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Leadville Trail 100 Keeps ‘Em Spinning

Tomorrow, August 13, nearly 2,000 riders will roll up to the start line of one of the world’s most grueling ultra-races: The Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) Mountain Bike Race, produced by Life TimeSM, The Healthy Way of Life Company. Ranging in elevations from 10,152 to 12,424 feet through punishing terrain, the internationally renowned LT100 MTB tests racers’ mettle to ‘Race Across the Sky’. Spac_50

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Returning this year is 2014 defending champion Todd Wells and 2013 and 2014 women’s champion Sally Bingham of Great Britain. Other professional road cyclists include Joe Dombrowski and Ted King who will be competing and raising funds for World Bicycle Relief. An array of other participants are racing to help raise awareness for organizations like First Descents, Phoenix Patriot Foundation, Ride 2 Recovery, and more.

Leadville’s own Ty Hall will be entered for the second year as Transamerica’s Tomorrow Chaser to help raise money for the Leadville Legacy Foundation. As the Tomorrow Chaser, Hall starts at the back of the race and Transamerica donates $5 to the local foundation for every cyclist he passes; last year, Hall raised $7,285.  This will be Hall’s 15th Leadville Trail 100 MTB race.

“Every year, competitors from across the country and around the world come to Leadville to push their limits and see what they are made of at this iconic race,” says Josh Colley, race director, Leadville Race Series.

“Seeing the pros attempt to smash course records to first-time competitors complete the race is something that inspires all of us to become a little stronger and improve our own healthy way of life journeys.”

The infamous LT100 Powerline, technical going down and a real bike-pusher coming up. Photo: Leadville Today archives

The infamous LT100 Powerline, technical going down and a real bike-pusher coming up. Photo: Leadville Today archives

  

Even the runners are getting in the saddle tomorrow. Racing this year for the first time, are LT100 Run champion Rob Krar and Mike Aish, an athlete who often finds himself at the top of the heap among runners. This year, Aish is vying for the Leadman 2016 title, propelling him to compete in the five challenging events, which includes 100 miles on the bike tomorrow. 

If you can’t be there in person this year, portions of the race will be streamed live including the start. Viewers can tune in HERE before the start at 6:20 a.m. to watch the start at 6:30 a.m. There will also be other live updates throughout the race.   Here’s a timeline for the day:

  • 6:30 a.m. – START of the LT100 MTB.
  • 12:20-1:30 p.m. – Champions and top finishers are expected to cross the finish line. 
  • 3:30 p.m. – 9-hour cut-off time for the gold and silver trophy buckle.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 12-hour final cut-off time for completion of the race and the silver buckle. 

For more information and complete results visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com.

The 2016 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race starts at 6:30 a.m. on August 13 in downtown Leadville.

The 2016 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race starts at 6:30 a.m. on August 13 in downtown Leadville.

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