From MTB Hall of Fame:
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 class of inductees. Five people will be formally inducted into the on October 1st, 2016, at the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, California. Here are the inductee-elects:
Matt Fritzinger founded the NorCal High School Cycling League in 2001 and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) in 2009. His efforts have resulted in nearly 10,000 student-athletes and 3,500 coaches participating in interscholastic mountain bike racing in 2016. The numbers are anticipated to double by 2020. Through Matt’s vision, passion and tireless work, U.S. mountain biking is experiencing the largest resurgence in its history. Mountain bike racing is now a recognized, national interscholastic sport.
Missy Giove was one of mountain-bike racing’s first mainstream female superstars. She is the all-time leader in National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) downhill wins with 14, and is fourth on the World Cup list with 11. Giove’s other accomplishments include three overall NORBA downhill crowns, two World Cup overall wins, and the 1994 world championship title. Missy won an X Games Gold in Dual Slalom in 2000.
Hank Barlow launched Mountain Bike Magazine in June 1985. It was the first full-color publication to reach wide distribution and offer off-road enthusiasts the same level of reporting that existed for road riders, covering the rapidly evolving world of bikes, components, races and places to ride, including a place hardly anyone had heard of: Moab, Utah. Environmental advocacy, inclusiveness and responsible trail use were among Hank’s recurring themes.
Roman Urbina founded Costa Rica’s “La Ruta de los Conquistadores” in 1992, establishing the multi-day-race genre — and it was a doozy. “La Ruta” is often referred to as the “The World’s Toughest Mountain Bike Race.” Multi-day mountain bike racing is now a major element in mountain biking worldwide.
Jeff Archer founded the Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology (MOMBAT) in 2005. Housed at First Flight Bicycles, his bicycle retail store in Statesville, NC, the museum includes more than 400 vintage bikes and thousands of parts, accessories, and literature pages accumulated over the better part of three decades. The collection is augmented by the MOMBAT.org website, which provides history and specifications of the bikes, plus photos and written details of other notable mountain bikes that have passed through the shop over the years. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of its type in the world.
Earlier this year, the MBHOF Nominating Committee chose eight qualifiers from numerous submitted nominations. Members of the MBHOF then elected four members from this final eight. Voting closed July 15 and the votes were tallied to determine the four inductee-elects for 2016. On July 19, 2016, MBHOF nominee Jeff Archer was killed by a motorist while crossing the street in Statesville. The Nominating Committee and Marin Museum of Bicycling board have chosen to honor Jeff’s life-contribution to mountain biking by adding him to the inductee class of 2016.
The MBHOF induction ceremonies will be held in Fairfax for the first time, starting with an evening reception at the Marin Museum of Bicycling, Friday, September 30. Saturday morning, October 1st, Mountain Bike Hall of Famers will lead rides on and around Mt Tamalpais, birthplace of the sport. The induction ceremony will take place the evening of October 1, with a dinner at the Marin Museum of Bicycling.