This weekend marked the 17th annual Meet the Pioneers of Mountain biking fundraiser for the Trips for Kids non-profit organization. If you aren’t familiar with Trips for Kids, it is an organization founded by Marilyn Price in 1988 to help at-risk kids learn about environmental awareness, build confidence and a sense of achievement all through riding mountain bikes.
This year was extra special because it was held at the newly opened Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, CA that is now the new home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Previously the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame was located in Crested Butte, CO since it’s inception in 1988. The new location is much bigger than the Colorado location, according to one party-goer.
The event allowed the public to come and see the new museum and to meet the people who helped create and invent mountain biking. Food and beer was served and many autographs were sought. The event was a huge success as the line was out the door and the museum soon reached maximum capacity. Price gave a speech welcoming everyone, thanking the Pioneers and organizers for their support and explaining the state of the fundraising efforts including the Buy-a-Brick campaign for the Mt. Tam legacy wall located in front of the museum. The fundraising is currently at the 40% fullfilled level, so they are still in need of donations.
Pioneers and mountain bike builders and celebrities in attendance included: Charlie Kelly, John Castellano, Joe Breeze, Scot Nicol, Tom Ritchey, Jacquie Phelan, Denise Caramagno (original publisher of the Fat Tire Flyer magazine), Steve Potts, Chris Chance, Bruce Gordon, Ross Shafer, Sean Walling and many more.
Highlighted in our photo gallery are the people, the bikes and the museum itself. Scroll through the gallery at the bottom to view ALL the photos.
Charlie Kelly, Tom Ritchey and Jacquie Phelan.
TrailMaster, Gary Fisher RS 1 with Leader fork, and Jimmy Deaton’s Yeti ARC.
Hall of Fame inductees, gift shop and old time bicycles.
For more information on supporting the Marin Museum of Bicycling – Hall of Fame or to Buy a Brick for the Mt. Tam Legacy Wall: https://mmbhof.org/get-involved/special-campaigns/
About Trips for Kids
“Operating in the United States, Canada, Israel and Sierra Leone, Trips For Kids (TFK) has opened the world of cycling to over 140,500 at-risk youth since 1988 through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. The over 85 Trips For Kids chapters we support combine lessons in confidence building, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills, and the simple act of having fun.”
For more information about Trips for Kids visit: www.tripsforkids.org