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.
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.”
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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