The Birth of Dirt
Origins of Mountain Biking
Publication Date: August 2008
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Much expanded and updated new edition of the book that started out by trying to answer the question, who invented the mountain bike. Well, it turns out the mountain bike has many fathers and mothers, and this edition of the book credits them all. Illustrated with numerous period color photographs, this book is truly a celebration of the early days of the sport.
About the Author
Charles Kelly, formerly a reporter for The Arizona Republic, was co-winner of the Arizona Journalist of the Year Award in 1992. During his career as a journalist, he investigated the 1976 contract murder of Republic reporter Don Bolles, located several missing heirs, and helped a wrongly convicted American tugboat captain get out of a Mexican prison. He is the author of the novel Pay Here, issued in 2007 by Point Blank Press, the story "The Eighth Deadly Sin," published in the collection Phoenix Noir, issued in 2009 by Akashic Books, and the self-help book Finnegan's Way: The Secret Power of Doing Things Badly. His biography of an amnesiac hard-boiled novelist, Gunshots in Another Room: The Forgotten Life of Dan J. Marlowe, was published in 2012. Kelly lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.