Jeff Bradley used to wait at the edge of the driveway as his dad, Mel, and older sister, Debie, rode off on their bikes on a training ride.

Marlene Bradley, Jeff's mother, remembers it all very well.

Jeff, only 8 years old at the time, wanted so badly to join them.

In about a year or so, he was soon riding with them on long training rides in a sport that 18 years later - in 1987 - would see him ride in the sport's premier event, the Tour de France. Three years earlier, he was an alternate for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics for the four-man team time trials event.

Bradley, the premier cyclist in the history of the Quad-Cities, will be enshrined May 3 in the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the 36th annual Quad-City Times Salute to Sports at Bettenforf High School Performing Arts Center.
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