Jonathan Vaughters to lead out NorCal CycleFest and a new season of High School Cycling


BERKELEY, Calif.–Three days of festivities mark the imminent 2009 NorCal CycleFest, regarded by many as the Bay Area’s cycling social event of the season, November 6-8 in Mill Valley. The event is a benefit for the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League.

Matt Fritzinger, founder of the NorCal League, said “The NorCal CycleFest is the main annual fundraiser for the League. This year attendees will enjoy the vintage poster show, our line-up of speakers and the silent auction which provides a great win-win opportunity to support the League. This is a key developmental year for high school cycling, and we are really counting on the continued support of Bay Area cyclists.”

The event begins on Friday, November 6th, with a cocktail reception from 6-10 p.m. presented by McGuire Real Estate, where Jonathan Vaughters, founder of the Garmin-Slipstream Professional cycling team, will chat and mingle with attendees.

Saturday evening, November 7th, starting at 6 p.m., is the main event: a gala dinner featuring a silent auction and vintage poster show, at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. The stars of the silent auction are two ultra-desirable offerings from Specialized Bicycle Components and a luxury guided mountain bike trip from Western Spirits.

Of the bicycles, one is a Specialized Roubaix PRO SRAM road bicycle, equipped with the award winning Specialized crankset. Described as ‘the ultimate alchemy of performance and comfort,’ with an MSRP of $4400, this machine is the perfect ride for the less-than perfect Northern California country roads.

Another, a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert, is a mountain bike that, fitted with the Specialized AFR shock and Fox’s F120 RLC fork, will easily handle any course found on the NorCal League racing circuit. MSRP on this state-of-the-art offroader is $3700.

Other sought-after auction items are generously donated by CamelBak, Fox Racing Shox, Ritchey Design, Syncros, and Shimano.. Other dinner sponsors include Clif Bar, GU Energy Labs, NCNCA, Mike’s Bikes and Mountain Hardwear and Touchstone Climbing and Fitness.

Master of ceremonies for the evening is the well-known commentator and freelance cycling journalist Bruce Hildenbrand, while journalist Bob Cullinan will interview Jonathan Vaughters. With this mix of personalities, the evening is sure to be filled with wry, humorous and intellectual takes on the contemporary cycling scene.

Sunday’s ride, generously supported by the Marin Cyclists, features Garmin-Slipstream pro riders Lucas Euser and Steven Cozza, who will be ready to discuss the 2010 Tour of California route and relate tales from the peloton during an easy 50-mile spin out to Pt. Reyes, which includes California Highway Patrol escort and a fabulous rest stop with scrumptious treats.

The CycleFest schedule is as follows:
Friday November 6th: Cocktail reception with Jonathan Vaughters in Mill Valley
Saturday, November 7th: Benefit dinner, silent auction and vintage poster show, hosted by Jonathan Vaughters at the Mill Valley Community Center
Sunday, November 8th: Scenic road ride in Marin countryside with Jonathan Vaughters, Lucas Euser and Steven Cozza.

Proceeds from the ticket sales support the Northern California High School Mountain Bike League, so be sure to purchase one for your friend/spouse/partner too! Admission is $150.00 (Regular), and $195.00 for Patron tickets tickets, which include a pre-dinner cocktail hour with Jonathan, preferred seating and special gifts. All tickets are available online at

What: The Bay Area’s two-wheeled social event of the year, the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League CycleFest includes cycling celebrities, vintage poster art, and silent auction.
Where: Marin County, California
When: November 6th, Cocktail Party; November 7th, Gala Dinner; November 8th, bicycle ride with the pros.
Who: Jonathan Vaughters.
Why: Benefit for the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League.

About the NorCal League
The NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League, founded in 2000, is a non-profit organization open to students from both public and private schools. The League exists by virtue of a range of fundraising activities as well as generous donors and sponsors including the founding sponsor of the SoCal League, Easton Sports Development Foundation II (ESDFII); the founding national sponsor, Specialized Bicycle Components, Clif Bar, Inc., Shimano, Fox Racing Shox, Gary Fisher Bikes, Ritchey Bicycle Components, Creation Engine, Mike’s Bikes, Paradigm Cycles, The Pedaler, HappyGoFun, Mountain Hardwear, WTB, and Touchstone Climbing Gyms. The League provides coaching and camaraderie to help students achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals in a safe and enjoyable manner. Each season includes a fall Leader’s Summit for coaches, winter riding camps, the five-race series, and a variety of summer camps. For more information on the League visit www. or call (510) 524-5464.

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source: Tyler Dibble

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