Recently, we reached the 40th anniversary of the first timed races organized by Charlie Kelly in Marin County, CA. These are the legendary Repack races, so named because you had to repack the grease that melted away from the blistering fire road downhill.
A lot of people – myself included – would consider these races to be the birth of mountain biking as we currently know it in 2016.
There are people will argue this though, and that’s fine – but they’re wrong.
Let’s explore why.