STAGES CYCLING LEADVILLE TRAIL 100 MTB

 

August 13, 2022

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.

The lottery for the 2022 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB is now open!

REGISTER FOR THE 2022 LOTTERY HERE!

There are several ways to earn entry into the 2022 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB. 

1. Lottery

The 2022 lottery will open on December 1st, 2021 and run until December 15th, 2021. Lottery results will be announced on January 12th, 2022. 

For all the details on the selection process for the LT100 MTB lottery, head on over to our lottery page here

SIGN UP FOR THE 2022 LOTTERY HERE!

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

2. Leadville Trail 100 MTB Training Camp June 30th- July 3rd, 2022

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.

3. LT100 MTB Qualifiers

Our Leadville Race Series qualifier events provide a chance for riders to earn a coin for the LT100 MTB. Check out our full list of qualifier events here. Qualifier registration opens on January 13th, 2022. 

4. 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

5. Coaching + Entry packages. A limited number of Coaching + Entry packages are available through our official coaching partner, Boundless Coaching. Head on over to the Boundless Coaching website for more details. 

6. Volunteer 10+ Hours

Volunteer for any Leadville Race Series event (in Leadville) for 10 hours or more or have someone volunteer on your behalf, and you can earn preference the lottery in the next year! Check out our volunteer page for more info and how to sign up. 

Please note athletes must be 18 years or older on the day of the race to participate in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Age group awards will be based on the age an athlete will be on December 31st of the race year.

Thursday, August 12

  • 2:00pm-8:00pm – Packet Pickup / Expo / T-Shirt Pickup
  • Location:  135 E 6th Street 
    • Photo ID is required
    • Packets must be picked up in person
    • Packets will not be mailed or given to others

Friday, August 13

  • 10:00am – Mandatory Athlete Meeting
  • 11:00am-5:00pm – Packet Pickup / Expo / T-Shirt Pickup / Drop Bags
    • Location:  135 E 6th Street 
      • Photo ID is required
      • Packets must be picked up in person
      • Packets will not be mailed or given to others
    • Drop Bags
      • 11:00-5:00pm
      • Location:  113 E 6th St
      • Only clear plastic bags are allowed – please bring your own bags. 
      • Clearly label bags with your name, race number and which aid station it’s going to in large letters
      • Drop Bag Return
        • ~7:00pm Saturday – 5:00pm Sunday
        • Location:  316 Harrison Ave 
        • Note:  Any bags not picked up by 5pm Sunday will be donated to local charities!
  • 2:00pm – Leadville Race Series Group Ride with Cole Chlouber 
    • Leadville Retail Store – 316 Harrison Ave.

Saturday, August 14 – RACE DAY!

  • 5:00am-6:15am Corrals Open
  • 6:30am – RACE START
    • Note – Wave times are *NEW* start in your respective corral and assigned wave time
      • Waves are separated by 2-4 minutes depending on size of corral
      • Waves are being used as a mean to reduce congestion and increase safety
    • 6:30am – Gold AND Silver
    • 6:32am – Red
    • 6:35am – Green
    • 6:38am – Purple
    • 6:41am – Orange
    • 6:45am – Blue
    • 6:49am – White
  • 12:00pm – 7:30pm – Post-Race Finish Festival
  • 3:30 pm 9-hour cutoff time for the Big Buckle
  • 6:30 pm 12-hour final cutoff time for completion of the race and the Small Buckle
  • Note: 
    • Chip times will be used for all buckle awards

CUTOFFS

  • Outbound
    • 10:45am (4 hours 15 minutes) Twin Lakes – mile 40
  • Inbound
    • 2:30pm (8 hours) Twin Lakes – mile 63
    • 3:30pm (9 hours) Pipeline – mile 74
    • 3:30 pm 9-hour cutoff time for the Big Buckle
    • 6:15pm (11 hours 45 minutes) Carter Summit – mile 92
    • 6:30 pm 12-hour final cutoff time for completion of the race and the Small Buckle
  • Note: 
    • Chip times will be used for all buckle awards
    • All course cutoffs are based on gun time
    • All course cutoff times have been increased by 15 minutes to account for wave starts

