MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) — In recognition of his contributions to his native state, the governor of Wisconsin is proclaiming Sunday, Sept. 25, as Chris Kegel Day throughout the state.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Mayor Dan Devine of Kegel’s hometown of West Allis, Wisconsin, have also named Sunday as “Chris Kegel Day” in their respective cities.
A Milwaukee-area icon and fixture of the local and national bicycle advocacy movement, Kegel, owner of Wheel & Sprocket, has spent more than 40 years in the cycling industry promoting numerous bicycle-charity events and bicycle infrastructure projects throughout the country. Kegel was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
Known for his big personality, curly hair and black-rimmed glasses, Kegel has served the Milwaukee community since the early 1970s when he became the fourth employee of a fledgling bike shop in Hales Corners that, under his direction, would become one of the biggest bicycle retailers in the U.S.
During that time, Kegel would go on to help found People for Bikes, serve as president of the League of American Cyclists, chairman of the National Bicycle Dealer Association (NBDA), as well as sit on numerous boards including the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), and the …read more