Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Set To Open in Marin

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The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, which has been located in Crested Butte, Colorado, is moving to a new location in Fairfax, California and will open later this spring. The new museum will occupy half of a planned Marin Museum of Bicycling. And why is a relatively small county across the bridge from San Francisco getting its own cycling museum and the Hall of Fame? Because mountain biking was invented in Marin, of course!

Hall of Fame members and mountain bike pioneers like Joe Breeze, Otis Guy, and Marc Vendettiare are spearheading the museum effort. The museum will display artifacts, bicycles, and historical exhibits, as well as host events. It’s currently under construction on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in downtown Fairfax, near where many cyclists start their rides on weekends.

RootsRated talked to longtime Colorado museum curators Kay and Don Cook, who are happy to hand the reins to such capable mountain bike pioneers, but also sad to see the museum leave their small town to come to ours.

A photograph of a display at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Crested Butte, CO
A photograph of a display at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Crested Butte, Colo., illustrates the cramped conditions. The museum is moving to Fairfax.

When did the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame get started?
It was started in 1988. A very small group of folks saw that the history of this American-born sport was soon to get lost, as the momentum of the sport was going crazy. We took the museum over in 1998. Don has been involved since its inception and assisted Carol Bauer through her time as curator.

Joe Breeze, Marc Vendetti and Otis Guy outside the future home of the Marin Museum of Bicycling and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
Joe Breeze, Marc Vendetti and Otis Guy outside the future home of the Marin Museum of Bicycling and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

The artifacts are collected through donations and timely purchases. Because Don has been at the forefront of the sport since the beginning, his knowledge has been key to the museum’s collection. Both of us are and always have been volunteers for the MBHOF, spending five to six hundred hours a year to keep the history of the sport alive and accessible to the world.

Why did you decide to have it move to Fairfax?
The MBHOF was approached in 2006 about the move and it wasn’t the right time. This time around the Fairfax group had everything in place to make the offer and it turns out to be an incredible opportunity for the Hall of Fame to achieve a step up to the next level. There is no comparison in the exposure the Hall of Fame will gain with the move from Crested Butte to Fairfax. So many more visitors will be able to go to the physical museum and see and read the history.

What exhibits will be featured at the new museum?
Since we are not in charge of the new exhibits, I can’t answer. However, there is plenty of room to display what we had in our small space, as well as quite a bit more that we did not have room for. There is a lot of pieces to display and the exciting part will be for you to go see it and report about it all when the museum is officially open.

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