Sunday, August 15

  • 7:30am – 10:00am Awards Ceremony
    • Location: Lake County High School Football field  – outdoor venue
    • All awards will be presented at this time and must be picked up in person.
    • Awards will not be given to others and will not be distributed before or after the awards ceremony.
    • Finisher jackets will be distributed at the field following the completion of the awards ceremony.
      • The first 1,000 finishers will be guaranteed their sweatshirts the day after the race. 
      • Note – If your sweatshirt is not printed overnight, it will be made and shipped to you free of charge.
  • 10:30am – 11:30am Leadville Trail 10k Packet Pick-Up 
  • 12:00pm Leadville 10k and FREE Kids Dash

This is it, get ready for a good day in the saddle.  The 104-mile out-and-back course is in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point, 9,200 feet; high point is Columbine Mine, 12,516 feet. Majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads, and some asphalt to let you catch your breath.

 

Route map for LT100 MTB by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com

*IMPORTANT* ~ NEW ~ *COURSE MODIFICATIONS*

The course for 2021 has been modified to account for private property owners, as well as safety.  The changes are outlined below.  

  • ~43 Miles / 59 MilesPrivate Property – we will not use the private property – riders will exit the trail, turn left towards Lost Canyon road and then turn right back towards the powerlines, taking the powerlines to FR398 (Lost Canyon) before heading up to Columbine.  Riders will use the same route in reverse inbound
    • Why?  This ensures that we are not encroaching on private property.

  • ~68 Miles – County Road 10 – riders will stay on county road 10 for approximately 0.75 miles before turning left on CR136, taking a right on to FS130B at mile 70.4.  
    • Why?  This allows for no congestion on single track inbound for lead riders or outbound for riders near the back

  • ~51.8 Miles – Columbine Turnaround – athletes will turn around before the cabin at a larger area.  
    • Why?  This change will ensure we are not adding substantially different mileage jeopardizing 9hr and 12hr buckle cutoffs.  Additionally USFS has new signage limiting vehicles near the historic turnaround.  Lastly, the area is larger and allows for a more natural turnaround.

AID STATIONS

  • Pipeline (mile 28.5)
  • Twin Lakes Dam (mile 40.7)
  • Columbine Mine (mile 51.8)
  • Twin Lakes Dam (mile 63)
  • Pipeline (mile 74.5)
  • Carter Summit (Water only) (mile 10.5 miles / mile 92.5)

Aid Station Supplies:

  • Water
  • Gu (Gels and drink)
  • Coca-Cola products
  • Fruit 
  • Cookies
  • Potato Chips
  • Salty snacks

COURSE MARKINGS

  • Markings – The course will be marked with pink flags and pink and black tape
  • Vehicles – Obey the rules of the road, as the roads are not closed to traffic
  • Know the course! – Athletes are reminded that while courses are marked, it is your responsibility to know the course
    • GPX files are available for your use (see above)

Please view your 2021 Athlete Guide below. Continue to check back through race day for any last minute logistics updates. Remember to read this ahead of race day, and share with your crew.

> View the 2021 Athlete Guide

WAVE STARTS

In order to spread riders out, reduce bottlenecks and increase safety on the course, we will be utilizing wave starts in 2021. This is a significant change from the mass start in the past, so please take note of your assigned corral and start time!

Wave starts will take place as follows: 

  • Wave 1: 6:30am – Gold AND Silver
  • Wave 2: 6:32am – Red
  • Wave 3: 6:35am – Green
  • Wave 4: 6:38am – Purple
  • Wave 5: 6:41am – Orange
  • Wave 6: 6:45am – Blue
  • Wave 7: 6:49am – White

** Qualifier timelines and corral chart for the 2022 LT100 MTB will be updated in early 2022. **

RACE START & TIMELINE: Please give yourself plenty of time on race day, expect there to be a lot of traffic/parking may be difficult.  

