Since 1994, the Leadville Trail 100 has been attracting thousands of racers to the Colorado community. This year, 1,500 participants from 48 states and 21 countries will race on single- and double-track dirt roads on the 104-mile out-and-back course, featuring 11,600 feet of climbing and peak elevation of 12,600 feet at Columbine Mine.
Some of the greatest names in U.S. mountain biking—including 10 current and past National Champions, six U.S. Olympians, and four Mountain Bike Hall of Famers—will compete in the Life Time Fitness Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky August 14. The renowned event is the original ultra-distance mountain bike event, beginning and ending in the heart of Leadville, Colorado, located 100 miles west of Denver.
Led by major stars of the sport, this year’s field is poised to break the Leadville Trail 100 course record of 6:28:50, set in 2009 by seven-time Tour de France Champion, Lance Armstrong. Challenging Armstrong’s bid to repeat as Champion will be six-time Leadville Champion Dave Wiens, who bested Armstrong in 2008. Together, the two remain the only riders to ever finish the course in less than seven hours.
Based on past course results, approximately 65% of riders are expected to finish within the event’s 12-hour time limit and receive the coveted Leadville Trail 100 silver and gold belt buckle.
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