had the impact on all levels of competitive cycling, regionally or nationally, as Saling. He has been involved in every level of the sport: state champion, national champion, world cup champion, race promoter, coach, consultant, media spokesperson, race announcer, historian, bicycle shop owner, equipment sales executive, cycling safety advocate, and long-standing "glue" that has held together one of the nation's legendary clubs, the Somerset Wheelmen in New Jersey.

Perhaps most noteworthy is Saling's legacy as someone who introduced and inspired many hundreds of young people to experience the thrill of racing or the joy of simply riding a bicycle. He has been, and remains, a teacher, a mentor, and an inspiration to many.

He served as U.S. Team Coach and Manager at the Summer Games in New Zealand in 1981 and in Trinidad in 1983. He also has served as a board member to the forerunner of the USA Cycling organization and for the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame during its years in Somerville. He was heavily involved with 7-Eleven Bicycling magazine Grand Prix, the FUJI-Sundance Track Cycling Series, and the Gant Challenge.

His s passion for grassroots cycling motivated him to form the first 4-H Bike Club in the country. to organize bicycle rodeos, and to create bike safety programs for elementary schools.

Saling has been a fixture behind the microphone at the historic Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour of Someville, which celebrated its 75th anniversary Memorial Day weekend; the event draws thousands of spectators to the streets of Somerville, as well as world-class cyclists from the around the world. Saling keeps the crowd updated lap-by-lap during the course of the day, which features several preliminary races before the Tour of Somerville."

Saling and his wife Dottie, also a world-class cyclist, live in Bridgewater.

Their grandson, Noah Granigan, won the 2017 Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour; Saling was behind the microphone the entire race, including the last lap when Granigan sprinted across the finish line on Main Street Somerville ahead of the other racers. 

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