2017 - Bicycle Bicentennial and Year of the Bicycle

The bicycle is 200 years old in June 2017!  MCAC will be recognizing this wonderful milestone during 2017, designated the Year of the Bicycle.

► On June 10, 2017, our Streetsville Community Ride will tour Old Meadowvale Village, first settled 198-years ago (and Meadowvale Miniature Village -- see video) to experience heritage from the period.

► Fascinating BLOG (March 23, 2017) about the History of the Bicycle: "From Hobby Horse to Wine Touring, We Retrace 200 Years of Bicycle History" (Backroads)

► Learn how World Bicycle Relief is celebrating this 200th anniversary.


Jocelyn Lovell Memorial Ride: August 13, 2016

The Community Ride to the Ontario Summer Games venue at Lakeside Park took place on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  We attended the Road Cycling Competition.  ► See the OSG Ride webpage for further details including POSTER and City Press Release.

This Ride was dedicated as a Memorial Ride for Jocelyn Lovell, the Canadian cycling champion (and Mississauga resident) who died in June 2016.  A ceremony of appreciation and remembrance with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Councillors Chris Fonseca (MCAC) and Jim Tovey (Ward 1) took place at the Lovell home in Port Credit with Jocelyn's wife Neil.

MCAC citizen member Roy Buchanan made the following remarks on behalf of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee:

"We would like to thank Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca and Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, for their support in facilitating today's ride, dedicated to Jocelyn's memory, in conjunction with the cycling events at the Ontario Summer Games.

"Today, while the Olympics are taking place in Rio de Janeiro, and the Ontario Summer Games are taking place locally right here in Mississauga, it is fitting that on this bicycle ride in our series of Mississauga Community Rides, that we pay tribute to an athlete who is an icon in the history of Canadian sports: Cycling champion Jocelyn Lovell.

"Jocelyn passed away on June 3 this year at the age of 65, after a life that included dominating the world of Canadian road cycling in the 1970s and early 1980s.  He won a number of national titles, gold medals in the Commonwealth and Pan Am Games, and competed in 3 Olympic Games.

"Jocelyn's victories inspired many others to take up cycling, not only in competitive sports, but as a healthy recreational activity, as around that time many cycling clubs sprang up across the country, most of which are still active and growing such as my own Brampton Cycling Club which has many Mississauga members.

"There is no doubt that Jocelyn would have continued for many years in competitive cycling, but his career was tragically cut short in 1983 when he was struck by a truck while training.  It is a credit to his incredible will and perseverance that he survived this collision. But he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.  He met this challenge with courage, far more courage than he had already shown as a cycling champion!

"After recovering from his injuries to the extent that he could, Jocelyn became a fierce advocate for spinal cord research.  Soon after his injury, he served as head of the Mississauga Chapter of the Canadian Spinal Cord Society.

"In tribute to Jocelyn, the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee is making a contribution to Spinal Cord Research through Jocelyn's organization."

To conclude, we gave Jocelyn a hometown salute with bike bells and then the Memorial Ride to OSG began!


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