U.S Bicycling Hall of Fame Adopts Tougher Ethics Rules for Induction
Cyclists proven to have used PED’s are now banned
DAVIS, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2015) – In response to the use of performance enhancing drugs and breaches of ethical conduct, the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame has toughened its qualifications for Inductees. The national organization, headquartered since 2010 in Davis, CA, will ban potential Inductees who have been convicted of or have admitted to doping during bicycling competitions. Other Hall candidates with serious ethical breaches or felonies will also be considered ineligible. Any current U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame members inducted since 1987 who have breached the new guidelines will be removed as members of the Hall.
The Hall has updated its ethics policies to help foster a cleaner and more ethical environment in bicycle racing. The organization’s goal is to insure that only those who play by the rules can be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Past Olympian and current Hall of Fame Board member Inga Thomson has stated that “being in the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is an honor…not a right.”
The Board has also endorsed recent statements by Derek Bouchard-Hall, the new President of U.S.A. Cycling (the governing body for the sport in the U.S.) and his unequivocal commitment to insuring a clean sport for all participants.
The strict policy changes regarding ethical and performance enhancing drugs will take effect immediately and will be applied to the 2016 inductions. The new standards will also be enforced retroactively to the 144 inductees already elected as members of the Hall.
George Mount, USBHOF Vice President, Hall of Fame member and former Olympian emphasized “we can no longer tolerate the culture of drug use that has permeated our sport in recent years. If this organization is to be relevant, we must erect a firewall that can withstand the assault of persons with any involvement in the use of Performance enhancing substances such as Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton, and Floyd Landis among others.”
Revised U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame By-laws governing Ethical Standards:
The following will be considered as rendering any person ineligible to be placed on the ballot or, if having already been inducted, to remain a member of the Hall of Fame.
Any candidate or member who has exhibited, or anytime in the future exhibits, gross violations of ethics in sport or the law will be ineligible for membership.
Specifically, the following will make an individual eligible to be removed and ineligible to be nominated into the Hall of Fame:
1. Convictions by any sanctioning body of doping, or assistance of doping, in the sport.
2. The individual’s admission (with or without sanction of governing bodies) of doping in the sport.
3. The individual’s admission (with or without sanction of governing bodies) of assistance of doping in the sport.
4. Felony convictions.
5. Individuals with a fiduciary duty to an athlete, team or governing body, failing to report to the appropriate sanctioning body significant violations of the above four items by participants in the sport.
Candidates sanctioned for a single offense of inadvertent doping may still be considered, and if the athlete is placed on the ballot for consideration an accurate note regarding the offense and the sanctions
imposed must be included in the ballot information.
All living new inductees will be required to sign an affidavit attesting to the fact that they have never engaged in the behaviors cited above, and if found to have so engaged in the future their Hall of Fame membership will be revoked, and they will return all proofs of membership including plaques, certificates, etc.
About the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
Founded in 1985, The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing American competitive cyclists and contributors to the sport for their significant achievements. Its mission is to preserve the history of American cycling in order to educate people about the past and encourage them to participate in the future of the sport. Encouraging all levels of cycling, the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame promotes cycling development and fitness.
The Hall of Fame has been located in Davis, Calif. since 2010 and it boasts 8,000 square feet of exhibits that tell the story of American cycling history via inductee memorabilia and a collection of bicycles from the 19th and 20th centuries. For more information, visit www.usbhof.org