WELCOME TO AMERICA’S FIRST MOUNTAIN BIKE CAPITAL
With its massive trail-building effort and civic infrastructure geared specifically for the mountain bike community, there’s a good reason that the town of Bentonville, Arkansas is now claiming to be the “Mountain Bike Capital” in America. But long before that sleepy hollow knew anything about knobby tires, the snow-capped hamlet of Crested Butte, Colorado was well on its way to establishing itself as the country’s first true “Capital” of mountain biking.
In fact, with its abundance of high altitude, au naturale trails, for many, Crested Butte will always retain its OG title. Here’s a great video snapshot of the 1984 Fat Tire Bike Week that Crested Butte hosted…Skid Lids, toe clips, Hite-Rites, Gary Fisher (of course), Ned Overend, Cindy Whitehead…enjoy a glimpse of what the sport of mountain biking once was.