Saturday, December 16, 2006

Go Ned Go!

Ned Overend, of Durango, Colorado won the 50-54 Master Cylcocross U.S. championship yesterday. Becasue of call-ups for other riders, he started in the middle of the 68 rider field. That didn't matter as he was at the front by the middle of the first lap. When asked about riding in the elite race, Overend said "Nah, I'm done, it's time to drink some beer." See v-news.

Ned took second in this year's Mt. Washington Hillclimb, only behind Tyler Hamilton. Ned also placed fourth in 2005. At the start, Ned sprinted ahead of everyone else, then was briefly overtaken by half a dozen riders, and promptly passed all of them except Hamilton to finish in 54:41.
He was the first ever world mountain bike champion and a multi-time national mountain bike champion.

He retired from pro MTB in 1996 when he was 41. Then he started racing the XTERRA Tri series, basically triathlons in the the dirt. Not many riders continue to race after they retire. Ned, now 51, continues... hardcore.

Here's a list of some of his results:

1983
1st Grand Junction Stage Race
1st Morgul Bismarck Road Race
2nd Fountain Mountain Triathlon
1st Iron Horse Road Race (2nd Overall Stage Race)
3rd Colorado State Road Race
35th Coors Classic
2nd Mt. Evans Hill Climb
1st Road Apple Rally
Colorado State Best All-Around Rider

1984
4th Iron Horse Road Race (2nd Overall Stage Race)
2nd Colorado State Road Race
1st Pacific States Suntour MTB series
1st Crested Butte MTB Stage Race
2nd NORBA National Championships
1985
2nd Iron Horse Road Race1st Iron Horse MTB Race
2nd Colorado State Road Race
1st Mt. Evans/Bob Cook Memorial Road Race
1st Pacific States Suntour MTB series
1st Crested Butte MTB Stage Race
1st Road Apple Rally
5th NORBA National Championships
1st NORBA National Points Series
Colorado Best All-Around Rider (Road)

1986
1st Iron Horse Road Race
1st Iron Horse MTB Race
1st Colorado State Championships
1st Mt. Evans/Bob Cook Memorial Road Race
16th National Road Race Championships
2nd Munsingwear International Stage Race
1st NORBA National Championships
1987
1st Iron Horse Road Race
3rd Nevada City Road Race
2nd Mt. Evans/Bob Cook Memorial Road Race
1st Rage in the Sage
1st Revenge of the Siskiyous
1st Colorado State Championships (MTB)
NORBA National Champion
1st NORBA National Points Championships
1st European World Championships
1st NORBA World Championships (XC and Hill Climb)

1988
3rd Iron Horse Classic MTB Race
1st Colorado State Championships
2nd NORBA National Championships
2nd European World Championships
1st NORBA World Championships (XC and Hill Climb)
1st Road Apple Rally

1989
1st NORBA National Championships
4th NORBA World Championships
1990
1st Mammoth NORBA National
1st King of the Rockies MTB Stage Race
UCI World MTB Champion
1st NORBA National Championships
Inducted: Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

1991
1st NORBA National Championships
1st Park City MTB World Cup
1st Road Apple Rally

1992
1st NORBA National Championships

1994
1st Place Swiss MTB World Cup
1st Place Italian MTB World Cup

2004
1st Colorado State Road Championships
1st Road Apple Rally

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