Who’s gonna fill Ned Overend’s shoes at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

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Who’s gonna fill Ned Overend’s shoes at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Blevins, Kuss stand up tall as favorite young riders
Durangoan Ned Overend has competed in every Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race since 1982 and will be competing today. He’s a five-time champion, last winning in 2011. Now 60 years old, Overend hopes a young rider from Durango claim his place as the perennial local favorite.
Durangoan Christopher Blevins, 18, is making a name for himself around the globe. After winning the Peace Race in the Czech Republic on his road bike, Blevins turned around and won a UCI World Cup Junior Series mountain bike race in Germany two weeks later, all before graduating Durango High School.
Sepp Kuss is one of the country’s top young climbers on the road after showing off his skills at the Tour of the Gila and winning a stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Ben Sonntag may be most comfortable on a mountain bike, but the husband of Durango’s road cycling star Carmen Small has the skills to compete in the IHBC road race, too.
Ned Overend first appeared in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 1982 as a 27-year-old when he won the Senior IV division in just over two hours time and just less than two minutes behind the Senior I and II men’s winner.
Troy Wells crosses the finish line to win the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens road race with Ned Overend coming in second place at Durango Mountain Resort in 2014.
Ned Overend descends Coal Bank Pass in 2011.
Ned Overend takes off as Dave Peters, with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, lets go on East Animas Road, (County Road 250) on in 2015 during the time trial.
Keegan Swirbul, left, Ryan Standish, center, and Ned Overend climb Coal Bank Pass during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race in 2015. Swirbul won the race.
From left: Alister Ratcliff, Kip Taylor and Christopher Blevins in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s pro criterium in 2014.
Ned Overend climbs to the top of Coal Bank Pass during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 2011.
Ned Overend descends Coal Bank Pass en route to his record fifth victory at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 2011.
Ned Overend makes his way up Molas Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race.

Who’s gonna fill Ned Overend’s shoes at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Durangoan Ned Overend has competed in every Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race since 1982 and will be competing today. He’s a five-time champion, last winning in 2011. Now 60 years old, Overend hopes a young rider from Durango claim his place as the perennial local favorite.
Durangoan Christopher Blevins, 18, is making a name for himself around the globe. After winning the Peace Race in the Czech Republic on his road bike, Blevins turned around and won a UCI World Cup Junior Series mountain bike race in Germany two weeks later, all before graduating Durango High School.
Sepp Kuss is one of the country’s top young climbers on the road after showing off his skills at the Tour of the Gila and winning a stage of the Redlands Bicycle Classic.
Ben Sonntag may be most comfortable on a mountain bike, but the husband of Durango’s road cycling star Carmen Small has the skills to compete in the IHBC road race, too.
Ned Overend first appeared in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 1982 as a 27-year-old when he won the Senior IV division in just over two hours time and just less than two minutes behind the Senior I and II men’s winner.
Troy Wells crosses the finish line to win the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens road race with Ned Overend coming in second place at Durango Mountain Resort in 2014.
Ned Overend descends Coal Bank Pass in 2011.
Ned Overend takes off as Dave Peters, with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, lets go on East Animas Road, (County Road 250) on in 2015 during the time trial.
Keegan Swirbul, left, Ryan Standish, center, and Ned Overend climb Coal Bank Pass during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race in 2015. Swirbul won the race.
From left: Alister Ratcliff, Kip Taylor and Christopher Blevins in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s pro criterium in 2014.
Ned Overend climbs to the top of Coal Bank Pass during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 2011.
Ned Overend descends Coal Bank Pass en route to his record fifth victory at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in 2011.
Ned Overend makes his way up Molas Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race.
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