Neither of the British-based fathers of mountain biking are in the Hall of Fame yet. They should be nominated.
Geoff Apps was tinkering with very English, deer-stalker type ‘cross country cycles’ before the Marin County pioneers did their grease repacking in the 1980s. However, his Range Rider bicycles never really caught on. What American Richard Ballantine brought into the country did: he imported the very first MTB to Britain.
No doubt there are many other potential ‘names’ out there.
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum of Crested Butte, Colorado, is seeking nominations for the 2003 induction ballot. Nominees can be individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the sport of mountain biking.
Nominations must be a minimum of 250 words. Include in the narrative, why you think this individual or group belongs in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. List specific examples of their contributions. Say where and during what time frame they were active. What is their
current involvement in mountain biking? Include the nominee’s current address (snail, e-mail or both) and phone number so the musuem can obtain complete biographical information about the candidate.
The six nomination categories are: Advocacy, Industry, Journalism, Pioneers, Promotion, and Racing History. The Hall of Fame asks that a nominee have a history of 10 plus years as an active mountain biker.
Advocacy: Hard working individuals who have fought for land access, mountain bike friendly trail policies and responsible rider ethics. [BikeBiz Nomination: Dafydd Davies]
Industry: Advancement and development of the mountain bike through technology. [BikeBiz Nomination: Jon Whyte, Alan Weatherill]
Journalism: Individuals who contributed to the exposure of mountain biking to the public through the media. [BikeBiz Nominations: Richard Ballantine, Tym Manley]
Pioneers: People involved from the grass roots inception of the sport. [BikeBiz Nominations: Geoff Apps]
Promotion: Promoters are individuals who encouraged mass involvement in mountain biking via events, races and organizations. [BikeBiz Nomination: Patrick Adams]
Racing History: Competitors who consistently, year after year, dominated the podium and left an impression in the public eye. [BikeBiz Nomination: Jason McRoy, Steve Peat]
Deadline for nominations is April 15th 2003.
There are currently 83 individuals – and three groups – in the Hall of Fame.
CHARTER YEAR 1988
Craig and Gary Cook
Chuck Bodfish Elliot
Ignaz & Frank Schwinn
The Cupertino Riders
Mountain Bike Club Discovery
Velo Cross Club Parisien, VCCP
Elaine and Maurice Tierney