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

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published May. 28, 2011
  • Updated May. 29, 2011 at 9:34 AM EDT

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.

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