COLORADO SPRINGS — It’s a decades-old debate: Did mountain biking begin in Colorado’s Crested Butte or the California hills of Marin County?
The West Coast pioneers might be able to toot their own horns a little more these days.
After 25 years in Crested Butte, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum will be relocated this fall to Fairfax, Calif.
Museum co-director Don Cook, who was among those in Crested Butte riding terrain never thought possible on their “klunkers” in the late 1970s, said it was riders in the San Francisco Bay Area who built the predecessors of the modern mountain bike.
“The mountain bike, was it invented in Fairfax? Yeah,” he said. “Was the ‘klunker’ simultaneously being used for recreation and transportation here? Yeah.
“But the sport of mountain biking took hold in Fairfax, and the Bay Area in general, and from there grew.”
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