Latest News – January 14

Keep ‘em Spinning…Through the Snow!

The Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series, hosted by the Cloud City Wheelers will kick off this Saturday, Jan. 18 with En Fuego, a night race at Copper Mountain, Colo.

The start of it all: En Fuego  Saturday Night! Photo: David Hahn

The start of it all: En Fuego Saturday Night! Photo: David Hahn

The 10-mile course (two 5-mile loops) includes a stair climb and ice rink crossing.   Racers and spectators are also drawn by the post-race En Fuego (translation: an epic Saturday evening) festivities including some music and fireworks. Following the race, all are invited to an after party at the Incline Bar and Grill.

Cloud City Wheelers host En Fuego at Copper Mountain. Photo: David Hahn.

Cloud City Wheelers host En Fuego at Copper Mountain. Photo: David Hahn.

New this year will be a chance to demo some of the lightest and coolest fat bikes available, including REEB and Borealis Bikes.

“We will also be having a non fatbike category due to the awesome influx of fat tired bikes to the market,” said Race Organizer Sterling Mudge. The Cloud City Wheelers host the entire Winter Mountain Bike Race Series, with fees benefiting local bicycle advocacy groups around the Leadville area. Registration will take place on the day of the event, beginning at 3pm at the Incline Bar and Grill at Copper. Check out more details and other races in this series at the Cloud City Wheelers website.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Winter Tri Race in Leadville on Saturday

Back in Leadville, earlier on Saturday, Jan. 18 other athletes in the region, seeking to test their mettle and push the boundaries of endurance will be competing in The Arrowhead Alpine Club Winter Triathlon. 

The Arrowhead Alpine Club Winter Triathlon in Leadville on Saturday, Jan. 18. Photo: Pedal Power.

The Winter Triathlon in Leadville on Sat., Jan. 18. Photo: Pedal Power.

This race takes place at the Leadville’s CMC Timberline Campus starting at 10 a.m. and will consist of a 5K snowshoe, 10K snow-bike and an 8K skate-ski.  This event will be open to both individual competitors and teams. 

This is the fifth event of the 2013/2014 Pedal Power Winter Race Series.  The non-profit series, now in it’s 18th season, benefits local charities in Lake and Eagle Counties.

Bike and ski portions playing out on groomed Nordic-track at The Winter Tri.

Bike and ski portions playing out on groomed Nordic-track at The Winter Tri in Leadville.

With a reputation for creating courses that present tactical as well as physical challenges, this multi-discipline winter endurance event is ideal for athletes seeking ever-greater tests of their abilities. The snowshoe leg of the event takes place on off-piste, single track, with the bike and ski portions playing out on groomed Nordic-track. 

As part of the race, there will be a Winter Tri ‘Team Challenge’ specifically designed to encourage and recognize team efforts within the dicipline.   The Team Challenge winners will be eligible for special prizes based upon the combined times of each team’s participants. 

Racers should meet at the CMC Timberline Campus, just south of town, one hour before the start to leave time to register and coordinate equipment.  It is suggested that participants call Pedal Power in advance at 970-845-0931 for directions. 

Pedal_Power_logoPre-registration for this event is $35 for individuals and $30 per person for teams. Racers can register on the day of the race for $45 for individuals or $30 per person for teams.  Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com.  They can also get forms at Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931.

The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Eagle-Vail Metro District Snbow Mt. Bike Race.  That race will take place on Saturday, January 25 at 10 a.m. with racer registration at the Eagle Vail Pavillion.

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