Wells, Bigham for 3-Peat LT100 MTB Championship
Both the top male and female at last Saturdays’ Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) Mountain Bike Race racked up a three-peat championship as they crossed the finihs line. Todd Wells of Durango, Colo. took top podium spot with a 6:19:43 time, adding to his 2011 and 2014 victories in Leadville. Second place went to Joe Drombrowski who finished in 6:22:40. Jeremiah Bishop rounded out the top three in 6:28:47.
In the women’s division, it was Britain’s Sally Bigham that tallied the three-peat, in-a-row (2013-15) for the top womne’s spot with a 7:05:47 finish time. Bigham was by herself most of the race marking nearly an hour lead from second place finisher Lorenza Morfin (Mexico) at 8:01:02 and Colorado’s own Jennifer Smith at 8:04:19.
This year’s race saw nearly 2,000 riders from all 50 states and 27 countries participate. In addition, Leadville’s own Ty Hall competed as Transamerica’s Tomorrow Chaser to help raise money for the Leadville Legacy Foundation. Hall started at the back of the race and Transamerica donated $5 to the local foundation for every cyclist he passed. This year, Hall passed more than 1200 riders during the race and raised more than $6,000 for the Leadville Legacy Foundation. Professional ultra-runner Mike Aish who is competing in the Leadman Series this year, completed his first LT100 MTB in 8:19:30 and is currently chasing a new Leadman record.
Next up on the race calendar is the one where it all began: “The Race Across the Sky.” This Saturday, Aug. 20 there will be 750 participants running the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance. The granddaddy of them all still draws thousands of participants to Leadville each year for a demanding 100-mile out-and-back course with total elevation range, or climb, of more than 18,000 feet.
The following schedule was released by the Leadville/Lake County Office of emergency Management Public Information Officer outlining traffic impact from the Leadville Trail 100 Run that will effect flow throughout the County Thursday thru Sunday, August 18-21. On Saturday, Aug. 20 the trails used for this race will be open and available to all users of the trails and roads.
Emergency officials are asking everyone, please take note of traffic in the city and around the county. Be observant of bikers, pedestrians, and other traffic. Here are details for this event so that participants, spectators, visitors and locals can plan accordingly:
- Thursday, Aug. 18 * 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Packet pickup at 316 Harrison
- Friday, Aug. 19 * 7 – 10 a.m. Packet pickup at 316 Harrison
- Friday, Aug. 19 * 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pre-race Expo at the parking lot at Lake County High School, 1000 West 4th Street.
- Friday, Aug. 19 * 11 a.m. Mandatory athlete meeting at Lake Co. High School gym
- Friday, Aug. 19 * 12:30 p.m. Carbo-loading lunch following athlete meeting
- Friday, Aug. 19 * 3 – 5 p.m. Supply bag drop-off at Courthouse lawn.
- Saturday, Aug 20 * 3 – 3:45 a.m. Racers and spectators will gather at 6th & Harrison
- Saturday, Aug 20 * 4 a.m. Start of the Leadvilel Trail 100 Run
- Sunday, Aug. 21 * 12 Noon. Athlete awards at Lake Co. High School
- Sunday,Aug. 21 * 12 – 3 p.m. Finishers Sweatshirt handout – 316 Harrison
There will be 11 aid stations located along the LT100 Run course. Racers, spectators, and crew teams, be aware of congestion areas, parking restrictions and traffic flow. Colorado State Patrol will be vigilant on State highways in any congested area. Do not park in the road or in any location that is coned off.