  • 5:00am – Corrals open
  • 6:15am – All athletes should be in their corrals with their bikes
  • **Reminder – Be sure to have your bike plate affixed to your handlebars
  • 6:25am – Ghost bikes will be removed
  • 6:30am – RACE START

CORRAL RULES

  • Riders will be in pre-assigned color-coded corrals. Corrals will be clearly marked. 
  • Riders must start in assigned corral. 
  • If you do not start in your assigned corral – you will be disqualified

CORRAL START TIMES

  • 6:30am – RACE START
  • 6:30am – Gold AND Silver
  • 6:32am – Red
  • 6:35am – Green
  • 6:38am – Purple
  • 6:41am – Orange
  • 6:45am – Blue
  • 6:49am – White

Not in the right corral?

If you believe that you have a finish time that would place you in a faster corral, here are the steps needed:

  1. View our 2021 corral chart for corral assignments and eligible races. 
  2. Send a screenshot or the direct link to your results to us at leadville@ltevents.zendesk.com for us to verify and consider re-corralling you. 
  3. You will receive the final word on your corral by August 6th. 

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:

** Qualifier timelines and corral chart for the 2022 LT100 MTB will be updated in early 2022. **

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

NEW FOR 2021: 

In collaboration with the Lake County Health Department and USFS, we are limiting  each rider to the following:

  • 2 crew members – 16 and under do not count towards 2.
  • Crew members will be required to wear wristbands at all times
  • 1 vehicle hang tag – hang tags should be visible and will have your bib number on it
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**PLEASE NOTE – CREWING INFO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE ON RACE WEEK FOR FINAL UPDATES**

CREW LOCATIONS:

There are 3 crew locations: riders will hit each location twice. 

NOTE: crewing outside of these 3 locations is against official race rules and will result in disqualification of your rider.

PARKING: 

  • Attendants – will assist you with parking
  • Park only in designated area
  • Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation

Location 1: Pipeline 

  • Course mileage – 28 miles Outbound, 75 miles Inbound
  • GPS Location

Location 2: Twin Lakes Dam

  • Course Mileage – 40 miles Outbound, 63 miles Inbound
  • GPS Location

Location 3: Twin Lakes Alternate

  • Course mileage – 44 miles Outbound, 59 miles Inbound
  • GPS Location

Crew Rules: 

Crew must abide by Lake Country & Chaffee County laws, race rules, listen and respect ALL Leadville Race Series Staff, Volunteers, and personnel in enforcement uniform or vests. If you fail to abide and respect our community you will be asked to leave and your athlete may be disqualified!

Crew Do’s: 

  • Crews can provide food, drinks and supplies
  • Crews may furnish replacement bike parts and offer mechanical assistance. Ex: replacement chain. 
  • Pets are allowed – must be leashed and under control at all times.
  • Setup permitted at sunrise on race day –  8/14/21. 

Crew Don’ts – Grounds for Disqualification: 

  • Crewing outside of 3 official crew locations – Pipeline, Twin Lakes Dam & Twin Lakes Alternate. 
  • No crew bikes, please. Crews should allow adequate time to park and walk to aid stations. 
  • Riders must complete the entire course using the original bike frame, no changing of bikes is allowed. 
  • Littering 
  • Illegal parking 
  • No camping – arrive only on race day only

ALL-ACCESS PASS

The LT100 MTB All-Access Pass provides a premium package to athletes and spectators of the 2021 LT100 MTB that will enhance the overall race weekend experience. Pass members will  receive an abundance of benefits that will not only be available to them, but their supporters as well. This year we are offering 3 options:

  • All Access Athlete including exclusive access to the Recovery Zone, entrance to the Official Welcome Dinner, premium swag, and more!
  • All Access Spectator including shuttle access to and from Twin Lakes, access to catered tent at Twin Lakes, premium swag, access to the Rider Recovery Zone and more!
  • All Access Youth including access to catered tent at Twin Lakes, cheer swag, access to the Rider Recovery Zone and more!

