Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race 2017-03-21T16:51:21+00:00

Leadville Stage Race Registration Is OPEN!



JULY 28 – 30, 2017

Buckle up! The Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race takes the course of the historic Leadville Trail 100 MTB and spreads it over three exciting days. Riders get the chance to win daily prizes and maybe even wear the leader’s jersey on days two and three.

Still looking for a spot in the sold-out LT100 MTB in August? Riders at the Leadville Stage Race will have a 1-in-4 chance of scoring a qualifying spot for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Already in? This is the perfect training opportunity to get you race-ready by riding the same renowned course. 

All Stage Race participants receive swag worthy of the Leadville legacy, including:

  • Finisher buckle (large for a sub 8.5-hour finish and small for a sub 10.5-hour finish)
  • Custom branded leather belt
  • Leadville Race Series headset cap (souvenir for your bike)
  • Headsweats trucker hat
  • Exclusive T-shirt
  • And much more!


Thursday, July 27
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Optional pre-race packet pickup at Leadville Race Series Retail Store (316 Harrison Ave.)

Friday, July 28
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Packet pickup and mandatory racer check-in at Lake County Rodeo Grounds

9:00 a.m. RACE START

4:00 p.m. ‐ 6:30 p.m. Post-race meal, entertainment and a daily award ceremony

Saturday, July 29
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Mandatory racer check-in at Lost Canyon aid station

9:00 a.m. RACE START

4:00 p.m. ‐ 6:30 p.m. Post-race meal, entertainment and a daily award ceremony

Sunday, July 30
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Mandatory racer check-in at Lost Canyon aid station

9:00 a.m. RACE START

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Expo and post-race party (Lunch, music and beer) at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds

2:00 p.m. Awards ceremony

2017 Athlete Guide – Coming Soon!

Check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.
> View the Athlete Guide

The 100-mile out-and-back course, split into 3 stages, in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point of 9,200 feet is located at the Twin Lakes dam. The high point is Columbine Mine, at 12,424 feet. The majority of course is on mountain two-track fire roads. A sub 12-hour finish time is required to be considered an official Stage Race Finisher.

Stage 1 — 42 miles
Start at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds and finish at Lost Canyon.

Stage 2 — 16 miles
Start and finish at Lost Canyon while climbing/descending Columbine.

Stage 3 — 42 miles
Start at Lost Canyon and finish at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds.
Distances subject to change.

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> View the course profile

Please note: Due to safety restrictions on the course wheelchair participation is not permitted.

Virtual course map
Check out our virtual course map — brought to you by Trail Genius — for a complete tour of the Leadville Trail 100 MTB course including video, GPS data, detailed terrain profiles and other key features to get you ready to rock the race.
> View the virtual course map

Aid Stations
Stage 1: Carter Summit aid station at mile 10 and Pipeline aid station at mile 28.
Stage 2: Columbine aid station at mile 8.
Stage 3: Pipeline aid station at mile 13.5 and Carter Summit aid station at mile 18.


On Day 1, the Leadville Stage Race starts at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds, which has plenty of parking available. The Stage 1 finish is located 20 miles south of Leadville at Lost Canyon. Stage 2 begins and ends at the same location, Lost Canyon. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation out to Lost Canyon for Stage 2. Stage 3 begins at Lost Canyon and finishes at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds.

Shuttle service is available from Lost Canyon back to the Lake County Rodeo Grounds on Day 1 and from the Lake County Rodeo Grounds out to Lost Canyon on Day 3. The optional two-day shuttle cost is $10 and can be purchased during registration

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.




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100 - 200







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Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 MTB, based on the total number of registered riders at each qualifier event. Half of the qualifying spots will be allocated based on the top age-group performances and half will be drawn among riders who have finished the qualifier race within the allocated cut-off time.

Qualifying slots will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony. There will be 25-100 slots per qualifying event. Qualifying slot winners MUST BE PRESENT, as the roll-down qualifiers rule will be in effect at each event. All qualifier slots will be awarded and redeemed on race day. You must pay your entry to the LT100 when you accept your slot. You will have the option to register for the current year or the following year’s LT100 and must decide when accepting your qualification slot. All entries into the LT100 are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

> Visit our LT100 MTB Qualification System page for more information

As one of the most well known mountain bike races on earth, getting into the Leadville Trail 100 MTB has always been difficult. LT100 Qualifiers are long and tough, with lots of climbing. They are similar to the classic course at Leadville in that they consist mainly of rugged jeep roads of gravel and dirt. A qualifier event could not only gain you entry into the LT100 MTB, but it could also boost your corral starting position in the Race Across the Sky!

