Leah and I visited the mountain bike hall of fame in Crested Butte, Colorado a few years back after riding the famed Trail 401 just outside of town. We weren’t quite sure we were in the right place at first, the hallowed hall of fame actually resides in a single room at the back of an old fashioned general store. I think we paid a buck or so to get into the back room and we were the only ones there on a beautiful summer afternoon. There was plenty of memoribilia from some of the early pioneers like Gary Fisher and Tom Richey and lots to learn about the origins of mountain biking.
If you’re familiar with the story about how mountain biking got its start you might be wondering why the hall of fame isn’t located in Marin County, California. Well apparently around the same time the guys started riding down Mount Tam in Marin some people in Crested Butte started tinkering with their cruisers so they could ride around town on the muddy dirt streets. Thus mountain biking grew out of both necessity and a need for an adrenaline rush.
Check out the pics we snapped in the Hall, notice the “singletracks.com” t-shirt I’m wearing. I’m hoping to push for a more “official” inclusion in the Hall as the “best mountain biking website ever.” 😉 Who will vote with me?