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Ned Overend, Mara Abbott win 2011 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race

The apparently immortal and indestructible Ned Overend (Specialized) won his fifth Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race on Saturday in Silverton, Colorado.

The 55-year-old Overend, who last won the IHBC in 1992, made his move on 10,640-foot Coal Bank Pass, escaping the pack with Howard Grotts (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory-Devo), according to the Durango Herald.

He shed Grotts near the summit and went it alone to the finish, crossing in 2:18:54. Greg Krause (Juwi Solar-First Solar) overtook Grotts on the descent into Silverton to snatch second place, while Drew Miller (Landis-Trek) slotted into third. Both were given the same time, 2:20:08.

In women’s racing, Mara Abbott (Diadora-Pasta Zara) won her fourth consecutive Iron Horse — something that’s never been done before, by man or woman.

Like Overend, Abbott got away early on Coal Bank with a companion, Kristin McGrath, and dropped her further along the road to solo in for the victory in 2:34:28.