The Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame held its 2017 inductions on September 23rd at the Hall’s Fairfax, California, location. This is the second year the inductions have been held at the Hall of Fame since moving from the Interbike Cycling Trade Show in Las Vegas. The festivities again included a Friday taco night meet-and-greet, Saturday morning guided mountain bike rides and Saturday night’s $125-a-plate induction dinner.
What the night lacked due to a drop-off in celebrity attendees compared to last year’s event, was made up for in a more concise and focused induction ceremony where introductions and acceptance speeches were kept to reasonable and entertaining lengths. Like inductee Wolfgang Renner said, “you can read all about me in the night’s program” and then proceeded to share his enthusiasm and love of mountain biking.
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame has been criticized for cronyism and provincialism. This year’s inductees dispel such accusations. The inductees came from Europe and America and all four contributed to the sport of mountain biking in very different ways. It is proof that the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is maturing and improving with each year.
There are many ways to become an active (voting) member in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Click here for ways to become involved. Be sure to add the Hall to your things-to-do list on your next visit to Marin County.