Larissa is an adventure junkie who took up ultra endurance racing in 2017 after a few years of racing world cup XCO. She ended a whirlwind summer of competing in every 100 mile race she could find with a win at the Leadville 100MTB. The following year after a second Leadville title and NUE overall title Larissa got Rhabdo in Costa Rica and the consequential break from racing resulted in a baby! Now a mom and high school math teacher Larissa continues to enjoy adventures of all sizes, especially of the gravel variety.
26 Time LV 100 MTB Finisher
“In the early 90’s I was on the US Cross-Country Ski Team and competed in the ’92 Olympics. In the summer of ’94, after my retirement from ski competition, my friend Roger called me up and said “Hey Callahan, they’re doing this crazy 100 mile mountain bike race in Leadville”. We couldn’t believe it. We’d never heard of anyone riding 100 miles on a mountain bike. We didn’t know if it was even possible but decided to go for it. We were the last two riders to cross the start line that morning and we spent the next 9 hours passing almost everyone. I had an awesome time and kept coming back ever since.
Now it’s the different challenges that I face each year that keep me coming back. Some years it’s the challenges before the race that need to be overcome. Other years it’s the challenges that present themselves during the race that keep it exciting. I’m still loving it and will continue to keep showing up at 6th & Harrison each August until it’s no longer fun – but I don’t see that happening any time soon.”
26 Time LV 100 MTB Finisher
“Hi I’m Todd Murray and I’ve completed every LT100 mtb race since it began in 1994. I love this race and have also completed the 100 mile run twice; once as part of the Leadman competition in 2011 when I set the course record and once in 1999 (before Leadman) when I said I would never do it again. I have finished the bike race 22 times under 9 hours. In 2021 I plan on racing again with my daughter Lauren and we hope to better our finish time of 10:19 from 2019.”
“The Leadville Race Series has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am a one time Leadville 100 finisher and veteran crew member- daughter of 26 time finisher, Todd Murray!”
“I raced my first Leadville 100 race and fell in love with Leadville, the people and the journey way back in 2000. Since then I have raced the race I think 14 times now but I have lost count. I have helped hundreds of friends and new acquaintances to prepare for the race over the years and love helping people find out more about themselves as they tackle and finish the race to find out they are tougher than they think they are. In 2020 I was able to be a part of my most favorite one yet when I rode it with my 11 YO son and found out he is way tougher than me.”
“11 years ago I was driving down Harrison avenue and decided to watch the finish of the led the 100 bike. I saw a high school friend come across the finish and decided if he can do it so can I.”
Ray Landry cycling career began in 2016 when a friend invited him to Leadville to be part of his support team for a mountain bike race. Through volunteering during that trip he earned a position on the starting line of what would be his first ever mountain bike race the 2017 Leadville 100MTB and fell in love with the city and race series. 2017 unfortunately lead to a Dnf due to a mechanical. Not willing to give up just yet Ray returned in 2018 for his second start and first finish at 10:30. Armed with a coach and a burning desire to get that big buckle he was back in 2019 for 20+ days on the course studying every foot of elevation, every mile and riding sections after section over and over at different wattage/effort to compare segment times in hopes of getting that extra 1%. Leadville race days that year Including the Stage Race and 100 where he earned a big buckle at both and a 8:54 in the hundred.Leadville is a passion to me. From the first start where I wasn’t sure I would finish to today where I’ll ride the whole 100 mile course for fun.
“Hi! I’m Ryan Petry. I am a professional mountain biker living in Boulder, CO. This year Alexey Vermeulen and I are hosting the “From the Ground Up” project where we are taking 3 entry level riders and preparing them for this race. I’m so excited to be a camp guide for my second year because I love meeting new riders and sharing my knowledge of the race and course so everyone can reach their goals and have the best experience possible. 2021 will be my 7th year racing Leadville and I’m going after my 4th top 10 finish. Look forward to seeing you in July!”
“Hi Everyone! I have been involved with the race series since 2012 both as a racer and a guide. I am excited to spend the weekend and share ideas on course strategies, nutrition, pacing and best places for smiles! I look forward to spending the weekend with you all!!”
“I found Mountain Biking by way of triathlon, first traditional and then Xterra. After years of multisport racing I chose to focus on my favorite of the three disciplines, obvi cycling, MTB to be specific! I competed in my first LT 100 MTB race in 2010 after earning a spot through the Life Time essay contest as a member. Not long afterward, my wife and I moved from Arizona back to our true home of Colorado, where I leveraged my USA Cycling and USA Triathlon coaching certifications to begin my career with Life Time. Over the last decade as a Life Time team member, I have navigated the ranks in the training department, experiencing virtually every position that interfaces with athletes and members alike. I have coached everyone from pro/elites to novice health enthusiasts and loved every interaction I’ve been blessed to have. Nothing brings me joy like pursuing my calling to facilitate growth in others through health and fitness… except when I can do it on a bike! I’m stoked to serve in my 7th year as a camp guide and coach, and look forward to the relationships I’ll build again this summer!”
