BLUEPRINT FOR ATHLETES LEADVILLE STAGE RACE

A new addition to a historic race – your challenge remains the difficult course that made the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 MTB famous, but now we are spreading it over three exciting days. With a stage race format, you will be able to put the hammer down even faster and bring a team if you choose. You will get a chance to win daily prizes and maybe even wear the leader’s jersey on days two and three. In addition, there are many ways to gain entry into the sold-out LT100 MTB in August! Already in? This is the perfect training opportunity to get you race-ready by riding the same renowned course.

Think you’re fast? Just beat Alban Lakata’s course record (5:58:35) time splits on any of the three stages and you automatically earn a spot in the LT100! If a relay is more your style, it’s time to pull together a couple ringers. A team can be 2-3 riders, each rider racing one of the days. The fastest team effort is also given a LT100 entry!

As with our other qualifiers, we have spots waiting for the best age group results and a random lottery drawing as well. 

2015-Leadville-Stage-Race-SwagHeld over three gripping days, this race comes complete with 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!

In addition, we’ll treat you to a complimentary bike clean, tune and secure storage between stages, and an amazing post-ride party with food, drink and live music after each stage.

Thursday, July 27
• 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Optional pre-race packet pickup
Leadville Race Series Retail Store (316 Harrison Ave.)
Photo ID required. Packets must be picked up in person and will not be given to others.

Friday, July 28
• 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Packet pickup and mandatory racer check-in
Lake County Rodeo Grounds
Photo ID required. Packets must be picked up in person and will not be given to others.
• 9:00 a.m. RACE START
• 4:00 p.m. ‐ 6:30 p.m. Post-race meal, entertainment and a daily award ceremony
Sayer-McKee Building, KW Plaza (615 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO 80461)

Saturday, July 29
• 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Mandatory racer check-in
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
Sayer-McKee Building, KW Plaza (615 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO 80461)

Sunday, July 30
• 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Mandatory racer check-in
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

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

> View the course map
> 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.

Water provided by Eldorado Springs.

Transportation
The Leadville Stage Race start on day one is at the Lake County Fair Grounds which has plenty of parking available. The Stage 1 finish is located 20 miles south of Leadville at Lost Canyon. During registration, athletes are asked if you need a shuttle ride back to your vehicle at the Rodeo Grounds. Overnight secure bike storage is located at Lost Canyon and will be offered for all athletes including those riding the shuttle back to Leadville. Many racers will have people meeting them at the finish and not need a ride back to town. Stage 2 begins and ends at the same location, that being Lost Canyon. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation to Lost Canyon for Stage 2. Stage 3 will begin at Lost Canyon and finish at the Rodeo Grounds in Leadville. Shuttle service will offered during registration again for an additional $10, from the Rodeo Grounds at 6 a.m. out to Lost Canyon so that your vehicle will be located at the finish line after the race. Cost for the two-day event shuttle service is an additional $10.

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

  JAN 14-JUL 28
Solo $375
Tandem $450
Teams $680
 

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 Leadville@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 26 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 providing biking shipping service for the 2016 Leadville Stage Race event.

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!

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