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In Athens a new event was added this year to the Olympics, mountain bicycle racing. The current craze in mountain racing had its origins in Marin County in the mid-1970's when riders fascinated with taking their bicycles up and down the steep slopes of Mount Tamalpais began tinkering with their bikes to absorb the punishment of off road racing. For those interested in a history of the sport and Marin County's place in it, you may check the link below.

Brief History of the Mountain Bike

I found this bicycle leaning against the wall of the local coffee roastery. Cyclists seem especially fond of coffee laced with sugar and cream. I mentioned to someone on the street of my interest in documenting the history of mountain biking in Marin and he directed me to a real estate office across the street where a salesperson very familiar with the mountain and bike riding works. When I inquired about the man, I was told he was gone for the day...riding his bicycle on the mountain. It was early afternoon.

Notice the baloon tires and the straight handle bars, as well as the shock absorbing front fork. This bicycle is designed for rough going and this sport not for the faint of heart... ;-)

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Additional Photos by Curtis Grindahl (cgrindahl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 963 W: 400 N: 2031] (6113)
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