2016 MOUNTAIN BIKE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame yearly inductions have been held in conjunction with the Interbike bicycle trade show in Las Vegas in recent years.  That changed in 2016.  The ceremony moved to the Marin Museum of Bicycling (that also serves as home to the Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame) in Fairfax, California.  And instead of a single event, this year’s inductions included a Friday taco night meet and greet, Saturday morning guided mountain bike rides and Saturday night’s sold-out $100-a-plate induction dinner.

While the cycling industry’s support is crucial to the Hall of Fame, separating the inductions from a trade event was a great move.  While mountain biking is a business to some, it is a celebrated lifestyle to the majority of us.  And to hold the events in the shadow of Mount Tamalpais was icing on the cake.

More information on joining the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is available by clicking here and next time you are traveling to the Bay Area, you owe it to yourself to put the Hall on your things-to-do list.

Being named to the Hall of Fame in 2014 is one of the proudest moments in my life.

 

The class of 2016: Matt Fritzinger, Roman Urbina, Missy Giove, Julie Archer (wife of the late Jeff Archer) and Hank Barlow.  The Sunday event went too long (sometimes due to long-winded introductions and other times due to meandering inductees) except for Julie.  She had the audience spellbound with her story of Jeff’s life.  She could have gone on for hours as far as I am concerned.  It was the highlight of the evening.

 

The Marin Museum of Bicycling has a stunning collection of mountain bikes, all with a serious history behind the grips.

 

Wall tiles can be purchased with the money going to help fund the museum. Need to give a shout out to Dirt Rag who always steps up to support our sport.  Click here to buy a tile.
New inductee Missy Giove with members Steve Blick and Hans Rey. Friday night was the best event of the weekend because there was time to trade stories, catch up with old friends and meet a few legends.
Inductees Matt Hebberd (of Rim Tours), Susan DeMattei (Olympic medalist) and newly crowned IMBA Executive Director, Mr. Dave Wiens. There were a lot of big shots in the museum.
“You know, if you’d make La Ruta a little bit tougher, it would favor my chances of winning next year,” said Ned Overend to Roman Urbina.
Mike “Black Mountain Bikes” Varley and Steve “Gravy Wheels” Gravenites.

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