Posted by Editor on 11/9/10
The Quebec cycling federation (FQSC) inducted three new members to their Cycling Hall of Fame on November 7th. In the Athlete category Yvan Waddell was honoured, while Gaston Langlois and Pierre Hutsebaut were added in the Builders category.
Pierre Hutsebaut has been involved in Canadian cycling since 1968, when he moved to Montreal from France to teach chemistry at the high school level. Coming from a cycling family in France, he quickly became involved in the sport in his new country, and became the Quebec provincial coach, a position he held until 1980, at which point he moved to the national coach position with the Canadian Cycling Association, which he held until 1986.
After a few years in the bicycle industry (as the importer of Time equipment, among other things), Hutsebaut returned to the CCA to assume the role of national team director. His role with the CCA grew to becoming the Director General, shortly before he became the Technical Director of the 2003 Road World Championships in Hamilton.
After retiring from the CCA, he has returned to his coaching roots, working with, among others, multi-time national champion David Veilleux, Hugo Houle and Guillaume Boivin. Pierre remains involved with race organization as well, acting as the UCI representative for the Americas Continental Tour.
Hutsebaut was also named Coach of the Year for 2010 at the Gala.
Gaston Langlois is already a member of the Quebec Hall of Fame as an athlete, however, he now enters as a builder. In 1977, at the age of 45 and long after the conclusion of his cycling career, Langlois founded the ACVQ - the Association for Masters racing in Quebec.In addition to organizing the Masters national championships, Langlois helped found the Americas Cup, one of the most popular Masters events in North America. For the last ten years, Langlois has been involved in researching and writing a post-World War II, two volume history of cycling in Quebec, with special emphasis on the Quebec-Montreal classic.
Yvan Waddell received his introduction to cycling in 1974 at the age of ten, when he attended the Road Worlds in Montreal. By 1979, he was attracting attention from the national team, and was invited to a training camp as a first year Junior, with his first appearance at the world championships taking place in 1982, where he raced the time trial and the road race. By 1986, under the guidance of coach Yves Landry, Waddell was a force on the national team, and raced in Canadian colours until the end of his career in 1992.
Waddell had his strogest years in the latter half of the 1980's, with a win in the Tour du Val d'Oise, top-ten finishes in Circuit de la Sarthe and Paris Rouen. Waddell also won the second edition of Canada's major stage race - the Tour de Beauce - in 1987. Waddell represented Canada at two Olympics - 1988 and 1992.
Yvan Waddell has remained involved in the sport since his retirement, working for many years with the Tour de Beauce, and with the CCA as a national team selector and high performance advisor.
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