LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—A fundraiser is being held in conjunction with tomorrow's CCCX Downhill Race Series in honor of Mark Reynolds who died on April 19.
Reynolds' crashed while competing in the Downhill race during the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. Reynolds, who was just 48 years old, was the owner of Wicked Racin and innovator of the Dualrailluer Guide that's currently being patented as the first dual chain ring guide.
Reynolds was an avid mountain biker who raced competitively, but he also enjoyed the action sports scene including snowboarding, wake boarding and even piloting airplanes. He was also a friend to many as well as a mentor to those looking to improve their skills.
After hearing the news on that Saturday, members of the Evomo Mountain Bike Team stepped forward to contact fellow industry companies to organize a memorial fundraiser in Mark's name.
"I feel it's the right thing to do and I really feel for the family who had to hear such terrible news," said Tom Judy, Evomo downhill team member.
Everyone on the Evomo team instantly said they would be happy to make a collective team donation to help. Within a few days, Fox Racing Shox was ready to ship out some product donations and Keith DeFiebre, CCCX race organizer, offered his event location as a place to hold the fundraiser.
"It was pretty awesome to get such instant support," Judy said.
Reynolds' family hopes to contribute to a freeride or jump park that will be named after him so people of all levels can enjoy the sport of mountain biking and can feel encouraged and supported, just as Reynolds made everyone us feel.
Fox Racing Shox, Evomo, X-Fusion, Pactimo, Stan's No Tubes, Cool Cycling Club, Calabazas Cyclery, Trailhead Cyclery and Auburn Bike Works have already stepped up to donate cash or product for the fundraising raffle that will be held at the CCCX DH Race Series finale on Sunday, June 22. Memorial T-shirts and raffle tickets will be for sale at this weekend's event in which all proceeds will go to the fund in honor of Reynolds.
"By having a huge raffle at our series finale in June we are able to maximize the cash we can raise by selling tickets at the next five races," DeFiebre said.
This weekend's event will be held at Toro Park in Northern California, located between Salinas and Monterey off Highway 68 just minutes from Laguna Seca Raceway. Registration for racing opens at 8 a.m.
Donation information can be found at www.wickedracin.com (click on link), where you can make a cash donation in his Reynolds' name via PayPal.
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