Latest News – August 16

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.

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The 2016 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Champion Todd Wells crosses the finish line with a 6:19:43 winning time and a big congratulations from his wife, in red. Also pictured are  Abby Long (left) with the Leadville Race Series and Merilee Maupin (right) former LT100 MTB race director. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

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.

From the first to the last: Derrick Scott from Jersey City, N.J. was the last official racer to roll across the red carpet with a time of 11:57:52. Congratulations, Scott you earned every second, every mile of that belt buckel. Photo: Leadville Today.

From the first to the last: Derrick Scott from Jersey City, N.J. was the last official racer to roll across the red carpet with a time of 11:57:52. Congratulations, Scott you earned every second, every mile of that belt buckle. Photo: Leadville Today.

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. 

Peak Pasta is seeing some peak business with the LT100 racers. Leadville's latest food truck is parked right across from race headquraters on the corner of 4th & historic Harrison Avenue. #CarbLoad. Photo: Leadville Today

Peak Pasta is seeing some peak business with the LT100 racers. Leadville’s latest food truck is parked right across from race headquraters on the corner of 4th & historic Harrison Avenue. #CarbLoad. Photo: Leadville Today

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. 

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The Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame members served up the suds at the LT100 MTB finish line as a fundraiser for the local non-profits which honors past and present day Leadville athletes. Pictured from left to right are: Miguel Martinez, Felicia Roeder, and Karen Fenske. Cheers to a good job, team! Photo: Leadville Today.

The Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame members served up the suds at the LT100 MTB finish line as a fundraiser for the local non-profits which honors past and present day Leadville athletes. Pictured from left to right are: Miguel Martinez, Felicia Roeder, and Karen Fenske Lewis. Cheers to a good job, team! Photo: Leadville Today.

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