STAGES CYCLING LEADVILLE TRAIL 100 MTB

2021 Lottery opens February 1st!

This is it, the race of all races. One hundred miles across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies, this event was created for only the most determined athletes. Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet, you’ll be challenged to catch your breath — while the views try to take it away.

 

 

DEFERRAL INFORMATION 

We are excited to announce that the deferral registration window will open for the 2021 race on October 19th, 2020, and remain open through November 23, 2020. Please watch your inbox for a registration link from RunSignUp on October 19th and prepare to get registered! When you receive your registration link next week, please check out the FAQs on the event registration page for important deadlines and further information.

We understand that a lot has changed this year and some athletes are still uncomfortable with the thought of racing next August. If you would prefer to defer your 2021 entry to 2022 or 2023 we are happy to accommodate that request.

If you deferred into 2021:

During your 2021 deferral registration through your personal Reserved Entry link you will be asked to select either:  “Racing 2021!” or, “Please roll my deferral to 2022.” All athletes will still need to continue through and complete their registration.  If you choose to roll your deferral into 2022, you will receive an automated email from RunSignUp confirming your deferral within 5-10 days.

If you deferred into 2022/2023:

We will open deferral registration for the 2022/2023 LT100 MTB in November of 2021/2022 and you will receive an email confirming when registration is live for you to re-register through your Reserved Entry. Until then, rest assured that your deferral entry is safe and no further action is needed on your part.

Deferral and Refund options that were offered this summer. Deadline to select one of these options was June 16th:

Option 1: Donate your entry fee to your choice of the Life Time Foundation, Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation or NICA (national or state league of your choice). As a thank you, we will provide you with guaranteed, non-complimentary entry into your choice of the 2021, 2022 or 2023 LT100 MTB. We will be in touch to get your selection. Limited 2021 slots available.

Option 2: Complimentary deferral option valid for 1-time use in your selection of the 2021, 2022 or 2023 LT100 MTB

Option 3: Full refund on entry fee (excluding the service fees and add on merch)

There is a capacity placed on the slots available for the 2021 LT100 MTB & LT100 Run and they will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the capacity is met, you will have the option for 2022 and 2023.

2021 LT100 MTB Event Information Coming This Winter!

2020 information:

If unsuccessful in the lottery process and you still wish to participate in the LT100 MTB, please check out some of the options below:

Leadville Trail 100 MTB camp
Led by the best of the best, the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Camp could be your entry into the LT100 MTB. Register for the camp packaged with a LT100 MTB entry and you have a guaranteed spot into the sold-out race. As a camp participant, you will ride every mile of the LT100 course while paying special attention to the most grueling sections to help get you ready for your August race.

LT100 MTB Qualifiers

We will still distribute coins at the 2020 LRS events for the 2021 LT100 MTB and the qualifiers will still serve as opportunities to advance your corral position at this year’s LT100 MTB. 

Charity slots

Skip the lottery and guarantee your entry by registering with a charity. Competing on behalf of one of our official charity partners not only guarantees you a spot in the  race, but also provides you the opportunity to make an impact in the community.

> View more info on the Leadville Race Series Charity Partner Program

Please note athletes must be 18 years or older on the day of the race to participate in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. 

2021 LT100 MTB Event Information Coming This Winter!

2020 information:

General overview of the weekend:

Thursday

2pm-8pm Packet Pickup

Friday

11am-5pm Packet Pickup

Saturday

5am-6:15am Corrals Open

6:30am Race Start

The 100-mile out-and-back course is in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point, 9,200 feet; high point is Columbine Mine, 12,424 feet. Majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads.

> View the course map|only use on permitted event dates (do not use at all in 2020)
> View the course profile

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

Training on course
A section of the course is on private land (O’Neil Ranch), which is only open to ride on race day. We’ve created an alternate route for riders looking to train around this area prior to the event.
> View the training route – Re-Route Around Private Property!updated 8/13/20

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

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.

Aid Stations
Full aid stations will be at these locations:

  • Pipeline (outbound at about 26 miles)
  • Twin Lakes Dam (outbound at about 40 miles)
  • Columbine Mine (at 50 miles)
  • Twin Lakes Dam (return at about 60 miles)
  • Pipeline (return at about 74 miles)

There will also be an express aid station located at Carter Summit on Turquoise Lake (at about mile 11 and mile 89). This location will not be a drop bag point. Aid station supplies include, but are not limited to: water, GU (including gels and Roctane), Coca-Cola products, fruit (such as banana and watermelon), cookies, potato chips, M&M’s, pretzels, crackers, and PB&J sandwiches.

2021 LT100 MTB Event Information Coming This Winter!

Check out the 2019 Athlete Guide!
> View the 2019 Athlete Guide

2021 LT100 MTB Event Information Coming This Winter!

2020 information:

Previous Corral/Start Position Information for reference: Earlier this year we considered and published a shift to a wave start format at the 2019 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB. After evaluating the new format and team bandwidth with city partners, we have decided to hold on wave starts and revert to the original, mass-start of all corrals released at once. Wave starts will continue to be a consideration of ours in 2020 and beyond. 

For the 2019 start, 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 2018 Leadville qualifier event, 2018 Leadville Trail 100 MTB finish, or a 2019 Leadville qualifier event finish.

