On Sunday October 2, 2016, Juventus member Alex Stieda was inducted into Cycling Canada's Hall of Fame.
It followed a week of events at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, including Canadian Elite/Master/Para Track Nationals and the Milton International Challenge.
Podium winners at these events (including some Juventus faces very familiar to Alex) had the pleasure of medal presentation by the Cycling Hall of Fame inductee.
The weekend included a plaque unveiling, an induction luncheon, and "A Ride with Legends".
Alex was the first North American to don the Tour de France Yellow Jersey, wearing it on day 2 of the 1986 race.
He wore 5 jerseys that year including the polka dot, as best climber; white, as best rookie; red, for intermediate points and the combination.
After relinquishing the yellow jersey, he continued to hold the polka dot jersey for an additional 5 days over the hills of northern France. Alex was also an Individual Pursuit bronze medalist in both the 1982 Commonwealth Games, and 1983 Universiade.
At Juventus, we recognized his contributions to our club by honouring him with our Volunteer of the Year award in 2015.
In his acceptance speech, Alex explained his desire to give back to the sport he loves. He spoke of the committed volunteer coaches, who had assisted him as a developing rider, providing him the opportunities to learn and excel.
Alex is currently involved as a coach with our Juventus LAMP and LAMP+ groups, and he is the namesake of our road classic in June.
There is a special connection for a young Juventus rider when he or she can be actively mentored by accomplished cyclists such as Alex Stieda and Lori-Ann Muenzer.