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The Mill Valley Historical Society presents
One of the founding fathers of mountain biking and author of just released.
Come hear Charlie speak about the
history of mountain biking in Marin.
Mill Valley Public Library
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Charlie Kelly, co-founder of the MountainBikes company and organizer of the Repack races, recounts the complete and often unbelievable history of the rise of mountain biking and its lasting culture in his new book. “Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking.”
Charlie is a Mill Valley native and an alumni of Park, Edna Maguire, and Tam High. He’s written for VeloNews and Bicycling, and is currently the U.S. mountain bike correspondent for Rouleur and Privateer magazines. He and Gary Fisher founded MountainBikes, selling Tom Ritchey’s first mountain bike frames as complete bikes. Charlie was also the founder and reigning official of the Repack mountain bike races in Marin, California. He was founder, editor and publisher of Fat Tire Flyer, the first mountain bike magazine. He is the supreme archivist of the origin of the sport of mountain biking.
“Fat TIre Flyer” is the perfect holiday present. Charlie will sign books following his talk.
There is no charge, but non-MVHS members are encouraged to join. Memberships will be available at the door.
Steve Potts – May 7, 2014
Mill Valley Historical Society
May’s First Wednesday event was a great success. Mountain biking pioneer and Mill Valley native Steve Potts delivered a very thoughtful and engaging presentation to a full house.
In addition to talking about the development of mountain biking he covered much more. Using entertaining stories he talked about growing up in Mill Valley, his travels and discovering his passion for creating and building things – in particular bicycles. That passion steeled him to build a business over the last 40 years that he obviously loves.
Throughout the discussion he offered many life lessons about work, raising a family and giving back to the community. And perhaps most importantly he reminded us of how lucky we are to live where we do.