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 the 2018 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2018 or 2019 qualifier event finish time, or if you hold a current USAC or UCI Pro Cross Country 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 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:

**CORRAL ASSIGNMENT TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE LEADVILLE RACE SERIES.**

1000 mile buckles, 11 year jackets, and 2000 mile buckles will be presented at the awards ceremony on Sunday.

All age group awards will be presented at the awards ceremony on Sunday at 7:30 am. There will be male/female 1st, 2nd and
3rd place awards in each age category: Under 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 & over. Handmade trophies will be
given to the male and female overall champions. Finishers under nine hours will receive a large gold-and-silver trophy belt
buckle. Finishers under 12 hours will receive a silver belt buckle. All finishers under 12 hours will receive a finisher’s medal and
a custom finisher’s sweatshirt. There will also be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd tandems and 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female
single-speed. You must be present to receive your award. Others cannot pick it up for you. After October 31st,  buckles and jackets will no longer be able to be shipped.

Your race checklist isn’t complete without your crew! Give them a way to commemorate this special experience with their own Leadville Race Series memorabilia. Visit our online store to check out our exclusive LRS crew shirts (pictured on right) to get your team prepared for race day!

At all the Leadville events crews are treated and appreciated equally with the entrant 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 vehicle access at the foot of Powerline or obstruct the junction of the paved road and jeep road where riders leave Powerline to head for Pipeline.

 Remove the stress of driving and parking throughout the day and let the shuttles do the work for you! Shuttle busses will run continuously from Lake County High School parking lot to Twin Lakes Dam. Shuttle Service begins at 7am and will run until 3pm. All-Access Pass Crews will receive complementary shuttle services and spectators/crews can purchase a $5 ticket at packet pickup. Proceeds from the shuttle service to be donated to the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation!

Crews will certainly want to be at the 6:30 a.m. start to assist their riders with any last-second needs cheer them on at the sound of the starting gun. 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. There may be some riders without a crew who would appreciate your help. Crews may furnish the replacement parts. Remember, you may help a rider with any need, except that the riders must complete the entire course using the original bike frame.

Crews should then proceed back to Hwy. 24, then south 11 miles. Turn west on Hwy. 82 for approximately 1 mile then left toward the Twin Lakes Dam. Volunteers will direct the parking. This area gets very congested, so we ask your help and patience, and that you follow the instructions of the traffic control volunteers without question.

A second crew access and parking area is the Mountain View Overlook parking area. Take the first left turn past the road up to the dam. There is a parking area at the end of this road.

We have another crew access point that may prove even better for some riders and crews. This crew area is located on Chaffee County Road 398A at the start of the climb to Columbine Mine Aid Station. Crews drive South on Hwy 24 to Granite. Turn right (West) just past the Granite store. Follow this dirt road to the marked crew area. This will give riders last second help before their big climb and again at the end of their descent. Using this crew point, you will avoid the huge crowds at the Twin Lakes Dam.

Riders will be crossing the dam as they make their way to the Twin Lakes Aid Station. You will have to carry anything needed for your rider to the crewing area. This same area will also be the next crew stop as riders will return to this aid station after an incredible climb to and descent from the 12,600′ Columbine Mine Aid Station. No crewing is allowed on that section of the course. Volunteers will attempt to meet their every need at this top of the world turnaround checkpoint. Once your rider has returned, reverse these directions.

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.

The brand new Leadville Trail 100 MTB All-Access Pass provides a premium package to athletes racing the Leadville Trail 100 MTB and will enhance the overall experience of the LT100 MTB weekend. Pass members will receive a plethora of benefits that will not only benefit them, but their supporters as well.

Learn more HERE.

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.

If you are interested in receiveing a media credential for the LT100 MTB, please fill out this form here.

If you plan on flying a drone, the deadline to submit pilot license and flight plan is July 25th.

Additional media inquiries can be directed to Michelle Duffy.

2021 LT100 MTB Volunteer Information Coming This Winter!

From the very beginning, volunteers have made the Leadville 100 MTB 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!
Click the HERE to learn more!

Although we look forward to seeing  you at our events, we understand certain things may come up that prevent you from attending. Please make note of our deferral and refund policies:

Although we look forward to seeing  you at our events, we understand certain things may come up that prevent you from attending. Please make note of our deferral and refund policies:

Athlete Deferral Policy

LT100 MTB 

  • Athlete can defer into the following year’s event and repay 50% of entry fee at time of registration. No deferral fee.
  • Should athlete defer less than 2 weeks prior to the event – defer into the following year’s event for free (no deferral fee) and repay full entry fee
  • No refunds, no transfers, no exceptions

QUALIFIERS

  • Up to 2 weeks prior: Flat deferral fee into following year
  •  Less than 2 weeks – increased flat deferral fee
  •  Do not repay following year
  • No refunds, no transfers, no exceptions.

If the event cancels:

due to a series of reasons, including pandemic, natural disaster, etc.

Athlete Option 1: Deferral 

  • Complimentary, guaranteed entry into the following year’s event

Athlete Option 2: Refund 

  • 90+ days out – 70% refund
  • 60-89 days out – 50% refund
  • 30-59 days out – 40% refund

 No refunds on service fees or donations

Visit the link below to view results and photos from the Leadville Trail 100 MTB

VIEW RESULTS & PHOTOS

SMS Updates – In order to get SMS updates when an athlete crossing a timing split, please visit Athlinks to sign up for alerts.
Note – due to back country terrain, there may be lag time on SMS alerts based on cell signal availability.

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