(born 20 August 1955 in Taipei, Taiwan), the son of a U.S.
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diplomat, started in mountain biking
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in the early 1980s. He appeared in "the world's first mountain biking video, aptly named, The Great Mountain Biking Video
," released in 1988 by New & Unique Videos of San Diego, California. Ned also appears in competition sequences of "The Sun Valley Mountain Bike Challenge," a video chronicle of that year's NORBA Championships also released in 1988. He also appeared in a mountain-bike race video entitled "Battle At Durango: The First-Ever World Mountain Biking Championships" videotaped in Durango, Colorado in 1990, and released by New & Unique Videos in 1991. Overend was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
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in 1990 and the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame
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in 2001. Even though he retired from Pro Mountain biking in 1996, he continued competing in endurance competitions like the XTERRA Triathlon
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, and regular road triathlon
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s. While in professional mountain biking, Overend earned the nicknames "Deadly Nedly" and "The Lung", because he was very difficult to beat and for his phenonomenal aerobic endurance at altitude (especially so for a man of his age), respectively. He is the current captain of the Specialized Cross Country Team
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- UCI World Mountain Biking Champion
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(Gold, 1990; Bronze 1991)
- NORBA National Mountain Biking Champion (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
- NORBA National Point Series Champion (1987)
- XTERRA World Champion (1998, 1999, 2nd 1997) National Winter Triathlon Champion (2000) National XTRERRA Series Champion (2001, 2002)
- Colorado Road Champion (2004)
- Road Apple Rally Champion (2004, 2009)
- Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb (1st, 1985–1986; 2nd, 2006; 4th, 2005; 5th, 2008; 2nd, 2010)
- Mount Washington Auto Road
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Bicycle Hillclimb (1st 2011; 2nd, 2006, 2009)
- Teva Mountain Games Hillclimb (1st, 2007)