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Endurance mountain bike legend Ned Overend received the Cycling Legend award at the Endurance Live! gala in Los Angeles Saturday night.
In his prime, Overend won six NORBA national championships and the first-ever world cross-country championship, in Durango, Colorado. The Specialized spokeman hasn’t slowed down much, however; at 56, he is still winning world championships, and has already done so this year, at the Masters World Cyclocross Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Overend attributes his victory at the 1991 mountain bike worlds and his lengthy career to his relationship with Specialized Bicycles.
Being a Durango, Colorado-based employee of California’s Specialized Bicycles gives Overend the ability to train in the area that he loves and at an altitude that suits him. Known as the “Human Lung,” for his body’s ability to process oxygen, Overend has shaped the mountain biking world more than arguably any other rider in history.