July 30th-August 1st, 2021


Buckle up! The Stages Cycling Leadville Stage Race takes the course of the historic Leadville Trail 100 MTB and spreads it over three exciting days. Riders get the chance to win daily prizes and maybe even wear the leader’s jersey on days two and three.

All Stage Race participants receive swag worthy of the Leadville legacy, including:

  • Trucker Hat
  • Exclusive Participant T-Shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • Finisher Buckle
    • Large for a sub 8.5-hour finish
    • Small for a sub 11-hour finish
  • Custom Branded Leather Belt
    • For finishers who earn a belt buckle
  • Leadville Race Series Headset Cap (souvenir for your bike)
  • And much more!

Field sizes have been set with Colorado Covid-19 guidelines in mind, and therefore may be smaller than they have been in the past. Our ultimate goal is to host our events this year and we are making changes where necessary. Because of this, events may sell out faster than normal. As we monitor Colorado’s state guidelines, more slots may become available. In this event, we will accept athletes in a rolling order from our waitlist, and then reopen to the public.

General overview of the weekend. Times subject to change.


5pm-7pm Packet Pickup


7am-8:30am Packet Pickup

9am Day 1 Race Start- Lake County Rodeo Grounds

4pm-6:30pm Awards + Post Race Dinner & Entertainment

Course: Rodeo Grounds to Twin Lakes Dam 40 Miles  


9am Day 2 Race Start

4pm-6:30pm Awards + Post Race Dinner & Entertainment

Course: Start and finish at Twin Lakes Dam while climbing/descending Columbine 20 Miles


6am-7:30am Shuttles from the fairgrounds

7:30am Last Shuttle

Course: Start at Twin Lakes Dam and finish at the Lake Country Rodeo Grounds 40 Miles

2021 Stage Race Pricing:

Solo Rider 1/20-1/31
Solo Rider 2/01-6/20
Solo Rider 7/1-7/29
Solo Rider On-site registration 7/29-7/30
Tandem 1/20-1/31
Tandem 2/01-6/20
Tandem 7/1-7/29
Tandem On-site registration 7/29-7/30
Team (2-3 athletes) 1/20-1/31
Team (2-3 athletes) 2/01-6/20
Team (2-3 athletes) 7/1-7/29
Team (2-3 athletes) On-site registration 7/29-7/30

Military and student discounts are offered for our Leadville qualifier events. Please email a photo of your current card to while specifying which event you are inquiring about.

Athlete Guides will be posted 4 weeks prior to Race Day

You can view the 2019 Athlete Guide for reference here.

The 100-mile out-and-back course, split into 3 stages, in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point of 9,200 feet is located at the Twin Lakes dam. The high point is Columbine Mine, at 12,424 feet. The majority of course is on mountain two-track fire roads. A sub 12-hour finish time is required to be considered an official Stage Race Finisher.

Stage 1 — 40 miles
Start at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds and finish at Twin Lakes Dam.

Stage 2 — 20 miles
Start and finish at Twin Lakes Dam while climbing/descending Columbine.

Stage 3 — 40 miles
Start at Twin Lakes Dam and finish at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds.
Distances subject to change.

> View the course map
> View the course profile

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

Virtual course map
Check out our virtual course map — brought to you by Trail Genius — for a complete tour of the Leadville Trail 100 MTB course including video, GPS data, detailed terrain profiles and other key features to get you ready to rock the race.
> View the virtual course map

Aid Stations
Stage 1: Carter Summit aid station at mile 10 and Pipeline aid station at mile 28.
Stage 2: Columbine aid station at mile 8.
Stage 3: Pipeline aid station at mile 13.5 and Carter Summit aid station at mile 32.


On Day 1, the Leadville Stage Race starts at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds, which has plenty of parking available. The Stage 1 finish is located 20 miles south of Leadville at Twin Lakes Dam. Stage 2 begins and ends at the same location, Twin Lakes Dam. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation out to Twin Lakes Dam for Stage 2. Stage 3 begins at Twin Lakes Dam and finishes at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds.

