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KLOSER, Mike. (Dubuque, IA, 1960- ). A 1978 graduate of STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL, Kloser has excelled in nearly every sport. His achievements have included: 4 time Adventure Racing World Champion, World Mountain Bike Champion, World Long Distance Orienteering Champion, 3 time Eco Challenge Champion, 5 time Primal Quest Champion, 10 time Steamboat Pentathlon Champion, 3 time Teva Games Champion, 2 time Iditabike Champion, 2 time America's Uphill Champion, 2 Time Winter Triathlon National Champion, 5 Time Elk Mountains Grand Traverse Champion, 7 time Breckenridge Imperial Challenge Champion, and 3 Time Aspen Highlands Inferno Champion.

He was the first American to achieve regular success on the European mountain biking circuit, winning gold and two silvers at the World Mountain Bike Championship and twice finishing second in the overall World Cup standings.

Kloser the first athlete representative on the board of the International Cycling Union and played key roles in attracting World Cup and World Championship mountain bike races to Vail. He was also the founder and director of the World Professional Mogul Tour. After taking up adventure racing at the end of his mountain biking career, he helped Team Vail become the first U.S. team to win the Eco-Challenge.

Kloser helped his Adventure Racing teams to three Eco-Challenge wins, five Primal Quest titles, two national championship titles and three world championship crowns. He has two U.S. National Winter Triathlon championship titles and is a five-time winner of the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen. Kloser was the winner of the 2004 24-Hour Orienteering World Championships and was twice the Iditabike champion. He is a past winner of the Ultra 100 mountain bike race and the 24 Hours of Moab team mountain bike race.

In 2002 Kloser was an inductee into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and had a Vail mountain bike trail (Kloser's Klimb) named in his honor. Mike was named "Adventure Racer of the Year" by Competitor Magazine, "Male Athlete of the Year" by Adventure Sport Magazine and he has two “Adventure Racing Team of the Year” titles. Mike has earned the coveted “Everest Award,” one of the greatest achievements in climate sports.

When not racing, he has been the activities director at Beaver Creek Resort near Vail. His company, "Out There," manufactured gear and apparel for a variety of outdoor sports.

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Mike Kloser website: http://www.mikekloser.com/html/mike_s_bio.html

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