Latest News – February 26

What’s Happening Besides Ski Joring This Weekend?

Well, it’s going to be a BIG winter weekend in Leadville and Lake County. It’s Ski Joring weekend – YeeHaw! It’s horses with riders pulling skiers down historic Harrison Avenue for great prizes and the thrill of the crowds! To get the complete low-down on Ski Joring CLICK HERE.

Leadville Ski Joring: Yes, sometimes those skiers can get ahead of those horses! Photo: Carolyn Knudsen.

Leadville Ski Joring: Yes, sometimes those skiers can get ahead of those horses! Photo: Carolyn Knudsen.

Aside from the Premiere Ski Joring competition, there are some other events going on in town. There seems to be some confusion about what is actually going to happen, and at what time, so Leadville Today made a round of calls and here’s what we know directly from event organizers:

Yes the Nordic Sprints are happening, according to organizer Karl Remsen, with Leadville Nordic. Competitors in the Knock-Out Nordic Sprints will gather under the Harrison Avenue lights on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. to kick off the big winter celebration. Participants race the main drag with great Nordic spirit, marking for many, the last race of the season. The competition has a double elimination with two skiers starting, and the fastest racer advancing to the next round of competition. $3 Entry. Prizes, Excitement, Spills. Registration at 8th & Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.

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The Advocates of Lake County will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at The Elks Lodge over Ski Joring Weekend. Pancake Breakfast 2014-Color

The breakfast be held both Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the basement of The Elks Lodge, 1234 W. 5th Street. Tickets: $6 for Adults and $3 for kids. you can also buy  discounted, presale tickets from the Advocates at 719-486-3530. Breakfast includes Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, O.J, Coffee and Tea.Skin_Spac

Shelter Dog Shuffle: Steph Dwyer reported to Leadville Today that even though the ever-popular Mt. Massive Mush isn’t happening this year due to time restraints for organizers,

The Shelter Dog Shuffle: Cross-Country meets Canine. Photo: David Hahn.

The Shelter Dog Shuffle: Cross-Country meets Canine. Photo: David Hahn.

there will be an impromptu Shelter Dog Shuffle to raise some money for the Leadville/Lake County Animal Shelter.

The Shelter Dog Shuffle is a fun ski, run, walk, snowshoe with your dog race with all proceeds benefiting the local animal shelter. The event will be held this Saturday, March 1 starting at 10 a.m.

There will be two categories: a “more competitive” class will start at 10 a.m., racing on a 2-3 mile loop course. Then directly after, a “less competitive” class will head out on a 1 mile loop course.  

Dwyer said there will be a great raffle with local prizes afterwards! For more info, please Call Steph at 719-486-3522.Skin_Spac

Leadville Nordic Paintball Biathlon at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center (TPNC). Take cross country skiing and throw in some paintball guns; it’s really that simple. For each race (Kids 1 km, 5 km, or 10 km) you ski three laps. After the first lap, you shoot 5 shots prone (lying down). After your second lap, you shoot 5 shots standing. Then you ski your third lap as hard as you can. If you make a shot, seconds will be deducted from your overall ski time. The fastest skier at the end wins. Race day registration is from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the nordic center.

Paintball Biathlon: more smiles than spandex, more excitement than electronic timing chips! Photo: Leadville Nordic.

Paintball Biathlon: more smiles than spandex, more excitement than electronic timing chips! Photo: Leadville Nordic.

The goal of this event is to help skiers have fun, be outside, and raise a little money. Expect more smiles than spandex and more excitement than electronic timing chips. For more information please call the Nordic Center at 719-486-1750 or connect at www.leadvillenordic.org.Skin_Spac

The Leadville Winter Mountain Bikes Series continues this Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. with the Mineral Belt Mayhem Race, an 11 mile loop on Leadville’s beautiful Mineral Belt Trail . . . at night! This year’s race is anticipated to grow to 80 competitors, according to Race Director Sterling Mudge. The race begins and ends in front of Cycles of Life, 309 Harrison Ave in downtown Leadville, just look for the huge inflatable beer can! Mudge also wanted to reiterate that the race start time is 6 p.m.

Last year's Mineral Belt Mayhem saw 68 riders at the Start Line. Photo Courtesy of Oskar Blues REEB Cycles.

The 2013 Mineral Belt Mayhem saw 68 riders at the Start Line, more racers are expected this year. Photo Courtesy of Oskar Blues REEB Cycles.

The Cloud City Wheelers, who host the entire Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series, advocate that winter racing is a great way to keep up riding and racing during the off-season. The Cloud City Wheelers are a Leadville club dedicated to providing bicycle activities to promote individual health and recreation. The Wheelers also support education and advocacy to help promote a more bicycle friendly environment and a more livable community for members, bicyclists, and the community at-large. The next – and final competition – in the Winter Mountain Bike Race Series will be the East Side Epic on April 12.

 

 

 

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