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After more than two decades, and with a heavy heart, Randy Gillespie announced this week he will be closing his ATV and motorcycle sales and repair business.
Located at 174 S. Main St., Bishop, Golden State Cycle has been an institution in the local motorsports scene.
For 14 years, from 1995 to 2008, Golden State Cycle sponsored the Bishop Arenacross every summer at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, and more recently, through Gillespie, has been a supporter of the Eastern Sierra Adventure Trails System.
However, according to Gillespie, his passion for motorized recreation and love for the motorsports community were not enough to sustain the business in the face of growing economic challenges.
â€śFor several years the powersports industry has changed tremendously. The economic downturn and competing with the Internet makes it very hard to keep my doors open,â€ť he said in a statement issued Tuesday. â€śMy commitment and my love for Golden State Cycle is not enough. After 21 years, I have to close the doors.â€ť
Gillespie declined an interview, but in his statement he said he anticipates June 28 to be Golden State Cycleâ€™s last day of operations. As such, he encourages customers to redeem their gift cards as soon as possible.
And as hard as closing the doors will be, Gillespie indicated he will be moving on with plenty to be grateful for.
â€śWe have so many memories surrounding this great sport,â€ť he said. â€śI would like to thank you for your continued support and longtime friendship with Golden State Cycle. My wish for you is to keep riding, keep playing and take advantage of our open roads and our open trails.â€ť