Learn more here

CREW SHUTTLES

Shuttles will be available to transport crew from Leadville to Twin Lakes Dam 

  • Shuttle Times: 7:00am – 3:00pm
  • Pickup locations: 
  • Approximate drive time: 30 minutes
  • Note:  All Access Pass holders will get priority seating on shuttles

PRE-RACE MEETING / AWARDS

Friday, 8/13: 10:00am – Mandatory Athlete Meeting

Location:  Lake County High School Football field  

In a “normal” year we would all get cozy in the gym and get riled up with the entire family.  This year, we are taking that party outside. In order to ensure that we are doing our utmost to spread people out, we will host the pre-race meeting as well as the awards ceremony at the High School football field.  We will have a large stage and a video screen wall and expect that the backdrop of Mount Elbert will be an amazing prelude to your ride.  Come prepared for Colorado weather in the mountains!

2021 Awards Ceremony 

**Beltbuckle and Finisher Jacket Shipping**

If you were unable to attend the race awards ceremony and need your jacket, buckle and/or age group award shipped, please click this link to purchase shipping. This is a flat fee- no taxes or additional shipping will be added at checkout to cover the cost associated with shipping these items.

AWARDS MUST BE CLAIMED BY OCTOBER 31ST. 

  • 7:30am – 10:00am Awards Ceremony
    • Location:  Lake County High School Football field  – outdoor venue
    • All awards will be presented at this time and must be picked up in person.
    • Awards will not be given to others and will not be distributed before or after the awards ceremony.
    • Finisher jackets will be distributed at the field following the completion of the awards ceremony.
    • The first 1,000 finishers will be guaranteed their sweatshirts the day after the race. 
    • If your sweatshirt is not printed overnight, it will be made and shipped to you free of charge.

AWARDS

  • 1000 mile buckles
  • 2000 mile buckles
  • 11 year jackets
  • Age Group Awards (3 deep per category)
    • 18-19 Men / Women
    • 20-29 Men / Women
    • 30-39 Men / Women
    • 40-49 Men / Women
    • 50-59 Men / Women
    • 60-69 Men / Women
    • 70+ Men / Women
    • Single Speed Men / Women
    • Tandem
    • Non-binary Open
    • Overall Male
    • Overall Female

Note:  If you cannot pick up your award, we will mail it to you for a small fee.  After October 31st,  buckles and jackets will no longer be able to be shipped.

The 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.

TRASH AND RECYCLING 

  • This is a zero waste event. 
  • Our local zero waste non-profit, Cloud City Conservation Center, is hosting our recycling program.
  • There will be recycling/compost containers at all full aid stations and at the start/finish line.
  • Please place any waste in the proper bin. 
  • GU’s TerraCycle containers will also be available for disposal of nutrition related waste. 
  • Reminder – Intentional littering on the course will be grounds for disqualification

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

NOTE: Media who plan to fly a drone must also submit this application, pilot license and flight plan to janine.l.prout@usda.gov by August 6, 2021.

All media will be required to attend the media briefing at 213 Harrison Ave., on Friday, 8/13 at Noon.

Additional media inquiries can be directed to Jordan Titus.

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.

REMINDER – Volunteer for any Leadville Race Series event (in Leadville) for 10 hours (or more) or have someone volunteer on your behalf, and you can bypass the lottery in the next year!

Thanks in advance for your help — we couldn’t do it without you!

For volunteer opportunities for the 100 Mountain Bike – please sign up 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.

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.

WEATHER

  • Leadville temperatures in August vary from daytime highs in the upper 70s to nighttime lows in the upper 20s. Expect sunny mornings and afternoon showers, and. Be prepared for the Colorado high country’s volatile weather: During the race, it could rain. Hail and even snow. Lightning is hazardous, especially above the timberline. Hypothermia easily occurs with a combination of decreasing temperatures, wind and precipitation. It can result in confusion, and this can be deadly. We strongly suggest you bring the following items:
    • Rain gear
    • Windbreaker with hood
    • Polypro or wool socks, hat, and gloves.
  • No matter the weather, DO NOT attempt the round trip to Columbine Mine without adequate warm and protective clothing. Remember, the Columbine Mine is at 12,600 feet.
  • See our complete LT100 MTB Packing List here.

