STAGES CYCLING LEADVILLE STAGE RACE

July 28th-July 30th, 2023

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 Stem Cap (souvenir for your bike)

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

Registration and Packet Pickup

  • 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: LRS Retail Store – 316 Harrison Ave
    • Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be mailed or given to others.
    • No on-site Registration

Friday, July 28th, 2022

Registration and Packet Pickup

Drop Bag Drop Off

  • 7:30am-8:45am
  • Location: Lake County Rodeo Grounds – 6th Ave & McWethy
  • Drop bags must be a clear plastic bag with no liquids
  • Neutral Tech – Cycles of Life will be onsite for neutral support for any last minute quick check overs!

Race Start – Day 1 – 40 Miles

  • 9:00am
  • Start – Location: Lake County Rodeo Grounds – 6th Ave & McWethy
  • Finish – Twin Lakes Dam

Race Shuttles

  • 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Twin Lakes Dam to Lake County Rodeo Grounds – 6th Ave & McWethy
  • Race Shuttles will be taking racers back to the Lake County Rodeo Grounds
  • Bikes are not allowed on Shuttles. There will be overnight security.

Note: If you did not sign up for a race shuttle during registration, you may purchase a seat for $10 at packet pick up (based on availability).

Awards/ Post-Race Dinner / Entertainment

Saturday, July 29th, 2023

Race Start- Day 2 – 2o Miles

  • 9:00am
  • Start: Twin Lakes Dam – Intersection of Highway 82 and County Road 25 – directions
  • Finish: Twin Lakes Dam
  • Note: Athletes are expected to drive to the day 2 race start at Twin Lakes Dam (directions). Carpooling is highly encouraged to limit traffic and parking issues. There are no shuttles for day 2.
    • Parking Areas at Twin Lakes – HERE this is approximate, do not drive over plant life, be respectful of the land.
    • Athletes can leave their bikes at the Twin Lakes Dam after Day 2 finish. Overnight security will be provided.
  • Neutral Tech – Cycles of Life will be onsite for neutral support, or check on any mechanical issues

Awards/ Post-Race Dinner / Entertainment

Sunday, July 30th, 2023

Race Shuttles

  • 6:00am-7:30am
  • Location: Lake County Rodeo Grounds – 6th Ave & McWethy
  • Race Shuttles will be picking up athletes at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds for the Twin Lakes Dam drop-off. Bikes are not allowed on shuttles.
  • Neutral Tech – Cycles of Life will be onsite for neutral support, or check on any mechanical issues

Note: If you did not sign up for a race shuttle during registration, you may purchase a seat for $10 at packet pick up (based on availability).

Drop Bag Drop Off

  • 7:30am – 8:30am
  • Location: Lake County Rodeo Grounds – 6th Ave & McWethy
  • Drop bags must be a clear plastic bag with no liquids

Race Start- Day 3 – 43 Miles

  • 9:00am
  • Start: Twin Lakes Dam
  • Finish: Lake County Rodeo Grounds

Post-Race

  • 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Location: Lake County Rodeo Grounds – 6th Ave & McWethy
  • Finish the weekend off with post-race food, beer and tunes!

Awards Ceremony and LT100 MTB Qualifier Coin Drawing

  • 3:00pm
  • Location: Lake County Rodeo Grounds – 6th Ave & McWethy
  • Age group awards and LT100 MTB Coin drawing – must be present!

COURSE

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 12,513 feet. The majority of course is on mountain two-track fire roads. A sub 11-hour finish time is required to be considered an official Stage Race Finisher.

Distances subject to change.

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

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.

There will be well-stocked aid stations along the course each day.

AID STATION LOCATIONS: 

Stage 1: Carter Summit aid station at mile 10 and Pipeline aid station at mile 28.
Stage 2: Columbine aid station at mile 11.
Stage 3: Pipeline aid station at mile 11.5 and Carter Summit aid station at mile 29.6

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. 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.

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.

Live results will be available on race weekend!

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

VIEW RESULTS & PHOTOS

The 2022 Stages Cycling Leadville Stage Race Athlete Guide can be viewed here

Daily Presentation

At the post-race dinner on each day, we will announce the daily stage winners.

Awards Ceremony
All athletes who finish the Stages Cycling Leadville Stage Race in under 11 hours will receive a custom and a finisher buckle.  The question is, which size buckle will you earn?

  • Riders who finish in under 8.5 hours will receive a LARGE buckle
  • Riders who finish in under 11 hours will receive a SMALL buckle

Awards Categories:

  • Top 3 Overall Male
  • Top 3 Overall Female
  • Top 3 Para Male
  • Top 3 Para Female
  • Top 3 Non-Binary
  • Top 3 Singlespeed Male & Female
  • Top 3 Team Relay
  • Tandem
  • Top 3 age group Male & Female
    • 19-under
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+

Awards Rules:

  • Overall top 3 male and female are taken out of their age groups. 3 coins will be dedicated to the overall male and female podiums.
  • Age groups are based on your age as of 12/31/22.
  • Athletes must be present at awards on Sunday to accept a coin into the LT100 MTB. The athlete MUST choose which year (2022 or 2023) they will be racing when they receive the coin and will need to register and pay their 2022 (or 2023) LT100 MTB registration fee by 8/2/22.
  • Relay Teams are not eligible to earn a coin/ spot into the LT100 MTB

Registration opens on January 10th, 2023. Be sure to set a calendar reminder, this race fills up quickly!

Registration Fee: $475

Tandem Registration Fee: $600

Team Registration Fee: $600

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

Your time at the 2022 Leadville Silver Rush 50 MTB can be used to enhance your corral position at the LT100 MTB. Please consult the chart below for corresponding times and corral info.

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 Leadville Race Series 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 Leadville Stage Race, 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!

You can find more information here.

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

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.

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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.

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