Sad News: Community Mourns Len Francies

Washington’s Mountain Bike Community Mourns the Loss of a Trail Maintenance Master Volunteer, Community Builder, and Best Friend

January 6, 2016

It is with great regret that we acknowledge the loss of one of our founding members, former Board

officer, and close friend Len Francies. Len passed away on New Year's Day, while riding Grand Ridge

with his close friend, Art Tuftee. Len was 57.

Len lived a life of enthusiasm and boundless energy for mountain biking, trail building, and serving others. His enormous volunteer contributions formed the foundation of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and set the tone for the volunteer ethic that defines the organization today.

For two decades, Len supported Evergreen with his expertise, counseling staff about the importance

of conserving land and maintaining trail access for everyone. Len was also the key driver behind

Evergreen's USFS Chainsaw Certification program.

Whether training Evergreen volunteers or spending countless hours improving trail, Len continually

put his effort into providing the best possible riding experience for Wash. mountain bikers. Much of

Evergreen’s progress and success is the result of Len’s contributions and support.

Len was relentless in his dedication to the sport, his friends, our trail crew, and his fellow volunteers. His nickname “The Legend” was earned by his zeal for tireless maintenance work, extra-long rides, and camping experiences that taught his friends the true meaning of mountain biking and community service.

Len’s enthusiasm for the sport was contagious. His loss will be felt deeply.

Memorial Service

Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 1 pm

Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club

36005 SE Ridge St, Snoqualmie, WA.

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