Latest News – September 10

Racing News: Films, Foliage and High School Challenge

Did you know that the High School Cycling League Cloud City Challenge will be held in Leadville this weekend? Hosted by the high school Leadville Racing cycling team, the event will be held up at Colorado Mountain College this weekend Saturday and Sunday Sept. 12 & 13.

The Leadville Racing high school cycling team goes through a resistance work out at in preparation for this weekend's high school race. Photo: Coach Kelly

The Leadville Racing high school cycling team goes through a resistance work out at
in preparation for this weekend’s high school race. Photo: Coach Kelly

Last year over 600 high school riders from 55 schools took to the trails keeping the town buzzing with riders, parents, and coaches for a weekend of riding and racing. And this year, the high school league has grown so big that it will now include two divisions, over two days. Starting at just over 10,000 feet, high altitude will definitely play a role in each race, with the north division (Leadville Racing Team) on Saturday and south on Sunday. The course will include portions of the CMC cross-country trail system and 13-miles East Side trail system maintained by the Cloud City Wheelers of Leadville.

“The team has been training hard and is looking forward to racing Saturday on their home course,” said Leadville Racing team coach Bruce Kelly who manages the team with his wife Stacy. The weekend’s schedule will include two divisions, separated into North and South teams.

The Cloud City Challenge is one of the four races begin held for the league that has now grown to over 800 racers. Leadville Raving VolunteersOrganizers could use some extra volunteers for this weekend’s races which would  demonstrate Leadville’s commitment to hosting this race that brings in student athletes and their families from around the state. While the Leadville Racing Team is comprised of student athletes from Lake County High School, the team is not officially part of the school district’s athletic department and therefore relies solely on outside donations, and contributions of time and resources. While the economic benefit is palpable, the event doesn’t happen without the muscle and time of volunteers

To that end, team coaches are encouraging the Leadville community to show its support. Anyone interested can go to and click on the volunteer tab, scroll down to Cloud City Challenge and sign up for whatever might be of interest. If you’re interested in supporting the team, with time or money, you can also contact the team coaches at

 “We invite all locals to come out and cheer on not only the local team, but all the teams competing,” concluded Coach Kelly.

The next race is The Haymaker Classic in Eagle on September 26. The high school cycling season wraps up on October 10 in Nathrop at the Chalk Creek Stampede.

About the Colorado High School Cycling League 
The Colorado High School Cycling League is an independent 501(c)3 registered non-profit. The Colorado League was established in 2009 and is an associate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Founded in 2009 the Colorado League promotes personal development and teamwork through interscholastic cross-country mountain biking. The Colorado League promotes the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the support of our sponsors, the League organizes a first class series of races, provides coach training, and hosts various camps. More about the Colorado LeagueA_Spacer_Thin

Film About Disappearing Cyclist to Be Shown Locally 

Produced by the Grit and Thistle Film Company, The Rider and the Wolf, a feature documentary about the life and mysterious disappearance of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust will be shown twice this week  in Leadville. The Rider and The WolfTonight, September 10, the movie will be shown at 7 p.m. at Cycles of Life, located in downtown Leadville at 309 Harrison Avenue. If you can’t make it tonight, then make it a Leadville Friday Movie Night and catch the show up at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 (plus processing fee) and can be purchased online: HERE

For readers unfamiliar with the story, Rust went missing without a trace in 2009 in a remote part of Colorado. The mystery remains, come and check out his story. A_Spacer_Thin

Mountain Bike Trip for Leadville Kids on October 3

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 3. And locally there is a community effort to get kids out riding, as well as teaching them about bike safety.MBT_Bikers

Trips for Kids Leadville will be held at Lake County High School and teach kids about maintenance, safety and bike handling skills. There will be awesome give-aways and group rides to the trails.  Kids of all ages welcome! Bring your bikes but the group will also have a few for kids to borrow. Volunteers are needed It’s a great way to serve the community and have some outside fun with local kids at the same time! Contact Erin Allaman for details Erin.Allaman@gmail.comA_Spacer_Thin

Flaming Foliage Relay Comes Thru County Sept. 11-12

Switching gears from two wheels to two feet, the Flaming Foliage Relay (FFR) will most likely find most runners coming through Lake County and Leadville tomorrow night, Sept. 11 and into the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 12.

The FFR route begins in Idaho Springs and follows the Frontage Road to Georgetown (8,530 ft). Next is an epic climb to the relay’s first pass, Guanella Pass (11,669 ft). After the descent down the Pass, the next four lucky runners will be on single track and dirt USFS Roads, starting on the Burning Bush Trail, finishing with a classic – Leg 11 over the second pass, Georgia Pass (11,585 ft) to Breckenridge (9,600 ft). Next, runners will run on the bike paths through Frisco (9,075 ft) to the thrid van exchange at Copper Mountain (9,712 ft).A_Spacer_ThinFlame Map

A_Spacer_ThinFrom Copper Mountain, runners will continue south, over the third pass, Fremont Pass (11,318 ft), to the fourth van exchange in Leadville (10,152 ft).After a loop around Turquoise Lake (9,875 ft) and back to Leadville, runners will work their way down the Arkansas River Valley and finish in Buena Vista (7,993 ft) where teams can celebrate by enjoying a meal and a cold one.

The Flaming Foliage Relay is a form of adventure race.  There aren’t any police escorts or pacing crews; the FFR is an adventure-race format that is self-supported and takes place on open trails and roads.  While detailed maps are provided and the course is very well marked, each and every team is expected to support themselves from race start to race finish.

It’s Harvest Season and that Means Fishing Too!

Even though Labor Day is officially in the rear view mirror, the fishing season still has plenty of good days ahead. So as the Fall Hunting season also gets underway, be sure to bring that pole with you!

FlyFishinHere’s the first fishing report of the season for the Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista) brought to you by Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides located in downtown Leadville.


Upper Arkansas River (Between Leadville and Buena Vista) –

Hopper or attractor patterns on top with a dropper is still taking a lot of fish.  Cool and cloudy weather has been supported by strong blue wing hatches in the meadows.  Nymphing when things on top are slow is also a productive approach.  Fly selection should include hoppers, pmx, parachute adams/bwo, small mayfly nymphs and bwo emergers.

The effects of the restoration on the Lake Fork vary from day to day, but for the most part have diminished.  The work as of late has not seemed to have much of an impact on the fishing, although it can cause some staining in the afternoons in the Trust, Reddy and Hayden Meadows – just depends on the day.

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