Lindsay Gauld has been a big player on the local, national, and international scenes for the last four decades in three very demanding individual sports - cycling, cross-country skiing, and speed skating. Born in Brandon, he flashed his brilliance in the early 60's, striding to victory in the 1961 Canadian Speed Skating Association Juvenile and 1964 Intermediate Championships.
However, it was not until Gauld jumped onto the seat of a bicycle that he really took off. He started to pedal in cycling competitions in 1966. Soon he was pedalling for Team Canada's cycling squad at the '72 Olympic Games. He raced in the veterans' class and finished second in the 1983 National Road Racing Championships. Nine years later he won the veterans' Canada Cup and overall Cup series.
The next year, when mountain bikes appeared on the scene, Gauld was cruising around the countryside with ease on the multi-geared, wide-tired bikes with shock absorbers on the forks. He won the Canadian Masters Mountain Bike title in 1993 and 1994. Gauld's name is synonymous with cycling here, and his Winnipeg business Olympia Cycle & Ski is where this province's top-flight skiers and cyclists can be seen, either being outfitted or discussing strategies. Gauld has sponsored many young aspiring athletes and has donated time and prizes to sport.
As an athlete Gauld found it easy to wing his feet out of the pedal stirrups and into a ski boot with harness. He was Provincial Cross-Country Master Champion in 1994, but his pride and joy for the last 10 years was finishing in the top 80 out of a field of more than 8,000 in the American Birkebeiner. Lindsay Gauld, an athletic marvel, was also five-time Master Cross-Country Ski Champion at the Mora Loppet in the United States.