When Bob Tedesco officially retired, the National Bicycle League was never quite the same. Bob’s love for BMX began in the Pittsburgh area in 1976, at the North Park BMX venue. Two years later, he’d play a big role in getting the South Park BMX track off the ground – a facility that still hosts the Stars & Stripes Nationals to this day. Bob was the publisher of Total BMX Magazine, which was the first “slick” BMX Magazine based in the East, and ran from 1980 to May of 1983.
During Bob’s tenure at the NBL – starting with his hiring in 1977– he jumped the league—and the sport— forward in many ways, forming the President’s Cup in 1985 and bringing BMX Racing to the masses via a TV deal with ESPN. Bob’s contributions to BMX were not only stateside, however. His work with the IBMXF, as well as the predecessor to the UCI, Bob’s years of dedication, International connections and vision for the sport, helped BMX Racing finally get the nod from the International Olympic Committee in 2003 to become a medal sport in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
With four decades of BMX leadership under his belt, Bob’s long-awaited induction in to the National BMX Hall of Fame is well-deserved.