Rider starting positions will be organized in color-coded corrals. These positions will be based on a finish time from the 2016 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2016 or 2017 qualifier event finish time, or if you hold a current USCI Pro Elite license. Please enter finish times or license numbers when prompted during the registration process. However, if you race a qualifier after previously gaining entry, you MUST email Athlete Services at QCooper@lifetimefitness.com to inform them of your finish time so you will be placed accordingly. You will not be placed automatically. Corrals will be assigned as follows:

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The Awards Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 at Lake County Rodeo Grounds. All awards and finisher medals will be presented at this time and must be picked up in person.

Day 1 Start – Lake County Rodeo Grounds
231 McWethy Drive, Leadville, CO 80461
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Day 1 Finish, Day 2 Start / Finish – Lost Canyon Road
From Leadville, follow US-24 E (approx. 17 miles). Turn right onto County Rd 398 / Granite (just past the Granite Store). Follow County Rd 398 / Granite for 2.7 miles, finish is on the right.
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(Alternate route)
Take Hwy. 24 south for 11 miles. Turn west on Hwy. 82 for approximately 1/2 mile then left over the cattle guard toward the Lost Canyon (base of Columbine Climb) aid station.

Day 3 Finish – Lake County Rodeo Grounds
231 McWethy Drive, Leadville, CO 80461
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Cycles of Life
Cycles of Life is a full service bike shop right in the town of Leadville, providing shipping services, all types of minor and major repair, tune-ups, custom wheel building, suspension and fork overhauls, bike fitting and more. To make things easy for you, have your bike shipped directly to the shop where Cycles of Life will unpack, assemble, inspect, fully tune and prepare your bike for race day. Post-race, simply drop off your ride and Cycles of Life will repack and ship to your destination.

Click here for Cycles of Life shipping package options and details.

Our races are Zero Waste events. Look for recycle and compost bins at every aid station and start/finish. Please discard any trash in an appropriate container. Intentional littering on the course will be grounds for disqualification. The course—on trails both public and private—travels past many historic sites and through areas of exceptional beauty. Help us keep them pristine.

We will be recycling all plastic, aluminum and cardboard during these races, and all our events. We’ll take care of this at the aid stations. At the start/finish, please ensure you place trash or recyclable materials in the appropriate containers, which will be well marked.

It’s great to see you! Crews and spectators are treated and appreciated equally with the participants and are included in the Leadville Race Series family. Crew pets must be leashed and under control at all times. Crews are welcome at all aid stations except the turnaround. No crew bikes, please. Crews should allow adequate time to park and walk to aid stations. Crew vehicles are not allowed on any dirt road sections of the course. Riders are responsible for the actions of their crews. Crews and spectators will not be allowed to access the base of Powerline or obstruct the junction of the paved road and jeep road where riders leave Powerline to head for Pipeline.

Crews will certainly want to be at the 9 a.m. starts to assist their riders with any last-second needs cheer them on at the sound of the starting gun. Getting to Pipeline, crews should proceed south on Hwy 24 approximately 3 miles, then west on Hwy 300 for a little less than a mile to CR 11/CR 11A “Y” intersection. Follow the slow sweeping right turn on the pavement, uphill and west, onto the gravel road that goes through the gravel pit area. Riders will be on paved CR11, the same road as crews for about a mile, so please drive slowly and use every caution on this stretch of road. Please allow your rider to clear this checkpoint before crewing. Crews should then proceed back to Hwy 24 to Granite. Turn right (West) just past the Granite store. Follow this dirt road to the marked crew area and the Lost Canyon start/finish area.

Volunteers will direct the parking. This area gets very congested, so we ask your help and patience, and that you follow the instructions of the traffic control volunteers without question. Another way to access this crew area is to take: Hwy. 24, then south 11 miles. Turn west on Hwy. 82 for approximately 1/2 mile then left over the cattle guard toward the Lost Canyon (base of Columbine Climb) aid station.

There may be some riders without a crew who would appreciate your help. Remember, you may help a rider with any need, except that the riders must carry their own tools and personally perform all repairs or adjustments to their mountain bike. Crews may furnish the replacement parts.

There is absolutely no crewing or spectating at the Twin Lakes Dam!

From the very beginning, volunteers have made the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race possible. We truly appreciate all that our great volunteers do to make our races run smoothly and to make the racers’ experience unforgettable. If you are going to be in town for the Leadville Stage Race, we would love for you to join the family and pitch in. Thanks in advance for your help — we couldn’t do it without you!
Click the HERE to learn more!

If you have registered for the 2017 race but are unable to participate, you may defer your registration to next year’s event for a fee.

To sign up for a deferral, log into your Chronotrack account and follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Once you are logged in, click on “Change Race” in the upper right corner.
  • Step 2: Click on “Defer my registration for another event.”
  • Step 3: Click “Continue”
  • Step 4: You will see the fee to change – click on “Proceed to Checkout”
  • Step 5: Enter in your payment information.

Please note: You will receive an email with your deferral code for the 2018 event. Please keep this in a safe place to register with when we open our 2018 event registration! If you have any questions about the deferral process, please contact Athlete Services.


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