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Three Officials inducted into the USA Cycling Officials’ Hall of Fame

By: Cecilia Patten  February 18, 2021

Dean Crandall, Jim Patton, and Paula Grill presented with the prestigious award on February 6-7, during the 2020 Virtual Official’s Summit.

In order to recognize the hard work and dedication of our community of officials, USA Cycling created the Officials’ Hall of Fame program. The USA Cycling Officials’ Hall of Fame exists to honor and recognize those officials who embody the spirit of officiating. Moreover, the honorees have made extraordinary contributions to the sport of cycling and its officiating community. Not only have they committed their lives through outstanding and dedicated service, but they also delivered those services at a consistently high level of talent and expertise, and demonstrated those qualities at local, national, and international events.

The 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees will join 7 other Hall of Fame recipients from years past. Unlike the traditional ceremony held at the USA Cycling (USAC) headquarters, this year’s awards were presented during the 2020 Virtual Official’s Summit on February 6-7, 2021.

USA Cycling Hall of Fame Class of 2021

PAULA GRILL

Leader, mentor, team player, Paula was renowned as one of the leading judges in the early days of Pro road and track racing. She innovated manual time trial and stage race results tabulations that rivaled computer systems, created the race secretary position for track events, and trained generations of new and experienced officials alike. Her achievements led to her becoming one of the first female UCI International Commissaires.

DEAN CRANDALL

While Dean was a national-level cycling official, MTB officiating became his passion and he helped nurture and grow the sport and teach and mentor its officials. Through his involvement in the development of Mountain Biking, including the first World Championship in Durango, Dean can be considered the father of Mountain Bike Officiating in the United States.

JIM PATTON

A longtime fixture at races in the mid-Atlantic region as well as nationally, Jim helped mentor multiple generations of officials using the training that he developed as well as his on-site guidance at races. One of the most respected motor officials in the country, Jim also contributed to the sport as racer, coach, mechanic, promoter, team director and as a member of USA Cycling’s Board of Directors.

Learn more about the program and celebrate past recipients: https://usacycling.org/officia...