Applications for LeadBoat were accepted in the Fall of 2019 and 50 athletes were selected. During the selection process, applications for entry into the challenge were reviewed with credentials including riders’ motivating factors, proudest accomplishments, past experiences in ultra-endurance events and parity. As both parties continue to advocate for more equal representation on the start line in cycling events, participation in the LeadBoat challenge will be equal parts male and female.
Additionally, anyone who is currently registered for the 2021 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 AND the SBT GRVL Black course will be considered an official LeadBoat Challenge athlete. LeadBoat athletes will receive emails leading up to the event about specific details regarding LeadBoat and will have a special number plate on their bike for race day.