ERICK M. OLAND
Erick Oland enjoyed a fifteen year competitive career in cycling and his achievements were impressive. Three times he won a Canadian Championship. In 1947 and 1949 he was the best one mile racer in Canada and in 1950 won the Canadian 100 kilometre championship. That year he was also named to the British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) team which competed in Auckland, New Zealand where he finished sixth in the 10 mile event. It was also in 1950 that he set the Canadian 100 kilometre record at two hours nine minutes and the Manitoba five mile record at nine minutes 20 seconds. He won the Prairie Provincial overall championship twice (in 1940 as a junior and 1943 as a senior) and was the overall Manitoba juvenile and junior champion from 1936 to 1940. He won the Manitoba overall senior championship 3 consecutive years from 1941 to 1943 and again in 1950 and 1951. From 1947 to 1949 he finished second overall. His dominance of the provincial cycling scene was impressive in terms of both quality and longevity.
After retiring at the age of 27, Oland moved into the building category, serving as President of the Manitoba Cycling Association from 1968 to 1970 and as Director of the Canadian Cycling Association from 1979 to 1981. Erick Sr. coached his son Erick Jr. to begin an outstanding cycling career in his own right. His son was a Canadian Junior overall track champion and third in the road race. He also spent time on the national track pursuit team until 1981.
Oland once said, “I would have to say my greatest memory in cycling is ...being inducted into this Hall of Fame.”
b. March 18, 1924