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Title Oral History of Wende Cragg
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, Wende Cragg recounts her life in Marin County and expresses her intense passion for mountain biking. Born in Berkeley in 1948, Wende grew up amongst seven siblings in Berkeley and Oakland. In the late 1960s at Merritt College she met her ex-husband Larry Cragg, with whom she soon moved to Mill Valley. Wende recalls hanging out at Mill Valley’s Prune Music when it was a crossroads for Bay Area musicians. She also recalls her presence at the birth of mountain biking in the early 1970s and her participation (as the first woman and, for a time, the only one among a male-dominated cohort) in the development of the sport. Wende describes her first ride out to Tamarancho, recalling how she was initially terrified, but soon became hooked on the sport, discovering its spiritual dimension and considerable therapeutic value as well. She recounts competing in the Repack races (for which she holds the women’s record) and later capturing some of the most iconic images from the early years of the sport as a photographer. Wende describes her passion for mountain biking as all consuming, and discusses the initial difficulty she found in balancing this with her work as a textile artist. This oral history concludes with an expression from Wende of the immense joy (and pride) she feels when she sees young people — and especially young girls — who are passionate about mountain biking.
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Dates of Creation 2015-10-14
Narrator's name Cragg, Wende
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 22pp
Recording: 01:14:31
Search Terms Bicycling
Breeze, Joe
Caramagno, Denise
Cipollina, John
Cragg, Larry
Cunningham, Charlie
Fisher, Bill
Fisher, Deb
Fisher, Dennis
Fisher, Donna
Fisher, Gary
Fisher, Judy
Fisher, Milly
Fisher, Terry
Fisher, Yan
Grateful Dead
Guy, Otis
Hagar, Sammy
Hicks, Dan
Kelly, Charlie
Mountain biking
Mt. Tamalpais
Phelan, Jacquie
Santana, Carlos
Steele, Bill
Steele, Lindy
Weir, Bob
Wolf, Emma
Wolf, Fred
Object ID 2016.060.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.