Jeff Rutter - Inducted 2009

A native of Orwigsurg, Pennsylvania, Jeff “The Rocket” Rutter began his racing career at the age of 16 after attending a developmental cycling clinic at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in 1977. His racing success started immediately, as Jeff won two junior national titles and represented the U.S. as a member of two junior world teams. That success followed him to the pro ranks. In 1980 and 1981, Jeff was a national champion in the team pursuit. He also won the 1983 U.S. professional Individual Pursuit Championship, the 1984 Madison Cup (with partner Ian Jackson), the 1992 PA Mountain Bike Championship and many more road and criterium races at all levels. With a 23-year racing career, including 17 seasons at VPCC (1977-1993), “The Rocket” is known for his sportsmanship, dry sense of humor and versatile racing talent. He is also regarded as the first Pennsylvania native to become a successful pro cyclists in modern times. Notably, Jeff has been an Air Products Developmental Cycling Programs coach and is and inducted member of the Schuylkill County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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