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    ... and if we just ... Ned Overend in Fort Collins!

    Who: World Champion Cyclist Ned Overend
    What: An informal talk, a little beer, a little food
    When: This Friday April 21st! Talk starts at 6:30pm
    Where: Lee's Cyclery 931 East Harmony Fort Collins, CO
    80525

    Bring a small cushion to sit on the floor.

    Ned will touch on topics such as:

    Being a fast guy over the age of 40, training ect.
    Current mountain bike technology
    Triatholon training and racing
    The heydays of mountain biking

    Donations to benifit Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike
    Patrol.

    Come meet the Champ!

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    Wink Ned

    Will he also talk about being a fast guy over the age of 50?

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    Ned

    They used to call this guy "The Lung" because of his unbelievable endurance at altitude. He is the ultimate poster child for "Starting your career gnarly and staying gnarly past 50". There was some high level race late this past season where he competed in the top cross country class and came in (I'm just guessing here) 10th?? The young guys he was smoking were being razzed by the crowd..."you gonna let this old guy beat you?" Any advice he gives to anyone at any age should be well regarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    They used to call this guy "The Lung" because of his unbelievable endurance at altitude. He is the ultimate poster child for "Starting your career gnarly and staying gnarly past 50". There was some high level race late this past season where he competed in the top cross country class and came in (I'm just guessing here) 10th?? The young guys he was smoking were being razzed by the crowd..."you gonna let this old guy beat you?" Any advice he gives to anyone at any age should be well regarded.
    He finished 18th in the Angelfire World Cup Last year. Is that the race you were thinking of?

    Results:
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtb.php?i...DH6worldcup056
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtb.php?i...DH6worldcup056

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    Ned vs. the best

    Quote Originally Posted by xc_burner
    He finished 18th in the Angelfire World Cup Last year. Is that the race you were thinking of?

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    http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtb.php?i...DH6worldcup056
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtb.php?i...DH6worldcup056
    Yeah, Angelfire. So, 18th against the best isn't bad for an "old guy" I'm thinking. Of course, Ned is a freak of nature but it gives older riders hope they can keep it going longer than one would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Yeah, Angelfire. So, 18th against the best isn't bad for an "old guy" I'm thinking. Of course, Ned is a freak of nature but it gives older riders hope they can keep it going longer than one would think.
    While Ned is a great rider, and fitter than most everybody independent of age, he is not "rider of age" by Durango standards.
    Google Walt Axthelm sometime, this gentleman is a legend around here. I think he is 74, or was when I rode with him last summer.

    Oh, and I don't think of Walt as an old guy either.
    Craig, Durango CO
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    Last year's Xterra world championships (he has been 'retired' from Xterra tris for a couple of years). Ned came in 21st, check out who came in 16th...

    16 Kabush, Geoff
    VICTORIA, CANADA
    No U.S. Region Pro Men
    (16) 2:51:29 Details
    Hide Details Swim: 0:26:18
    T1: 1:55
    Bike: 1:30:11
    T2: 0:54
    Run: 0:52:11
    Finish: 2:51:29
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    17 Kubicek, Jan
    CHODOV CITY, CZECH REPUBLIC
    No U.S. Region Pro Men
    (17) 2:51:55 Details
    Hide Details Swim: 0:23:25
    T1: 1:27
    Bike: 1:39:12
    T2: 0:45
    Run: 0:47:06
    Finish: 2:51:55
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    18 Vance, Jim
    San Diego, CA USA
    South West Pro Men
    (18) 2:52:31 Details
    Hide Details Swim: 0:21:21
    T1: 1:31
    Bike: 1:38:54
    T2: 0:56
    Run: 0:49:49
    Finish: 2:52:31
    0
    19 Thomas, Justin
    Reno, NV USA
    South West Pro Men
    (19) 2:54:23 Details
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    T1: 1:28
    Bike: 1:38:50
    T2: 1:12
    Run: 0:50:32
    Finish: 2:54:23
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    20 Ignatz, Ryan
    Boulder, CO USA
    Mountain Pro Men
    (20) 2:55:24 Details
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    T1: 1:14
    Bike: 1:38:15
    T2: 0:54
    Run: 0:50:50
    Finish: 2:55:24
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    21 Overend, Ned
    DURANGO, CO USA
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    (21) 2:55:46 Details
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    T1: 1:56
    Bike: 1:35:04
    T2: 0:58
    Run: 0:55:10
    Finish: 2:55:46
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    22 Yumoto, Yu
    NAKANO

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    Ned rules! One of my early heros in riding! Him and Johnny T are legends!

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    A quick story about Ned....

    Years back at a National in Traverse City, MI my bike got stolen the day before my XC race. So I went walking around the pits trying to find a bike to borrow and ended up running into Ned.

    He said Specialized didn't have any extra bikes, but walked me over the Proflex guys and got me hooked up! It was great! Too bad I loosened up the headset after missing the backside of the water hole jump, got it fixed, sttill finished and had a great time! Thanks Ned!

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    never heard of him...sounds like a nice guy tho
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    The result you were thinking of was his 5th at the 2005 US Mountain Bike National Championships. I lived in Durango for nine years (95-04) and not only is he a strong mo-fo, he is also the most genuine pro racer I have ever met. He would always show up to our team fundraisers at Ska Brewing and make a substantial contribution to our team (both in cash and beer purchases). He is one of the main reasons why guys like Tom Danielson, Todd Wells, Dan Bowman (see Tour of Georgia stage 1), and numerous others (like myself) moved to Durango and started their cycling careers. I highly recommend every front range cyclist come listen to what this guy has to say.

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