Cycle News was founded in 1965, in Long Beach, California by Chuck and Sharon Clayton. Chuck Clayton purchased a troubled Los Angeles-area motorcycling newspaper and changed its name to Cycle News. The Claytons initially ran Cycle News out of their living room. Chuck worked exclusively on the newspaper, relying on Sharon’s income at JR Engineering to support the family and keep Cycle News afloat. On evenings and weekends, Sharon handled the business side of the newspaper, and worked as a photographer and reporter. The Clayton family provided coverage of local and international races, and was a key source for racing results. Cycle News covered road racing, off-road, motocross, supercross, enduro, flat track, speedway, and drag racing, which appealed to a broad range of motorcycle enthusiasts. Cycle News eventually became one of the highest selling newspapers/magazines in the industry, and it had offices on the East and West coasts during its 45-year history.