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Todd & Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo returns this September


On the start line with Todd Wells front and center. Photo by Tom Moran

On the start line with Todd Wells front and center. Photo by Tom Moran

Multi-time U.S. Cross-County National Champions Ned Overend and Todd Wells are reuniting for the second annual Todd & Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo presented by Fort Lewis College. Limited to 500 spots, riders will join Ned and Todd in their backyard training ground of Durango, Colorado, on Saturday September 17 for a mountain bike gran fondo filled with challenging singletrack. New for 2016 is the addition of the La Strada La Plata gravel ride the next day, making this a true two-day event.

“We had a great response from riders last year and many pressed us to add a gravel stage, said Overend who’s been doing reconnaissance for the gravel ride. “The new format accommodates those that just want to experience our trails, those that want gravel and those that want an epic weekend of both.”

Ned Overend ripping down the trail at last year's event. Photo by Tom Moran

Ned Overend ripping down the trail at last year’s event. Photo by Tom Moran

Those who complete both the Dirt Fondo and the La Strada La Plata will receive a King and Queen of the Dirt exclusive commemorative gift. Riders can also register for just one event.

Todd and Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo will offer 30-mile and 50-mile course options, each with on-course nutritional, mechanical and medical support and prizes awarded for timed segments. For 2016, the 50-mile Fondo may include a section of high-country singletrack in addition to traveling through the lower elevation trail systems and transitions of hard pack bike paths and roads.

The legend John Tomac made a surprise appearance last year. Photo by Tom Moran

The legend John Tomac made a surprise appearance last year. Photo by Tom Moran

La Strada La Plata gravel ride will offer 70-mile and 35-mile routes that include dirt roads with several timed sections. Nutritional, mechanical and medical support will also be provided as well as prizes for timed segments. All courses start and finish in downtown Durango. Saturday finishers will enjoy a post race feed party and on Sunday there will be pre ride coffee and pastries.

Registration for Todd and Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo and La Strada La Plata opens March 7 at Todd and Ned Fondo. Each registration package includes an exclusive schwag bag, finisher’s gift, event party and microbrews.

Ned and Todd address the crowd before the start last year. Photo by Tom Moran.

Ned and Todd address the crowd before the start last year. Photo by Tom Moran.

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Ned Overend and Todd Wells host first Durango Dirt Fondo


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Ned Overend. Images courtesy of Specialized.

The legendary Ned Overend and his Specialized teammate, multi-time, multi-disciplined USA National Champion Todd Wells, are teaming up to present the first Durango Dirt Fondo. The two D-town locals are inviting 500 guests to join them in their backyard on September 12 for a mountain bike adventure that will feature challenging single-track that has served as training ground for the duo’s combined countless victories. The weekend also marks the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first ever mountain bike World Championships, won by Overend.

Todd and Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo will offer 30-mile and 50-mile course options, each with on-course nutritional, mechanical and medical support and prizes awarded for KOM segments. The 50-mile Fondo will trace a cloverleaf loop around the city of Durango using four different trail systems connected by transitions of hard-pack bike path and roads, with the final stretch winding through Overend Mountain Park.

Course sections include segments from the 2001 World Cup, NORBA Nationals, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and Single Speed World Championships. Both courses will start and finish at the Durango Discovery Museum located on the bank of the Animas River where all finishers will enjoy a post race feed party. A 25th Anniversary Mountain Bike Worlds party will take place later in the evening.

Todd Wells

Todd Wells

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Ned and Todd’s favorite causes. Beneficiaries include Trails 2000, a local organization that builds and maintains trails and has been largely responsible for the growth of the trail systems; the Mercy Health Foundation, which supports Durango’s Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Registration for Todd and Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo opens Monday and get there early because organizers expect it to sell out. The 50-mile long course will cap out at 350 riders; the 30-mile course caps out at 150 riders. Each registration package ($150 and $125, respectively) includes an exclusive swag bag, a finisher’s trophy, post-race feed party and microbrews, and an invitation to the 25th Anniversary of the Mountain Bike Worlds party.

Todd and Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo is a production of the The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic began in 1972 and has run continuously on Memorial Day offering road and mountain bike events for all ages and abilities. The Iron Horse organization has also facilitated 17 national championship level events, the 1990 Mountain Bike World Championships, and the 2001 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is a Colorado non-profit entity.

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