Show #263 – September 12, 2015

Special Guest: Mountain Bike Guru Charlie Kelly

Tonight we welcome one of the least well known and yet probably the most influential figure in the mountain bike world – Charlie Kelly.

Along with his pals Gary Fisher (AKA Spidey back in the day), Tom Ritchey, and still one of his closest friends Joe Breeze, Charlie was the force behind Repack – the race course that everyone rode and no one knew about (there’s a reason for that) and the one who chronicled the era – from the equipment and riders to the eventual formation of a sanctioning body.

There isn’t enough time in just one show to hear what there is to know about Charlie and his story; but, he’s beautifully made the entire era available in his new book Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking.

Sure to be one of the most popular coffee table books of the 2015 gift giving season, Fat Tire Flyer is replete with photographs, stories, flyers, and documentation.

Charlie’s wish? To have the story made into a movie… he even knows who he wants to play whom!

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

2 Replies to “Show #263 – September 12, 2015”

  1. Lovely show !

    Our beloved Charlie Cunningham crashed off his bike in early August. He broke several bones & hit his head. His head injury developed into a hemetoma requiring a brain surgery. here is his GoFundMe site .

    1. Thanks Marc. I am aware of Charlie’s situation and plan to report on it this week.

      Thanks for the kind words on the show.



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