While I was eating a leisurely sandwich lunch, some thousands of miles and multiple time zones away, Sally Bigham was starting in the Leadville 100, a challenging mountain bike race that starts in Leadville, Colorado, to see if she can repeat her wins in 2013 and 2014. Also returning to the race is 2014 men’s champion Todd Wells (USA).
The internationally renowned Leadville Trail 100 MTB is a 100-mile ‘Race Across the Sky’ at elevations ranging from 10,152 to 12,424 feet through the Colorado Rockies punishing terrain. Nearly 2,000 riders are participating. The fastest riders are expected at the finish in under 7 hours and there is a 12 hour cut-off for completion of the race.
Apart from these elite MTB riders, two American professional road cyclists, Joe Dombrowski and Ted King, are taking part to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief.
“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.”
Another starter who is raising money for charity is Leadville’s own Ty Hall, who is repeating last year’s performance as Transamerica’s “Tomorrow Chaser”. He starts at the back of the race and Transamerica donates $5 to a local foundation for every cyclist he passes. As a veteran of 15 Leadville Trail 100 MTB races, Ty raised $7285 last year as the Tomorrow Chaser.
You can tune in at Leadvilleraceseries.com/live to watch live updates throughout the race today (Saturday August 13th).
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