You might not have heard of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. It (and the associated Museum) was founded in 1988 to chronicle the history of mountain biking. It’s located in Crested Butte, Colorado and documents the individuals and events that have significantly contributed to mountain biking history.
As of 2002, the Hall of Fame has inducted 82 individuals and 3 groups who have made major contributions to mountain biking. And this Sunday (October 6) they’ll induct six more. The induction ceremony takes place during the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. The inductees are chosen by ballot and include:
- Michael Kelley, for trail access and advocacy work including helping to create IMBA.
- Jacob Heilbron, aka Jake the Snake, the first importer of MTBs into Canada, founder of Rocky Mountain Bicycles in 1981 and co-founder (with Dan Gerhard) of Kona in 1988
- Maurice and Elaine Tierney, owner/editor/publishers of Dirt Rag magazine.
- In the Pioneer category, Brian Skinner, early race promoter, bike innovator and product developer for Shimano, Answer, Onza and others.
- Race promoter Laird Knight, owner of Granny Gear Productions and responsible for the phenomenon of 24 hour bike racing
- Mike Kloser, ex-World Cup racer and now Adventure Race champion.
Complete biographies of all this year’s inductees (and all of the previous ones…) are on the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame website.