Shuttle service is available from Twin Lakes Dam back to the Lake County Rodeo Grounds on Day 1 and from the Lake County Rodeo Grounds out to Twin Lakes Dam on Day 3. The optional two-day shuttle cost is $10 and can be purchased during registration. Please note: No Bikes are allowed on the shuttles, overnight security is provided at Twin Lakes Dam.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

This event is held on the San Isabel National Forest under a special use permit.

LT100 MTB Qualification System:

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

Riders must line up in their pre-assigned corrals by 6:15 am. Check-in will be at the entry to your starting area. At the time of check-in, we require that all race numbers and timing chips have been affixed to the handlebars of your bike. Race numbers may not be altered. Unregistered bikes are not allowed in starting area.

Riders will be seeded in pre-assigned color-coded corrals. You will receive your corral color at packet pickup when you will receive a colored race number placard. Seeding will be based on your best finish time from either a Leadville qualifier event,  Leadville Trail 100 MTB finish, or a Leadville qualifier event finish. Please see corral chart for reference.

You must start the race in your assigned corral and you will be disqualified if you start the race in a corral not assigned to you. This rule will be strictly enforced.

Corrals will be assigned as follows:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Red
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • White

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 a previous (see corral chart) LT100 MTB finish/qualifier finish, or if you hold a current USAC or UCI Pro Cross Country Elite license. Please enter finish times or email a current photo of your USAC or UCI Pro Cross Country Elite license when prompted during the registration process. However, if you race a qualifier after previously gaining entry, you MUST email Athlete Services a direct link to your individual results so you will be placed accordingly. You will not be placed automatically. Corrals will be assigned as follows:

2021 Stage Race Event Information Coming Soon!

Day 1 Start – Lake County Rodeo Grounds
231 McWethy Drive, Leadville, CO 80461
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Day 1 Finish, Day 2 Start / Finish, Day 3 Start– Twin Lakes Dam 
Take Hwy. 24 south for 11 miles. Turn west on Hwy. 82 for approximately 3/4 mile then left on Lake County Road 25.
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Day 3 Finish – Lake County Rodeo Grounds
231 McWethy Drive, Leadville, CO 80461
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Bike Flights
If you will be handling your own bike assembly and packing and box or case storage, ship your bike with our official bike shipping partner, Bike Flights.

Click here for more information.

Cycles of Life

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.

Our races aim to be 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.

It’s great to see you! Crews and spectators are treated and appreciated equally with the participants and are included in the Leadville Race Series family. Crew pets must be leashed and under control at all times. Crews are welcome at all aid stations except the turnaround. No crew bikes, please. Crews should allow adequate time to park and walk to aid stations. Crew vehicles are not allowed on any dirt road sections of the course. Riders are responsible for the actions of their crews. Crews and spectators will not be allowed to access the base of Powerline or obstruct the junction of the paved road and jeep road where riders leave Powerline to head for Pipeline.

Crews will certainly want to be at the 9 a.m. starts to assist their riders with any last-second needs cheer them on at the sound of the starting gun. Getting to Pipeline, crews should proceed south on Hwy 24 approximately 3 miles, then west on Hwy 300 for a little less than a mile to CR 11/CR 11A “Y” intersection. Follow the slow sweeping right turn on the pavement, uphill and west, onto the gravel road that goes through the gravel pit area. Riders will be on paved CR11, the same road as crews for about a mile, so please drive slowly and use every caution on this stretch of road. Please allow your rider to clear this checkpoint before crewing. Crews should then proceed back to Hwy 24 then south 11 miles. Turn west on Hwy. 82 for approximately ¾ mile then left on Lake County Road 25.

Shuttles will be providing transportation for athletes from the Twin Lakes Dam finish line back to the Lake County Rodeo Grounds. No bikes are allowed on the shuttles, overnight bike storage will be available at Twin Lakes Dam.

From the very beginning, volunteers have made the Leadville Stage Race 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 100MTB, 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!

With further questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator: Richard Naprstek

Although we look forward to seeing you at our events, we understand certain things may come up that prevent you from attending. Check out our deferral tiers for each event and please let us know if you have any questions!

Complete Leadville Events Deferral Policies Here

Visit the link below to view results and photos from the Leadville Stage Race.