Crested Butte home owners are bidding farewell to a community staple: the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum. The facility, which pays tribute to some of the first off-road bike riders in the area, is moving to California. Located at the back of the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, the facility was courted by mountain bikers in Marin County just north of San Francisco.
Don Cook, who, with his wife Kay Peterson-Cook, curated the Hall of Fame and Museum since 1997, said: “There is sadness but there is gladness. The history won’t go away from here. It just won’t be present on Elk Avenue as it has been.”
Hall of Fame riders Joe Breeze, Otis Guy and Marc Vendetti were planning the Marin Museum of Bicycling, and with more space to dedicate to the hall of fame and museum and the variety of riders who transit the Golden Gate Bridge each year, it made sense to make the move.
Cook adds: “This was an opportunity for the museum to be visited by millions more people in a town that is responsible for the sport of mountain biking. We couldn’t stay in the way. It would be selfish and self-centered to try to keep it anchored here. What is the best scenario for the history of this American-born sport? A lot of the roots and cause of mountain biking came from Fairfax.”
The Northern California region has long been a haven for bike riders, and being able to welcome the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is a true honor for a place that touts 40 million annual riders. Vendetti, who was one of the first to lobby to bring the hall of fame and museum to Northern California, said: “It seemed like a perfect fit to have the hall of fame here. Everyone here is really excited. The town council and the local chamber are really behind it. It will be a celebration of cycling, really. We hope to create a place for cycling that can help promote not just the sport but the cycling lifestyle.”
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