BLUEPRINT FOR ATHLETES SILVER RUSH 50 MTB

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.

Friday, July 7
• 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 8
• 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)

Course Cut-offs
• 4.5 hour cut-off at the halfway point
• 8-hour time limit to complete the race

Aid Stations
There will be 3 well-supplied aid stations along the course. Please see course map for locations.

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

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.

> View Course Map (PDF)
> View Course Profile

Aid Stations
Fully-stocked aid stations will be available. Water provided by Eldorado Springs.
> View Aid Station Directions (PDF)

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

Share the pain with a friend! Enter our new team relay option and you’ll have twice the fun. There’s 25 miles of adventure waiting for both of you.

Since the SR50 start is so exciting and we don’t want anyone to miss out, both team members will run to the top of Dutch Henri Hill. Bragging rights and two sets of Avid Guide brakes will go to the first team to the top, so grab a friend and register today!

  FIRST 250 250-500 500+
Solo $115 $125 $135
Tandem $175 $185 $205
Bike Shop Challenge $100 per participant (must have 3 team members)
Relay $175 $185 $205

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.

> 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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Bike Shop Challenge trophyThrow together a team of three or four tough riders to represent your shop at the Silver Rush 50 MTB. Teams will pay $100 per rider. The team with the lowest combined time from all 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.

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 2017 awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season, September 2017.

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.

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