Born in Chicago, IL. Ted started racing at the age of 14, competing in over 1000 races. American Professional Track Champion in 1959. Coached international and Olympic caliber athletes and managed World Championship and National Teams. Served on the USCF Board of Directors for 7 years during the 1960's and 1970's. USCF licensed race official for many years. He founded the South Bay Wheelmen in 1961 which produced many national caliber athletes and US National Team members. Ernst's contributions to the industry included the early promotion of reflectorized pedals, using customized components (stems, cranks, etc) to ensure proper bicycle fit and the import/export of European racing bicycles. Promoted cycling at the family/recreation level and top level racer from his bicycle shop in Manhattan Beach, CA.