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At the Union Cycliste Internationale 2012 Masters Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Ky., Ned Overend earned the nicknames “Deadly Nedly“ and “The Lung,” because of his competitiveness and aerobic endurance.
On Feb. 15, Overend will be the special guest at Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Randolph for the store’s third annual “rep night,” when riders and representatives from manufacturers show off the latest in bicycles, components, clothing, culture and competition.
“Ned is one of the rock stars of cycling,” said owner Marty Epstein. “He also happens to be one of the nicest, most humble guys I’ve ever met.”
The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the store at 1164 Route 10 West, and includes door prizes and drawings, refreshments and discounts.
“We invite all of the product representatives that we buy from, and they set up booths all over the store so people can come see what’s new,” Epstein said. “It’s a way to get people out of their winter doldrums and excited about the upcoming season.”
Product representatives will be on hand to showcase their company’s newest products, including: Garmin, Trek, Gary Fisher, Sram, Look, Shimano, Continental, Gore Bike Wear, Zipp, Fox, CamelBak, PowerBar, Yakima and Topeak.
Overend, 56, who won the Masters Cyclocross title in Louisville and who is captain of the Specialized Cross Country Team, will be available to meet fans and sign autographs.
Overend began his mountain bike career in the 1980s, and went on to win four National Off Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) national championships, the NORBA world championship, the European World championship and the first-ever UCI World Championships.
Though he retired from professional mountain biking in 1996, he continued to compete in endurance competitions like the XTERRA Triathlon and other road triathlons and win world championships.
Overend was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1990 and the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2001.
These days, Overend is busy serving as an ambassador for Specialized bikes, contributing to his sport as captain of the research and development team and as a team leader.
“He has been the heart and soul of Specialized bikes for many years,” Epstein said. “He’s truly an
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