2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
Barney Young joined the QCBC in 1989 at the age of 70 and provided an example to cyclists of all ages that touring on the open roads and even in the mean streets of major urban centers need not be feared.
Young's adventurous spirit and fearless attitude were best demonstrated during his years in WW II when, as the pilot of a C-109 aircraft modified to carry raw fuel and supplies from India to China, he logged 116 missions and 1700 hours! These flights over the Himalayas in support of Chinese Nationalists and the "Flying Tigers" were extremely dangerous. Nearly 50% of all crews were lost during the 10 months in 1945 of these efforts. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor.
His bicycling tours reintroduced him to the mountains as he negotiated the Cascades in Washington State on a couple of occasions. During the period of 1989 until 2006, he accumulated 50,000+ miles on the bike while recording an impressive record of touring.
Some of his most memorable tours were;
Rock Island, IL to Denver, CO
San Juan Islands with visits to Sidney and Victoria, Vancouver, BC
Anacortes, WA to Glacier National Park to Kalispell, MT to Helena and on to Yellowstone National Park finally to Jackson, WY
Two state crossings of Colorado negotiating Wolf Creek Pass, Loveland Pass, and Monarch Pass!
Three state crossings of Arizona!
Cedar City, UT to St George, UT during which he visited Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon National Park.
On one occasion after attending a National Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, he toured the high country of Santa Fe, Los Alamos and the Taos Ski Valley,
Three loops out of San Francisco; Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and, on Hwy One visiting Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pebble Beach and Big Sur ending at Hearst Castle in San Simeon.
In addition to tours in Florida and the Midwest including RAGBRAI, he once drove to Newark, NJ unloaded his bike and rode across Staten Island, boarded the Staten Island Ferry to Lower Manhattan then rode up the Avenue of Americas to Central Park to visit his son. Leaving Manhattan, he took a train at Grand Central Station for a ride to Greenwich, CT. From there he rode along the coastline to New London where he boarded a ferryboat ride to Orient Point, Long Island. Riding back to Manhattan he crossed the East River on the Queensberry Bridge. FEARLESS!!
At the time of his induction into the QCBC Hall of Fame, Barney was 95 years old and still riding, although his touring days are over. But knowing him, we can never be sure!