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1990 Durango MTB World Championships, 25th Anniversary

Racers, past and present, descended on Durango to celebrate the most important race in MTB history

1990 Durango MTB World Championships

Top: Ruthie Matthes, Cindy Whitehead, Greg Herbold, Juli Furtado, Ned Overend, Cindy Devine, Sue Dibiase, Mike Kloser, Lisa Muhich, Steve Tilford. Bottom: Travis Brown, Rishi Grewal, John Tomac, Sara Ballantyne, Elladee Brown. Photo Courtesy: Ned Overend

With the 25th Anniversary of the 1990 World Championships on the horizon, we felt the urge to join the celebration. We made a few calls and eventually found Durango cycling advocate, Jonathan Bailey at the other end of the line. Bailey dedicated himself to the success of the celebration and we were excited to help him achieve his goal. With a van full of bikes, out-valuing the van itself, we pointed our compass “SW” for Durango.

Sprinter Road Trip MBHOF 1990 Durango World Championships

Before reaching Durango, we made a pit stop at Absolute Bikes in Salida, CO. We had heard rumors about their collection and it did not disappoint! A couple highlights of their collection included a glow-in-the-dark Sling Shot and an IRD Fullstoker.

IRD Fullstoker

IRD Fullstoker

Sling Shot Glow in the dark

The Glowing Sling Shot

Finally, after a scenic 7 hour drive (Colorado’s beauty never fails to impress) we landed at the site of the 1990 Durango MTB World Championships 25th Anniversary celebration; and we found the beginnings of a great party! Bailey and his crew had already amassed a great collection of bikes and memorabilia from the era and we were stoked to contribute!

1990 Durango MTB World Championships

Not just bikes, the celebration included jerseys, helmets, number plates, and more!

We brought along a handful of bikes and memorabilia from the early ’90’s to help round out the collection on hand. Take a trip though the party, below.

1990 MTB World Championship - Durango 25th Anniversary

1990 Fat Chance Yo Eddy

Ned Overend's 1992 Specialized M2

Ned Overend’s 1992 Specialized M2

Travis Brown's 1991 Manitou FS

Travis Brown’s 1991 Manitou FS

1990 Klein Attitude, Tabletop!

1990 Klein Attitude, Tabletop!

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Cindy Devine

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You can’t top this style!

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Wicked Fat Chance!

Greg Herbold's 1990 WC Miyata

HB’s 1990 WC Miyata

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HB is thinning the heard, a little.

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Ruthie Mathies

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Chris Hertin (Yeti Welder) was reunited with his 1988 FRO.

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Ned addressed the crowd after a great day!

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Stay tuned as we will be releasing exclusive videos with New Overend, Travis Brown, and Greg Herbold in the near future!

 

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