SILVER RUSH 50 MTB
SILVER RUSH 50 MTB
Need a nice challenge? Then forget this one. It’s nasty. Cut the Leadville Trail 100 MTB in half, remove all the easy parts, throw in technical descents, burning lungs and wild animals and you’ll have a good understanding of what you’re about to get into.
Friday, July 6
•3 p.m – 9 p.m.. Registration and packet pickup at LRS Headquarters, 316 Harrison Ave. Photo ID required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be mailed or given to others.
Saturday, July 7
• 6 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.. Registration and packet pickup at base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish area).
• 8 a.m. Race start at base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish area)
Wave Start Time Estimated Finish Time
Wave #1 8:00 a.m. Sub 6:00 hours
Wave #2 8:05 a.m. 6:00 to 7:00 hours
Wave #3 8:10 a.m 7:00 to 8:00 hours.
• 4:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony at base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish area)
• 4.5 hour cut-off will be located just before the Stumptown Aid Station
• 8-hour time limit to complete the race and be eligible for the LT 100 spots. Beyond this cutoff, athletes that remain ahead of the sweep and finish the full course will be given a finishers medal, but not included in the final results.
There will be 3 well-supplied aid stations along the course. Please see course map for locations.
Check out the 2017 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.
DIRECTIONS TO THE START / FINISH – DUTCH HENRI HILL
The Silver Rush 50 MTB course starts and finishes at the base of Dutch Henri Hill, located just below Colorado Mountain College on Highway 24 South.
From the intersection of Harrison and 6th (stop light in the middle of town):
- Go south for 1.2 miles on Harrison/Hwy 24
- Pass USFS building on right, CMC sign on left
- Arrive at start /finish
PARKING AT THE START / FINISH
Parking is located at the Colorado Mountain College. NO Parking is allowed on either side of Highway 24 or Lake County 41. If you park along these roads, you will be ticketed and towed. There are parking attendants on staff for the Silver Rush 50 and there is no charge to park. Overflow parking is located at the Community Park/Rodeo Grounds parking areas located just west of the Intersection of McWethy and West 6th Street. Please use the crossing located on the Mineral Belt Trail to cross Highway 24. Colorado State Patrol will be monitoring pedestrian travel for safety.
The best place to view your athlete during the Race is at one of the Aid Stations. There are two aid stations along the course: Printer Boy (mile 14.5 & 35.3) and Stumptown (mile 24.4).
Directions to Silver Rush Aid Stations
All directions start from the intersection of Harrison and 6th (stop light in the middle of town):
Printer Boy (39°13’37.74”N, 106°15’2.69”W)
- Drive east on 6th for 0.4 miles
- Turn right (south) on Hazel St, go 0.4 miles
- Continue on S. Toledo/County Rd-2
- Follow pavement for 3.3 miles to aid station
Stumptown (39°15’8.93”N, 106°13’59.82”W)
- Drive east on 6th for 0.7 miles
- Turn left at Fryer St, go 300 yards
- Turn right at County Rd-3, go 2 miles
- Slight right at County Rd-3B, go 0.7 miles
SPECTATOR FOOD & BEVERAGE
Food will be available for purchase near the finish line. There are also numerous fantastic restaurants in and around Leadville offering everything from hearty home cooking to gourmet dining. Click here for more information on Dining in Leadville.
The 50-mile out-and-back course takes racers through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville, passing many grand and historic gold and silver mines. It will begin at the Cloud City Ski Hut (located just below Colorado Mountain College on Hwy 24 on the south end of Leadville). None of the roads used will be closed to vehicle traffic, so please use caution. The courses will be well marked with fluorescent pink-and-black-striped ribbon and chalk arrows.
Fully-stocked aid stations will be available.
> View Aid Station Directions (PDF)
Please note: Due to safety restrictions on the course wheelchair participation is not permitted.
Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the 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.
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 2017 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2017 or 2018 qualifier event finish time, or if you hold a current USAC or UCI 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@lt.life 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:
Please note that due to overall course finishing times, athletes must achieve a sub 7:00 hour time at Barn Burner to qualify for the GOLD corral.
**CORRAL ASSIGNMENT TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE LEADVILLE RACE SERIES.**
Awards Ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes after final completion of the race. If you do not attend the award ceremony to receive your award you must send a check made out to the Leadville Race Series for $25 along with the Awards Form filled out fully to:
Leadville Race Series
213 Harrison Ave.
Leadville, CO 80461
*Please note that 2018 awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season, September 2018.
Engraved bike rotor plaques will be awarded 3 deep in each division. Age groups are male/female in 10 year increments (20-29, 30-39, etc.). All riders will receive a participant T-shirt, and riders completing the race within the allotted finish time will receive a finisher medal and Silver Rush 50 MTB finisher mug.
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.
From the very beginning, volunteers have made the Silver Rush 50 MTB 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 Silver Rush 50 MTB, 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!
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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.
If you have registered for the 2018 race but are unable to participate, you may defer your registration to next year’s event for a fee. Please note that deferrals must be requested at least ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
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 2019 event. Please keep this in a safe place to register with when we open our 2019 event registration! If you have any questions about the deferral process, please contact Athlete Services.