“This is my 20th consecutive and 19th official Leadman season (2020 was unofficial and fully self supported). Other LRS Milestones: I have 12 Siver King finishes, all 5 LT100 MTB Stage Race finishes, and in 20I9, I raced my 100th LRS race! I started my LRS journey in 2003 with the inaugural Leadman season and I’ve been running, biking, and guiding, on the high mountain trails surrounding Leadville ever since. I look forward to meeting all of our new camp participants this year and helping them reach their ultimate goal and their own personal milestones, as well! Cheers, Chris”
“My first introduction to the Leadville Race Series was in 2020 riding the LT100 MTB. Jimmy Buffett mentioned Leadville in a song, and I was curious where it was. Little did I know what a hold this wonderful mountain town would have on me. I moved here the minute I could, and have yet to grow tired of the beauty that surrounds me. I can’t wait to share it with you!”
“Hey! My name is Alexey Vermeulen and I ride bikes a lot! I got into the sport through the road when I was younger and progressed all the way up to the World Tour (highest level) before deciding I wanted to play around in the dirt a little more. Since 2018 I have been racing gravel and mountain bikes in the US and enjoying the process of attempting to break down barriers that exist in our sport. I got connected with the LT family through a project I am working on called: From the Ground Up. A friend, Ryan Petry (also a coach at camp) are helping 3 riders who recently found the sport take on the Leadville Trail 100 this year! Excited to meet you all at camp and share some tips and tricks to get your through the race!”
“I have a passion for mountain biking and with my husband, Bryson Perry we run a national junior development program that helps junior cyclists achieve their dreams. I may not be a pro cyclist but I am pro at crewing and support. As I have crewed my husband through too many Leadville’s to count. I am also a finisher of the Leadville 100 MTB race and I am racing again this year. I have so much passion for Leadville that we did our own “Unofficial Race” in 2020, it was an incredible experience as a family that I will never ever forget. One more thing that makes Leadville so special to me is that this is the place where I fell in love with my now husband. Watching him achieve his goals and push through this incredible event was all I needed to seal the deal!”
“My name is Matt Malone. I live in Boulder, CO. I am a Turbomachinery Engineer and own a small business, Barber-Nichols, in Arvada, CO where we design and manufacture rocket engine turbopumps, torpedo propulsion systems and other exotic rotating machines. My wife (Alex) and I bought land in Leadville in 2020 and look forward to having a small mountain getaway! I got involved in Leadville Race Series in 2016 when my triathlon coach pushed me to explore mountain biking in between two Ironmans (IM Boulder & IM Kona) as a means to stay in shape and explore Colorado. In short, I fell in love and started participating in the Leadville 100 MTB Camp, Leadville Stage Race and Leadville 100 MTB just about every year since. I love the Leadville community and look forward to any opportunity to spend time in the area!”
“I raced in the first Leadville Trail 100 race in 1994 and then again in 1995, 1997 and 1998. I won it all four times and set the course record for women in 1997 (7:58:53) that stuck for 13 years until Rebecca Rusch beat it. I raced mountain bikes professionally in the 1990’s and then went back to my career as a geologist and had a family. In 2009 and 2011, I won the Silver Rush 50 for women and for the past 10 years I have been coming back to Leadville in the winter to skijor and fatbikejor race with dogs at the Mt. Massive Mush. I still love to race, as it gives me great purpose in training, and I am a Masters National Champion in 2017 and 2018 for women 55-59. I have two daughters who race on the Montrose High School and CMU college mountain bike teams, so I’m thrilled my daughters love to ride bikes. I am the director and one of the coaches of our high school MTB team, so I love getting kids on mountain bikes and teaching them skills for riding and racing.”
“I started racing mountain bikes when parents opened a bike shop in Arizona in ’92. Long, successful career in Xterra Racing with top amateur finishes at the World Champs. Now a mom of 2 kids; 5 and 7 and racing now just for the love of big mountain adventure. Shares passion of the sport with the world as owner and race producer of The Specialized Cactus Cup Mountain Bike Stage Race. Leadville; It’s part of our family! My brother is the long-time ‘voice on the microphone’ for the Leadville Series. I used to help him set up for the Awards Ceremony and got to know Ken and Merilee. My husband now works with the series and gave me the motivation to try the 100-mile course!”
Our AMAZING Roxanne will not be able to ride at the 2021 MTB Camp due to a crash earlier this spring but will still be hanging out helping as much as she can.
“I was born and raised in Leadville and began mountain biking with my husband, Ty Hall in the mid 90s. After my husband did a couple of the first Leadville 100s, I decided that I really wanted to try it. It has become a big part of my life and this year will be my 19th 100!”