Menci Enters Bicycling Hall of Fame
Vincent F. Menci, an Italian American resident of Somerville, New Jersey and life-long cyclist and cycling supporter has been inducted into the United State Bicycling Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. The induction took place recently on the campus of University of California-Davis in Davis,
California, current home of the Hall of Fame.
Menci was selected in the Contributor to the Sport category and joined inductees Mike King, Off-Road Competitor; Doris Travani- Mulligan, Veteran Road and Track Competitor; and Beth Heiden, Modern Road and Track Competitor.
Vince Menci has devoted eight decades contributing to and enhancing the sport of cycling as a national events promoter, race official, district
representative, stock bike innovator, cycling fitness and safety consultant, cycling historian, and competitor.
He has dedicated thousands of hours to ensure the overall benefit and advancement of the sport of competitive cycling and cycling in general.
Menci was instrumental in the establishment of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame
in Somerville and enjoyed a lifelong dedication to the promotion of world class cycling competition in Somerville and throughout New Jersey.
Among the events that he promoted and ran, sometimes single handedly, are a three-day stage race that ran the entire length of the Garden State in 1986 and attracted cyclists from through the world, as well as Criterium Races for the US Bicycling Hall of fame, Labor Day and the 4th of July. Menci also organized the Frank “Nap” Torpey Hills of Somerset Road Race, the Somerville Main Street Sprints, the Atlantic City/Mohawk Carpet Pro-Am
Cycling Classic, the Asbury Park Cycling Classic and the Wildwood on the Boardwalk Cycling Classic.
In addition, Menci developed a National Stock Bike racing program at the request of the ABL of A and the USCF and produced a national award winning
youth cycling video, “Rabbit and Foxes on Wheels” to encourage youth involvement in cycling. He coordinated a Greg LeMond celebrity fun ride
to promote fitness and helmet and overall riding safety, and worked to help coordinate the National AT&T Four Man Cycling Challenge in 1988. Menci has also worked with the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey and the New
Jersey Hospital Association to distribute bicycle helmet safety posters to hospitals, schools and doctor’s offices. innovator, cycling fitness and safety consultant, cycling historian, and competitor.
Menci’s cycling related affiliations include the National Sanctioned Certified Official, Category 1 and 2, 1974-1984; Certified Official, Junior World
Championships, 1978; District Representative from 1974 – 1988 for the ABL of A, the USCF and USA Cycling; Founding Board Member of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame, Somerville, NJ, 1987; Museum Manager, Historian and Collections Archivist for the US Bicycling Hall of Fame during its New Jersey tenure; Hall of Fame Induction Event Coordinator, 1990-2005.
Menci is a Korean War veteran and earned a Bronze Star for his efforts.
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame recognizes competitors and contributors to the sport of cycling. Since 1987, the Hall has honored Americans who have achieved success in racing or who have enhanced the sport of cycling through their life long efforts at an annual ceremony