Rossland world champion mountain biker Cindy Devine eventually called ‘The Hall’.

Devine entered the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame on October 30 to attend an event at Chateau Bromont (Que). to celebrate a long-standing honor.

He has lived in Rossland since he won the gold medal at the first Mountain Bike Championship since 1990, the same year he won the test. A well-known physical therapist and fitness and mental health coach and advocate, Devine has been a key gear on the community wheel for the past 30 years.

So when asked how it felt to be inducted into the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame, he replied: “It feels like being out of relative anonymity in my little alpine home and shining in the spotlight again.

“Entering the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame, it is a great honor to be recognized by my country for the younger sport of mountain biking, along with all the other cycling disciplines that are part of Cycling Canada.”

Born in Venezuela, a young Devine moved to the North Shore of Vancouver, where he began his induction on pedal trails and in the background of the forest community.

Devine gained fame in mountain biking in the late 1980s, and won Gold in 1990 at the official UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in Purgatory, Cologne.

A small group of Canadian mountain bikers had a big impact in the early days of the hike, allowing future cyclists to compete.

“In 1990, when Elladee Brown and I won the UCI World Down Hill silver and gold medals, our contribution was opening the eyes of the world to the depths of the talent of Canada’s small population, and probably motivating subsequent female and male world dominators and Canadian dominators. then, ”Devin said.

After that, he won bronze medals at the 1991 and 1992 World Championships and in 1991 at the British National Downhill Cycling Final.

Five-time Canadian National Downhill Champion from 1991 to 1994, he also won the U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships in 1990, 1992, and 1993.

He retired in 1994 from the mountain bike racing circuit.

In 2000, he was honored by the United Cycling Institute with his entry into the cycling legends of the Rainbow Club of Canada, and in the same year he entered the World Mountain Bike Hall in Las Vegas, Nev.

Devine’s continued commitment to the sport inspired the next generation of Canadian mountain bikers, including Alison Sydor, Lesley Tomlinson, Andrew Shandro and Roland Green.

Canadian teammate Elladee Brown paid tribute to Devine in 2003 when she entered the International Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Fairfax (CA).

“Ask anyone in this country about Cindy Devine; everyone, and I mean everyone, will agree that she was the first mountain biker in this country to take the sport to another level.

“His reputation as a runner and ambassador has influenced so many people to experience the sport of this country … It’s part of the history of mountain biking in Canada.”

For Devin, like many of his bike trips around the world, it’s been a good ride, and he says he’d like to leave a lasting legacy that is twofold.

“One, as an avid cyclist, still today, Canadians know that the sport of cycling, at any level, can be a provider of mental and physical health for life,” he added.

“And secondly, I hope that through my exposure as a pioneer in the race, I will inspire young women and men to firmly fulfill their sporting dreams.”

Robbi Weldon and Pierre Gachon also joined as athletes, and Patrice Drouin and Chantal Lachance joined as builders.


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