Former Hot Sulphur Springs rider Nat Ross inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame |

Former Hot Sulphur Springs rider Nat Ross inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Will Bublitzwbublitz@grandcountynews.comGrand County, Colorado
CourtesyNat Ross, formerly of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, has been inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. He rides for the Subaru-Gary Fisher Mountain Bike Team.

A former Grand County, Colorado, resident was inducted into the national Mountain Bike Hall of Fame this summer. Nat Ross, known as Nick Schroer while growing up in Hot Sulphur Springs, was inducted during a ceremony on July 25 at Las Vegas, Nev.The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Crested Butte.The 36-year-old Ross, who now lives in Golden, holds the record for the most 24-hour bike-race finishes of any cyclist in the world with a total of 38 races to his credit, including nine victories. Ross is also the 2007 Ultra-Endurance Series champion after completing eight 100-mile cross-country mountain bike races. He has earned several national championship titles in the marathon, 100-mile and 24-hour categories.As an eight-year professional rider, Ross is the longest-standing member of the Subaru-Gary Fisher Mountain Bike Team.Ross started his mountain biking career as a junior while growing up during the 1980s in Grand County. He began it as part of his summer training regime to prepare himself for alpine skiing, which was the main focus of his athletic ambitions at the time. Several local riders, including Wade and Todd Wilderman, Sara Bellentyne, Eric Hendren and Mike Kloser, were his mentors when he began mountain biking. With their encouragement, he competed in his first mountain bike race in 1985.With his skills in both skiing and mountain biking, Ross was invited to compete in both events during the first X-Games more than a decade ago. His multi-talented athletic abilities also include competing as a triathlete in the World Championships in Italy last year as well as placing in the top 20 in several XTerra Off-Road Triathlons. In addition, he was a member of the four-man team that won the Race Across America road bike races in 2006 and 2007.His parents, Skip and Carol Schroer, live in Hot Sulphur Springs.

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