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

VIEW RESULTS & PHOTOS

Timing Split 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.

BUCKLE TIMES

All buckle times are based on individual rider chip times, as they have been in years past. See the definition of chip time vs. gun time below.

  • 9-hour cutoff time = BIG BUCKLE
  • 12-hour cutoff time = SMALL BUCKLE and official finisher

CHIP TIME vs GUN TIME

  • Chip Time – your time starts when you cross the timing mat at the start, and ends when you cross the timing mat when you finish – accounting for all elapsed time on the course.  
  • Gun Time – your time starts when the race starts (6:30am).  
  • Reminder – Chip time will be used to determine your belt buckle eligibility and there will be no changes to those times. Gun time will be used for course cutoffs, which have been increased by 15 minutes.

NOTE: Top 3 men and women overall times will be based solely on gun time. 

RACE NUMBERS

  • Race Numbers must be visible at all times, tied to the handlebars of your bike. 
  • DO NOT cut or fold  your number – this may damage the timing chip and impact your timing data

The kickoff to the Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race Weekend!

For 200 athletes, partners, friends and fans, an evening at FREIGHT, Leadville’s premier event venue.

Date: Thursday, 8/12

Guests can expect exceptional food from the Silver Dollar Saloon (sensitive to dietary needs and prepared with race performance in mind), an open bar with excellent drink, live music, and a brief program highlighting the incredible social impact that the Leadville Trail 100 has had over the years through the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation and Life Time Foundation.

All proceeds from the evening benefit those two charities; learn more about them and their missions here:

Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation

Life Time Foundation

Special guests will include Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin, Founders of the Leadville Trail 100 and the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation and Kimo Seymour, Executive Director of the Life Time Foundation.

Boots and buckles admired, not required.

SPOTS ARE LIMITED, REGISTER FOR THE DINNER HERE

DEFERRAL INFORMATION

Deferral/ Donated Entry fee- 2021 LT100 MTB deferral list:

*2021 Limited slots were available

For those athletes that were able to defer or donate their 2020 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB entry to be on the 2021 deferral list, we emailed through the registration platform (Run Signup) as well as through our Life Time mass communications email, information and deferral/ reserved entry links to re-register for the 2021 LT100 MTB. The window to use your deferral link (if you were on the 2021 deferral list) was October 19th-November 23rd, 2020.. Athletes that did not use their link (that were on the 2021 deferral list) have now been added to the 2022 deferral list and should expect an email from us, through Run Signup, next fall to re-register for the 2022 LT100 MTB prior to the 2022 LT100 MTB lottery. *Athletes that did not use their 2021 deferral/ reserved entry link are NOT on the 2021 LT100 MTB roster. At this time, you may choose to enter the 2021 LT100 MTB lottery opening February 1-15th, lottery winners will be notified February 23rd. If you are drawn in the lottery you will need to pay the 2021 LT100 MTB registration fee. You will still be on the 2022 LT100 MTB deferral list.

Deferral/ Donated Entry fee- 2022/23 LT100 MTB deferral list:

If you deferred your 2020 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB to the 2022/23 LT100 MTB, you will receive an email and deferral/ reserved entry link from us through the registration platform (Run Signup) next fall to re-register your deferred entry for the 2022 LT100 MTB. If, at that time, you would like to roll your deferral to the 2023 LT100 MTB you will use the deferral/ reserved entry link to indicate you’d like to roll your deferral to the following year (2023 LT100 MTB). 

*No refunds are available for any registration from the cancelled 2020 Leadville Race Series events as of June 18th, 2020.

*Athletes that did not login to make a cancelled event option selection were refunded and withdrawn without guaranteed entry through any lottery.

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