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Foes, Bonazzi, Norstad and Renner to be inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Published August 7, 2017

FAIRFAX, Calif. (BRAIN) — U.S. mountain bike innovators Brent Foes and Mark Norstad will be inducted in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame next month, along with Italian downhill racer Giovanna Bonazzi and European journalist, race promotor and manufacturer Wolfgang Renner.

The Hall's induction ceremony will take place Friday and Saturday Sept. 22-23, at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Fairfax. The weekend's events include a meet-and-greet Friday night; celebrity rides on the trails of Mt. Tamalpais on Saturday morning; and Saturday night's induction ceremony.

The Hall provided these brief biographic details of the inductees:

  • Brent Foes. "A master fabricator, Brent "Made in the USA" Foes is the father of long-travel-suspension mountain bikes that have passed the test of time. It is not uncommon to see ten-year-old Foes bikes still being used by happy owners. His ability to push the envelope has led to better mountain bikes for everyone."
  • Giovanna Bonazzi. "This Italian downhill racer's international presence helped join European and American mountain bike competition into a unified sport. Her success and panache captured the imaginations of other women and inspired them to get into downhill racing as international professionals."
  • Mark Norstad. "An unsung hero of mountain bike innovation, Mark, founder of Paragon Machine Works, has the proven ability to work with mountain bike innovators, understand and refine their ideas, and turn their designs into solid, reliable bicycle parts."
  • Wolfgang Renner. "A true renaissance man, Wolfgang has left his mark on mountain biking as a manufacturer, journalist, race organizer, traveler and 3-D photographer. In a nutshell, he is mountain biking's first advocate and promoter in Europe."

Tickets on sale now for the Induction Weekend events, including the 2017 induction ceremony. Early bird pricing is in effect until Sept. 1.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite. More information at

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