Singletrack Issue 121: Crested Butte 40 Years On

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Charlie Kelly and Joe Breeze retrace one of the most important rides in mountain bike history, 1978’s Pearl Pass tour. Words & Photography Charlie Kelly Tommy and joe Breeze. And a thirties Schwinn Excelsior In 1978, a small group of early ‘mountain bikers’ rode over the 12,000ft Pearl Pass in Colorado. That event, and those riders, went on to permanently affect our nascent sport. Now, 40 years later, mountain bike pioneers Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze and a handful of friends went up to re-enact it. In 1978 I joined my Marin County friends Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Mike Castelli and...

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