• University Road Race

    by  • August 25, 2009 • too random • 4 Comments

    Those who were up on the UCSC campus this past weekend got to see 54 year old legend Ned Overend in action – in the pro/1/2 race no less. When I showed up, late in the game, Ned was off the front sharing the 2-up break glories with a guy from Kelly Benefit.  As far as I could see, no one was in spitting range of those two guys.

    Local reports have Ned as the winner, but those who were present know that the Kelly guy (who are you, Kelly guy?) outkicked Ned in the final climb and came across the line solo.

    UCSC finish

    Ned, who finished second in the Mt Washington Hill Climb last week, was apparently in the Bay area to visit family. He stopped by the Bicycle Trip tent after the race and spoke with my inside source, Jim Langley. According to Jim, “he told me he got second and that the guy who beat him was just too strong on the last climb up the hill – that the guy was obviously holding a little back for the final push and Ned knew he wasn’t going to be able to beat him. So, I think Ned was second unless that guy was DQ’d for a centerline infraction.”

    Ned Overend, UCSC

    Either way, it was exciting and inspiring to see another guy “mature in years” out in front of such a tough race.



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    4 Responses to University Road Race

    1. August 25, 2009 at

      I’m thinking that’s Neil Shirley. He’s won University before. In fact he won the year the year that he came in third at the US Pro Championships.

      Deadly Nedly is unbelievable! I think he’s on the Specialized payroll as a guru/ambassador/racer – that strikes me as smart grassroots marketing. He shows up for random cross races in and around NorCal in the fall. God Bless Him… he’s so cool. He’s never yelled at me either which is a bonus.

    2. August 25, 2009 at

      yes, that’s Neil Shirley.

    3. FWS
      August 25, 2009 at

      Double Ditto from a fellow Ummm… Er? Master.
      Ned rocks. He keeps me inspired, that you can
      still rock with the younger guys.

    4. oldngrey
      August 25, 2009 at

      Yeah Neil Shirley was too much for Ned, but wow was Ned amazing out there. He played the others in the group like a piano and dropped everyone except Shirley.

      Ned is one of a kind!

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