SANTA ANA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Longtime bike journalist Roy Wallack has been commissioned to write a book about Richard Long, the co-founder of GT Bicycles.
Long died in 1996 in a motorcycle accident while driving to Big Bear, California for a NORBA National. He was 46.
The book project was driven by Richard’s wife Wanda and son Chris, and is designed to cover the era and circumstances that lead to the first meeting between Long and Gary Turner (the “GT” in GT), through the brand’s rise in BMX and mountain biking, and eventually as suppliers to the U.S. Olympic team.
Wallack is best known for his longtime work with the Los Angeles Times. He was editor of Bicycle Guide magazine in the 1990s and has been a freelancer for many titles and author of “Bike for Life: How to Ride To 100.”
Wallack has already begun his preliminary research; currently the book is targeted for completion by fall of 2019.
“Richard’s story has been a goal of ours for some time,” says Wanda Long, “and we are thrilled to see it finally in motion. He was so remarkable and being able to share his backstory, and that of …read more