HBL is excited to announce that musician Doug Fitch will be performing at the 2016 Haleiwa Metric Century! Preforming at Kaiaka Bay Beach Park at 1pm (after riders return).
Sports fans may remember Doug from his days as a professional bicycle racer when he became the first bicyclist to appear on the Wheaties cereal box in 1988. He was a member of the U.S. National Cycling Team during the 1980s, and became the U.S. National Champion in 1986. He won the Visalia Cycling Classic, the infamous Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and the Tour of Peru. His records still hold on Pikes Peak Hillclimb, Mt. Hood Hillclimb, and Lookout Mountain Hillclimb. ESPN did a feature on his cycling and music in 1985.
In addition to his cycling career, Doug is also an accomplished musician! He was a nominee for the 2009 and 2012 Na Hokuhanohano Awards (slack key guitar category) and 2009 Hawaii Music Awards (Folk Music category). Doug has studied Hawaiian slack-key guitar intensively with several masters and is also a recipient of a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in support of his ongoing study of the genre, also known as “kiho’alu”. The year 2013 was a big one for Doug and his musical endeavors. His newest album, “Believe in Love,” received two Grammy nominations.
“My music reflects what I love about Hawai’i: The people, the mountains, the winds, rains, and rolling surf. This is the soundtrack for a way of life in which relationships are valued and nature is revered. Hawaiian music is fun, soulful, poignant, and elegantly straightforward. It paints a beautiful sonic picture that relies on heart and soul for interpretation. It’s been a gift to me and I love to share it.”
To learn more about Doug Fitch Music – Click Here to Visit His Website
Needless to say, we’re excited to welcome both a former professional cyclist and talented musician! Performance will begin at 1pm at Kaiaka Bay Beach Park.