Latest News – August 11

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Women Cyclists: Leadville Strong!!

Did you know that it was Leadville that formed the very first cycling club in Colorado? It was 1889 and an organized group of male cyclists was established; by May of 1893, bicycling had taken its place as a leading sport.

In the early years of cycling in Lake County, it was a men’s sport, but the ladies did not allow that haughty attitude to persist for long. By the early 1890s, a local journalist reported “the cycle craze broke out with something like a fury, affecting all grades and conditions of men and extending in somewhat milder form to the fair sex.”

Leadville’s strong cycling ties! Rebecca Rusch (left) and Levi Leipheimer (right) shared the 2010 LT100 MTB podium. Rusch will be at the start line on Saturday. Leipheimer will blaze through town with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 23.

However, like the early years of cycling in Lake County, the ladies of the sport have not allowed the men to dominate the headlines of cycling news, at least not in Leadville.

Enter 3x Leadville 100 Women’s Champion Rebecca Rusch and current women’s record holder. Last year’s LT100 MTB saw Rusch win her third victory AND  smash her own record, shaving off more than 16 minutes, for the current grand time of 7:31:45.

Rusch is the current World Champion for Masters XC mountain biking, the 2011 National XC single-speed champion, 3x 24-hour solo mountain bike World Champion, and a three-time national champion in 24-hour team mountain biking. It’s easy to see why Rusch has been profiled by Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine and Adventure Sport Magazine.

Leadville Today was glad to have the opportunity to sit down and talk with Rebecca Rusch and her Specialized Teammate: Ina-Yoko Teutenberg.

Who’s Ina (pronounced E-na), you ask? Well, aside from being described by as one of Rusch’s most worthy competitors, Teutenberg just returned from representing Germany at the 2012 Olympic games: from London to Leadville!  She has many other noteworthy accomplishments: German National Road Race Champion, Winner of 21 stages of Tour de l’Aude, Bronze medal at world championships 2011, Winner of World Cup China and Tour in 2010, 2011, 11 stage wins of Giro d’Italia Femminile, and German National Road Champion 2009, to name a few.

So will the women’s race play out like the men’s in ’09 and ’10 –  when the roadies dominated the Leadville dirt?!  Perhaps Rusch answered that question best in a recent interview with Leadville Today: “Racing would be boring if you knew who was going to win every time.” Well said, Champ. See you at the Finish Line!

Here’s the interview with Champion Rebecca Rusch and Olympian & German National Road Champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg –  talking about cycling, motivation and inspiration.

Keep ‘Em Spinning, Ladies! 

It’s Race Time, Leadville!

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! Well, the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race might not be that kind of race, but there’s no doubt that as the 6:30 a.m. start time for Saturday’s race draws closer, the energy in this small mountain town definitely revs up. 

With nearly 2,000 riders, anticipated to participate in the country’s most prestigious ultra-distance mountain bike event, Leadville will, once again, take center stage in the international sports arena.

Racers from 50 states and 35 countries will race on a demanding course with steep, technical climbs and descents and elevations ranging from 9,000 to 12,620 feet.

Now in its 18 year of playing host to many of cycling’s fiercest competitors, Leadville welcomes participants from 50 states and 35 countries. 

This year’s event includes a strong field of competitors including three-time defending Leadville Trail 100 MTB winner and women’s record holder Rebecca Rusch. She will be joined by some of the best mountain bikers in the world. 

Good Luck Racers – especially the Leadville competitors! Stay safe and ride fast!

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