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Doug Shapiro

Inducted March 28, 1999

Sport: Cycling


Local cyclist, Doug Shapiro, is one of the top cyclists ever produced in the United States. Doug’s list of cycling accomplishments is quite impressive: NY State Champion (1980), member of the 1980 US Olympic Team (these games were boycotted bt the US); 2nd place finish in the Coors International Bicycle Classic (the top bicycle race in the US at the time); 3rd place finish in the Coors Classic in 1983. He won the country's most prestigious race in 1984. Doug "The Bullet" Shapiro was one of the most premier cyclists in the country. Doug was a true team player and always played a key role in helping his team whenever possible. The reason he is so well liked is because of his tremendous attitude. In 1980 Doug was presented Suffolk County's Medal of Honor. This medal was presented only six times in the last twenty years and among the recipients was master builder Robert Moses.

In 1987, Doug broke his hip twice with a metal pin holding his hip in place.  He was told to retire, but with a protected hip pad, Doug decided to race the 1988 National Capitol Open in Washington D.C.  Later that same year, he raced in the nationally televised Las Vegas Sports Festival Criterium and won both races.  The thing that impressed most who followed his career was his tremendous psychological stability and consistency.

In 1985 Doug became the third American to ever compete and finish The Tour de France, the most prestigious bicycle race in the world. From 1985-89, Doug competed in Europe and America on some of the most prestigious professional cycling teams - at different times his teammates included Greg Lemond and Eric Heiden.

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