Ed Zink – bicyclist, rancher and Durango native – dies at 71

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Ed Zink – bicyclist, rancher and Durango native – dies at 71

Lifelong resident owned bike shop, co-founded Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
Ed Zink, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and co-founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, at his shop on Main Avenue in May 2012. Zink, a lifelong Durango resident, died Friday after suffering a heart attack.
Ed Zink not only co-founded and directed the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, but he also rode many years in the race, including in 2011, when this photo was taken.
Ed Zink, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and co-founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, at his shop on Main Avenue in May 2012. Zink, a lifelong Durango resident, died Friday at Mercy Regional Medical Center after suffering a heart attack.
Ed Zink in the old cabin on his farm. Zink was a pillar of the community as a longtime business owner, cycling advocate and owner of Waterfall Ranch.
Ed Zink was a longtime mountain biking advocate who helped shape the cycling culture in Durango. “The cycling culture that has come about in the last 50 years would never have happened without Ed Zink,” said Iron Horse Director Gaige Sippy.
Ed Zink, 71, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists, died on Friday after complications of a heart attack. Zink was a community leader who helped shape the culture of cycling in town. He was a Durango High School and Fort Lewis College graduate.

Ed Zink – bicyclist, rancher and Durango native – dies at 71

Ed Zink, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and co-founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, at his shop on Main Avenue in May 2012. Zink, a lifelong Durango resident, died Friday after suffering a heart attack.
Ed Zink not only co-founded and directed the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, but he also rode many years in the race, including in 2011, when this photo was taken.
Ed Zink, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists and co-founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, at his shop on Main Avenue in May 2012. Zink, a lifelong Durango resident, died Friday at Mercy Regional Medical Center after suffering a heart attack.
Ed Zink in the old cabin on his farm. Zink was a pillar of the community as a longtime business owner, cycling advocate and owner of Waterfall Ranch.
Ed Zink was a longtime mountain biking advocate who helped shape the cycling culture in Durango. “The cycling culture that has come about in the last 50 years would never have happened without Ed Zink,” said Iron Horse Director Gaige Sippy.
Ed Zink, 71, owner of Mountain Bike Specialists, died on Friday after complications of a heart attack. Zink was a community leader who helped shape the culture of cycling in town. He was a Durango High School and Fort Lewis College graduate.
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