Need a nice challenge? Then forget this one. It’s nasty. Cut the Blueprint for Athletes 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.
Our race experience isn't possible without the help of our amazing volunteers. Please email email@example.com if you're interested in supporting this event and having some fun in the process!
Friday, July 8
• 11 a.m. – 7 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 9
• 7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration and packet pickup at base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish area).
• 9 a.m. Race start at base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish area)
• 5:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony at base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish area)
• 4.5 hour cut-off at the halfway point
• 8-hour time limit to complete the race
There will be 3 well-supplied aid stations along the course. Please see course map for locations.
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. Water provided by Eldorado Springs.
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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 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 2015 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2015 or 2016 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 Abby Long at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform her of your finish time and she will then place you accordingly. You will not be placed automatically. Corrals will be assigned as follows:
Throw together a team of three tough riders to represent your shop at the Silver Rush 50 MTB. Teams will be given a discount on registration of $35 per team member ($100 per rider vs. the regular cost of $135). The team with the lowest combined time from all three riders wins an amazing, hand-crafted trophy (pictured at right with 2013 Bike Shop Challenge Champions Team MG Cycle & Sport) to display in their shop for the next year, along with some serious bragging rights.
To register, please email your team contact information to Kerrie at email@example.com.
Track your athlete’s progress, share the race-day excitement and join the Leadville Race Series community! You can receive updates on athletes as they cross points on the course and have them sent directly to your Facebook, Twitter and mobile phone.
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 $15 along with the Awards Form filled out fully to:
Leadville Race Series
Attn: Craig Martin
316 Harrison Ave.
Leadville, CO 80461
*Please note that 2016 awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season, September 20, 2016.
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 Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 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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Please contact Kerrie Bruxvoort at kbruxvoort@lifetimefitness if your shop would like to participate in the Bike Shop Challenge.
Qualifications: Entrants under 18 years must deliver a signed Parental Release & Waiver to race. If under 18 please contact Registration Manager for details prior to registration. Visit our Qualification System page for more information.
Mandatory: Photo ID required at check-in.
Leadville Policy Agreement: Please understand that the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series does not allow refunds or transfers for all race entries and registration fees unless you have purchased the registration refund coverage option and have a covered reason.
If you wish to defer your entry to the 2017 Leadville race season please understand that your entry will roll over only 1 year, for a charge of $30. All deferments must be confirmed by Abby Long, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least one week prior to the race.
Registration Refund: Leadville Race Series now offers a registration refund option. Click here to learn more.
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