New Leadville Stage Race Set For This Weekend
This weekend, July 24-26, Life Time Fitness is launching its inaugural Leadville Stage Race. This new three-day event will follow the exact same course as the legendary The Leadville Trail 100 MTB (LT100 MTB), which will be held next month on August 15.
Race organizers describe the new event as covering the same high-altitude terrain as the LT100 MTB, but splitting the distance over three consecutive stages. Day One will see riders roll 42 miles from town over St. Kevin’s and Sugarloaf passes to Lost Canyon, just past Twin Lakes. Day Two is only 16 miles long but makes the out-and-back trip to the 12,424-foot Columbine Mine. And Day Three returns racers back to Leadville the way they came.
This new challenge also offers an option for cyclists looking to qualify for the LT100 MTB. The stage race will have 25 Leadville 100 slots available for top age-group finishers. Racers can also gain entry by riding any of the three stages faster than Leadville 100 course record holder Alban Lakata rode the same section of course.
Registration for the Leadville stage race is still open: LINK.
Leadville Resident Take Top Honors at Tri It High
Leadville resident Eric Godsman won the Tri It High Triathlon held in Leadville last Sunday, July 19. He was one of 12 competitors in the Olympic division in the annual competition put on by the Lake County Recreation Department.
The Olympic division includes a 1000 Meter Swim, a 35K bike riding component and finally a 10K Run. In the Individual Sprint division, it was Daniel Bloom who took top honors. This competition includes a 500 Meter swim, 20K bike, and 5K run components. Bloom saw 49 other competitors take on challenge with him. In the Relay “Team” Sprint the “Dead First” team pegged that just right, taking the top podium position among six groups. Finally, rounding out the adult racers were the Dualthlon racers with Shannon Haynes taking top spot among the six who came to the start line. For full race results: LINK.