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Colorado retailer and event promotor Ed Zink dies at 71

Published October 12, 2019

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Ed Zink, the owner of pioneering mountain bike store Mountain Bike Specialists and a founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 71.

Zink was a Durango native who helped bring the first UCI Mountain Bike World Championships to the town in 1990. Besides his bike endeavors he was a local rancher and conservationist who served on many local boards and organizations; in 2018, then-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper named March 1 as Ed Zink Day in recognition of his efforts.

Zink is survived by his wife, Patti Zink, and his three children, Brian Zink, Tim Zink and Kristi Zink.

In 2016, Zink's store was named the Best Mountain Bike Shop in the United States at Interbike.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Contributions in memory of Zink can be made to Trails 2000 and the Mercy Health Foundation.

More information: BRAIN will update this article with reaction from the bike industry.

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