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Triathlon loses an icon: aero wheel pioneer Steve Hed passes away…

first_img Related Aero carbon wheel pioneer Steve Hed collapsed outside of one of his facilities in Shoreview, Minnesota, last Thursday and was discovered by an employee minutes later. CPR was administered on the scene and by first responders, who rushed him to hospital.He was placed in an induced coma over the weekend, but was taken off life support on Tuesday night and passed on Wednesday morning.Steve Hed was the manufacturing entrepreneur with the longest pedigree in the sport. During the early 1980s he scraped by owning a small bike shop in the Twin Cities area called Grand Performance. His curious and generous nature was naturally attractive, and he made the acquaintance of a composites tinkerer and the two started making aero bicycle wheels that riders could afford.That was in 1985 and his company, famous for the big block ‘HED’ emblazoned on its wheels has set a standard since. HED was the first triathlon manufacturer.While many of his competitors ebbed and flowed in the ardency of their attachment to aerodynamic wheels, or changed ownership or focus or were absorbed by larger companies, Hed was not compelled by an exit strategy.He enjoyed doing what he did for a living. HED’s arch rival during most of HED’s existence was Zipp, but a measure of the esteem in which his contemporaries held him was the number of Zipp current and former owners and employees who were regularly seen at the HED booth during the Interbike trade show. His relationship with Zipp’s owner for most of its tenure, Andy Ording, grew into a warm friendship after Ording sold his company to SRAM in 2007.Marking their respect to their competitor, Michael Hall, Zipp’s Director Of Advanced Development, and Jason Fowler, Zipp Wheel Product Manager issued a statement honouring the memory of Steve Hed…“Steve Hed was a friend to many at Zipp since the early days, and that friendship stood until the end. He was a guy you sought out at tradeshows to say hello and catch up. On the business side, Steve challenged and pushed Zipp and vice versa. As a result the carbon wheel industry has benefited and taken massive leaps in technology over the past 20 years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all of those at Hed Cycling.Steve was such a rival. It fuelled the industry’s innovation for years and years. He was a pioneer in using measurement, data and technology to advance athletes, both in the pro peloton and in triathlon. He was definitely a big personality. It’s a sad time that we have now lost one of the true innovators and true characters in our industry.”Steve Hed’s patent on toroidal wheel shapes set the standard for aero wheels for years. Zipp began making wheels of this shape only after it bought a license from Hed’s one-time partner and co-patent holder.Hed was an innovator in wider rims at the bead site for both road and tri. He’s been generally proven right in his ardency for wider rims, which caused his wheels to be coveted by road riders. His carbon wheels for MTB riders made him a whole new set of fans, and fat bike enthusiasts were blown away by his lightweight wheels for their bikes at the most recent Interbike show.Hed was an inveterate tinkerer, insatiably curious and creative, which led him to move into aerodynamic handlebars once he knew he would not be competing with long-time friend and Scott handlebar creator Boone Lennon. The HED one-piece aerobar, debuted in the early 2000s, was revolutionary.Most recently his interest had been gravel racing, and he stepped in to help produce the now iconic Almanzo gravel race held in the Twin Cities area.More than just a manufacturer, Hed became and has remained a technical and equipment mentor to many triathlon and cycling legends. Lance Armstrong was fiercely loyal to Hed during the 1990s and for years thereafter, riding HED wheels when he could have earned much more.Hed became the aero bike fitter for Lance, Levi Leipheimer and others on that team. No doubt the loyalty shown Steve Hed flows from the loyalty he exhibited first. Stories have been told for decades of Hed quietly continuing to send stipend checks to athletes for years after those athletes retired, well after they could provide any benefit back to the company.Hed’s trajectory was bent toward triathlon during the early 1980s by an attractive and smart professional in that sport named Anne McDonnell. She was part of the enclave of pro triathletes in the Twin Cities area that included Tony Schiller and Julie Olson.Annie McDonnell became Annie Hed in 1990, but the two have been in, for 30 years, the perfect communion of Steve’s out-of-the-box creativity and Annie’s feet-on-the-ground attachment to the realities of business.Steve Hed was born on 11 July 1955 and died the morning of 26 November 2014. He is survived by his wife of 24 years Anne Hed, a son Andrew and a daughter Rebecca.www.hedcycling.comlast_img read more