Unless you live in a cave, you know that Peter Sagan has won three (consecutive) UCI Road Race World Championships. You may not know that his first rainbow jersey was for Cross Country Mountain Biking (2008 UCI Junior XC World Championship). Given that his roots are in Mountain Biking, and we live in Marin, where Marin Mountain Biking began, we’ve always dreamt of hosting Peter to ride these hallowed trails. So, as you can imagine, we were stoked when Peter accepted our invitation to shred with us last November.
After meeting for breakfast, we chamoised-up for some of Fairfax’s finest singletrack in Camp Tamarancho.
During the ride, we hooked up with two of the founding fathers of the sport, Joe Breeze (right) and Otis Guy (left). These two were at the center of the magic that gave birth to mountain biking. It’s universally recognized that Joe built the first purpose-built mountain bikes when he built 10 “Breezers” in 1978. The bike he rode that day was one of those first 10… one he built for Charlie Kelly, another central figure in the early mountain bike movement, and author of Fat Tire Flyers, the preeminent book on the early days of mountain biking. Otis was riding his 1941 Schwinn “Texas Special” that day, a single-speed “klunker” indicative of the first bikes that got these guys ripping off-road.
After the ride, Otis and Joe explained the evolution from “klunkers” to purpose built mountain bikes, like Joe’s Breezer… Peter was really into it.
And then… burritos. Because…. burritos. (Carlos from Bike Monkey mid-bite on the right).
After an espresso with some local shredders, and it was a wrap.