Take on 50 miles that will put your skills and endurance to the test. Technical climbs and descents are met with the glorious mountain views of Leadville. 8,000 feet of elevation gain over these 50 miles presents an excellent test for the Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB in August. Test your limits with the Silver Rush 50 MTB.
The 50-mile out-and-back course takes racers through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville. Primarily on dirt roads, first set by miners and their burros, it will begin at the Cloud City Ski Hut (located just below Colorado Mountain College on Hwy 24 on the South end of Leadville). None of the roads used will be closed to vehicle traffic, so please use caution. The route will take runners by and between many grand and historic gold and silver mines.
We recognize crews as a critical component to all of our events. Our courses cover open roads and trails and careful consideration must go into how and where crews and spectators can access their athletes. A conscious plan around this is a foundation of our partnership with the community, USFS, BLM, City of Leadville and Lake County officials to ensure we are providing a safe event experience to everyone involved.
To support local community impacts and maintain safety on public roads, the only areas where crew and and spectators are allowed on course are:
Printer Boy Aid Station (mile 14.2 outbound, mile 32.6 inbound)
Stumptown Aid Station (half way point, turnaround)
Printer Boy Aid Station and Stumptown Aid Station can be accessed using public roads, please follow the spectator map below for driving directions.
Parking and overall congestion in Leadville will be a crucial topic for everyone this season and for our presence in Leadville moving forward. We have a new parking plan in place for 2022 and we know that with your help we can be great stewards of this community.
All athletes and spectators will be required to park at the Community Fields and High School Parking lot and take a shuttle (or run, walk, bike) to the start line. The map below outlines parking locations and shuttle pickup spots. The shuttle locations are under 1 mile from the race start and will run efficiently and quickly to get you to where you need to be!
Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill- US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr
Awards/age group qualifier coins will be distributed as athletes finish the race. All finishers will receive a medal and a pair of socks. Results will be posted online concluding the event. All finishers receive a medal and Silver Rush 50 MTB stainless steel pint glass.
Silver King & Silver Queen awards will be awarded to athletes that conquered BOTH the Silver Rush 50 Run and Silver Rush 50 MTB as they cross the finish line!
Silver Rush 15-Mile MTB participant awards will be in the following category:
Top 3 Men
Top 3 Momen
Top 3 Non-Binary
Top 3 Para Male
Top 3 Para Female
Top 3 Juniors Male
Top 3 Juniors Female
Silver Rush 50-Mile MTB awards will be in the following category:
Top 3 Overall Male
Top 3 Overall Female
Top 3 Para Male
Top 3 Para Female
Top 3 Non-Binary
Top 3 singlespeed
Top 3 tandem (teams)
Top 3 age group
Age group awards will be based on the age an athlete will be on RACE DAY.
The Leadville Silver Rush 50 is a qualifier for the Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB. There are a total of 50 LT100 qualifier coins up for grabs at this year’s race. Half of the total LT100 coins will be distributed based on performance and half of the coins will be given away in the Event Lottery at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Only the 50-mile distance serves as a qualifier for the LT100 MTB.
25 slots will be distributed based on performance:
Slots will be distributed to each gender and age group (20-29, 30-39, etc.) based on the percentage of total athletes in those age groups, with a minimum of one slot for every age group.
The top athletes in each age group will receive the allocated slots.
In the event a top athlete elects not to accept a slot, the slot will roll down to the next athlete in the results within the age group.
In the event slots are not claimed after the roll down in each age group, those slots will be allocated to the Event Lottery, as described below.
25 slots will be distributed through the Event Lottery:
Finishers of the SR50 distance will be eligible to win an LT100 MTB coin in the Event Lottery.
All finishers under the predetermined maximum finish time who have indicated their desire to participate in the lottery will be entered in the lottery.
Names will be drawn from the eligible lottery athletes and slots will be given out.
In the event an athlete opts not to accept a slot, the slots will roll down to the next athlete that is drawn until ALL slots have been distributed.
Qualification slots must be claimed in person immediately.
Registration for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB must be completed and paid for during the designated time offered.
Only solo riders/runners competing the required distance under the allotted cutoff time will be considered as potential qualifiers.
All registration fees for the LT100 Run are nontransferable and non-refundable
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.
UPDATE: Due to slight changes in the 2022 Silver Rush 50 MTB courses, the corral placement times will be adjusted. Corral placements based on Silver Rush 50 MTB times will be updated within one week following the event.
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 Silver Rush 50 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 Silver Rush 50 MTB, 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!
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.
Silver Rush 50 weekend will have a 15.5-mile MTB race on the Sunday 9:00 a.m! This race will start and finish on the same course as the Silver Rush 50 MTB. This race provides an excellent entry option into mountain bike racing and will, of course, be accompanied by the tremendous Leadville views along the way.
One race not enough for you? Try two days of exhilarating challenges. First, spend Saturday running the Silver Rush 50 Run, and follow it up on Sunday with the Stages Cycling Silver Rush 50 MTB. Finish both and you’ll earn respect from everyone. Finish both events within the allotted time and you’ll forever be known as a Silver King or Silver Queen.
The 2023 Silver King & Silver Queen epic challenge will take place beginning with the Silver Rush 50 Run on July 9 and ending with the Stages Cycling Silver Rush 50 MTB on July 10.
Racers that finish within the time limits of both of these races will receive a Silver King or Silver Queen award. The male and female with the overall fastest combined times will be crowned the Overall Silver King and Overall Silver Queen.
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