Sub 6-Hour Record Set in Iconic Leadville 100 MTB
Alban Lakata from Lienz, Austria has broken his own course record and established the iconic race’s first sub 6-hour finish with an incredible time of 5:58:35 (5:59:55) for the 2015 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race’s. Kristian Hynek of the Czech Republic was only seconds behind, finishing at 5:58:46. And Christoph Sauser rounded out the leader’s podium with a third place finish, beating his own personal record, and former course record with a 2015 time of 6:01:00. In fact, the top four men, including Jeremiah Bishop (6:01:01), just one second behind Sauser, all beat last year’s record of 6:04:01.
On the women’s side, Anika Langvad set a new women’s record of a sub 7-hour finish with a time of 6:59:24. Britain’s Sally Bingham time of 7:08:11 put her in second place, but was incredibly impressive, as she shaved an impressive 15+ minutes off last year’s time and course record until yesterday. Rounding out the women’s podium was Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic at 7:33:45.
Four-time women’s champion Rebecca Rusch was riding a different kind of race this year,helping veteran Matt DeWitt reach his own goal, crossing the finish line in a sub-11 time of 10:52. DeWitt was riding with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.
In addition to the elite cyclists were nearly 2,000 other cyclists, including Leadville locals. Leadville’s own Ty Hall who was entered as Transamerica’s Tomorrow Chaser to help raise money for the Leadville Legacy Foundation. As the chaser, Hall started at the back of the race and Transamerica donated $5 to the local foundation for every cyclist he passed. Hall passed 1480 riders during the race and raised $7400 for the Leadville Legacy Foundation.
Today the Leadville Race Series continues with the Leadvilel 10k. Coming up this week Leadville will see the US Pro (Cyclign ) Challenge come through Lake County on Wednesday and Thursday and then it’s the Legendary “Race Across The Sky” 100 -mile run next Saturday and Sunday, August 22 & 23.