MTB Hall of Fame Induction 2008

Last night we had a chance to attend the 2008 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame induction ceremony and it was truly a star studded event. Mr. Gary Fisher himself was in the house mingling with the crowd while we sipped Fat Tire brews donated by the New Belgium Brewing Co.

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This year’s inductees included Brian Lopes, four time World Champion with 25 World Cup wins. You may recognize Brian if you’ve played the Sony Playstation game ‘Downhill Domination’ – Lopes is featured as himself in the game!

Other inductees included Nat Ross, another world class athlete known for his endurance racing skilz; Steve Blick, Oakley’s VP of Sports Marketing; Bob Girwin, a leader in bringing suspension (both front and rear) to mountain bikes starting in the late 1980s; Philip Keyes, a trail advocate and NEMBA leader; and John Finley Scott, a bicycle designer who laid the groundwork for many of the features found on mountain bikes today. Scott was inducted post-humously and Mr. Billy Savage (of Klunkerz fame) was on hand to present a video tribute to Mr. Scott.

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The inductees, from left to right: Steve Blick, Nat Ross, Bob Girvin, John Finley Scott’s neice, Brian Lopes, and Philip Keyes
The induction ceremony was a great event celebrating the accomplishments of many of the sport’s most important leaders. If you’re ever in Crested Butte (and I hope you are some day!) stop by the MTB Hall of Fame and check out the history! Peep the hardware the inductees received below.
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