Ned Overend

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Ned Overend
Ned Overend signs an autograph at a Specialized demo event, October 2006
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Mountain Bike
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1990 Durango Cross Country
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Ciocco Cross Country

Edmund ("Ned") Overend (born 20 August 1955 in Taipei, Taiwan), the son of a U.S. diplomat, started in mountain biking in the early 1980s. He appeared in "the world's first mountain biking video, aptly named, The Great Mountain Biking Video,[1][2] released in 1988 by New & Unique Videos of San Diego, California. Ned also appears in competition sequences of "The Sun Valley Mountain Bike Challenge," a video chronicle of that year's NORBA Championships also released in 1988.

Ned Overend Appears in "The Great Mountain Biking Video," Big Bear Lakes, California, 1988 - Photo by Patty Mooney
Ned Overend, John Tomac and Tinker Juarez Compete in the Cindy Whitehead Desert Classic, Palm Springs, California, 1989 - Photo by Patty Mooney

He also appeared in a mountain-bike race video entitled "Battle At Durango: The First-Ever World Mountain Biking Championships" videotaped in Durango, Colorado in 1990, and released by New & Unique Videos in 1991.[3] Overend was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1990 and the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2001. Even though he retired from Pro Mountain biking in 1996, he continued competing in endurance competitions like the XTERRA Triathlon, and regular road triathlons. While in professional mountain biking, Overend earned the nicknames "Deadly Nedly" and "The Lung", because he was very difficult to beat and for his phenonomenal aerobic endurance at altitude (especially so for a man of his age), respectively. He is the current captain of the Specialized Cross Country Team.

Major achievements[edit]

Incomplete list