STAGES CYCLING LEADVILLE TRAIL 100 MTB
AUGUST 15, 2020
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.
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
Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the LT100 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.
> View qualifiers
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 2020 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.
Thursday, August 13 – Packet pickup / Race Across the Sky Expo / T-Shirt/ Bag Drop/ Welcome Reception
Friday, August 14 – Athlete Meeting / Packet pickup / Race Across the Sky Expo / T-Shirt / Bag Drop
Saturday, August 15 – RACE DAY
- 5:00 a.m. – 6:15 a.m. Corrals Open
Corner of 6th & Harrison
- 6:30 a.m. RACE START
Sunday, August 11 – Awards / 10k Run / Free Kids Dash
- 7:30 a.m. Athlete awards and finisher jackets
Lake County High School, 1000 W 4th St.
All awards will be presented at this time and must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others and will not be distributed before or after the awards ceremony. Finisher jackets will be distributed at the Lake County High School 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.
- 12:00 p.m. Leadville 10k Run and FREE Kids Dash
Corner of 6th and Harrison
- Online Registration will remain open through 11:30 a.m. race day. Challenge and then treat your crew to compete in Sunday’s epic challenge — “America’s Highest 10K.” Provide yourself with an opportunity to cheer for your friends and family to an unusual “thank you” after they spent the previous day running around at 10,000+ feet ensuring you made your way to the red carpet!
- 10:30am Onsite Registration / Packet Pick Up
Courthouse lawn (6th & Harrison)
Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23.
Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva
Consider staying in town or coming back for the event that started it all! We can always use an extra set of hands to help athletes and staff alike through this epic event.
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
> 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
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.
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 Roctate), Coca-Cola products, fruit (such as banana and watermelon), cookies, potato chips, M&M’s, pretzels, crackers, and PB&J sandwiches.
Check out the 2019 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.
> View the 2019 Athlete Guide
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. See you in August!
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:
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, August 10, 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, 2019, 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.
NEW TO 2019! 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.
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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.
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!
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If you deferred your 2019 race registration, be sure to stay on the lookout for your 2020 registration instructions from Quinn Cooper/ Athlete Services via email. Deferral registration will open November 1, 2019 – November 22, 2019. Deferring from the 2019 race does not automatically register you for 2020. You must re-register using the instructions sent from Quinn Cooper.
If you have registered for the 2020 race but are unable to participate, you may defer your registration to next year’s event. Deferring your registration only defers your slot to the following year. You will be responsible for re-paying registration fees for the 2021 event. Please contact Athlete Services via email for more information at least 1 week prior to race day.
Visit the link below to view results and photos from the Leadville Trail 100 MTB
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.