July 11th, 2021

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.



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Field sizes have been set with Colorado Covid-19 guidelines in mind, and therefore may be smaller than they have been in the past. Our ultimate goal is to host our events this year and we are making changes where necessary. Because of this, events may sell out faster than normal. As we monitor Colorado’s state guidelines, more slots may become available. In this event, we will accept athletes in a rolling order from our waitlist, and then reopen to the public.

2021 Silver Rush 50 MTB Event Information Coming Soon!

2021 Stages Cycling Silver Rush 50 Pricing:

Solo Rider 1/20-1/31
Solo Rider 2/01-6/20
Solo Rider 6/21-7/8
Solo Rider On-site registration 7/9- 7/11
Tandem 1/20-1/31
Tandem 2/01-6/20
Tandem 6/21-7/8
On-site registration for Tandem 7/9-7/11

*On-site registration will only be available if event is not sold out.

Military and student discounts are offered for our Leadville qualifier events. Please email a photo of your current card to while specifying which event you are inquiring about a discount.

Field sizes have been set with Colorado Covid-19 guidelines in mind, and therefore may be smaller than they have been in the past. Our ultimate goal is to host our events this year and we are making changes where necessary. Because of this, events may sell out faster than normal. As we monitor Colorado’s state guidelines, more slots may become available. In this event, we will accept athletes in a rolling order form our waitlist, and then reopen to the public.

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.

Course Map

GPX Files


  • Outbound
    • Printer Boy (14.5 miles)
    • Stumptown (24.4 miles)
  • Inbound
    • Printer Boy (35.3 miles)

Aid stations will be stocked with:

  • Water
  • Gu / Roctane
  • Assorted foods including:  bananas, figs, pretzels, chips, PB&Js etc.

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

Athlete Guides will be posted 4 weeks prior to Race Day

You can view our 2019 Athlete Guide for reference here.

The Silver Rush 50 MTB  offers a relay option for riders. Two participants will tackle the 50 mile course through an exchange at the Stumptown Aid Station. Relay participants will be in charge of getting themselves to the Stumptown Aid Station for the exchange.

 Silver Rush 50 weekend will be adding a 15.5-mile MTB race on the Sunday 8:30 a.m. This race will start and finish on the same course as the Silver Rush 50 MTB, but will feature mostly single track for the 15.5 miles. 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.

View event page here.

Course Map

The Silver Rush 50 weekend will be adding a kid-friendly duathlon on Saturday, July 11th at 12 p.m. The duathlon will consist of a 2.5 mile bike, followed by a 1 mile run. The race will start and finish near the Colorado Mountain College Soccer Field.

Course Map

Participants will partake in a fun, timed event on the Colorado Mountain College Trail System and will receive a prize for their effort.

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

Stay Tuned for Camping Information!


The Silver Rush 50 MTB course starts and finishes at the base of Dutch Henri Hill, located just below Colorado Mountain College on Highway 24 South.

From the intersection of Harrison and 6th (stop light in the middle of town):

  • Go south for 1.2 miles on Harrison/Hwy 24
  • Pass USFS building on right, CMC sign on left
  • Arrive at start /finish



Parking is located at the Colorado Mountain College. NO Parking is allowed on either side of Highway 24 or Lake County 41. If you park along these roads, you will be ticketed and towed. There are parking attendants on staff for the Silver Rush 50 and there is no charge to park. Overflow parking is located at the Community Park/Rodeo Grounds parking areas located just west of the Intersection of McWethy and West 6th Street. Please use the crossing located on the Mineral Belt Trail to cross Highway 24. Colorado State Patrol will be monitoring pedestrian travel for safety.

NO PARKING at businesses including Urgent Care, Hotels, etc.


The best place to view your athlete during the Race is at one of the Aid Stations. There are two aid stations along the course: Printer Boy (mile 14.5 & 35.3) and Stumptown (mile 24.4).

Directions to Silver Rush Aid Stations

All directions start from the intersection of Harrison and 6th (stop light in the middle of town):

Printer Boy (39°13’37.74”N, 106°15’2.69”W)

  • Drive east on 6th for 0.4 miles
  • Turn right (south) on Hazel St, go 0.4 miles
  • Continue on S. Toledo/County Rd-2
  • Follow pavement for 3.3 miles to aid station

Stumptown (39°15’8.93”N, 106°13’59.82”W)

  • Drive east on 6th for 0.7 miles
  • Turn left at Fryer St, go 300 yards
  • Turn right at County Rd-3, go 2 miles
  • Slight right at County Rd-3B, go 0.7 miles



Food will be available for purchase near the finish line. There are also  numerous fantastic restaurants in and around Leadville offering everything from hearty home cooking to gourmet dining. Click here for more information on Dining in Leadville.

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 Leadville Trail 100 MTB finish or a Leadville qualifier event finish. Please see corral chart for reference.

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 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:

Awards Ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes after final completion of the race. Online award shipment will close on October 31st. If you would like your award after this date, please email Kelsey Conine ( to have your award shipped to you.

*Please note that  awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season, in September.

Engraved bike rotor plaques will be awarded 3 deep in each division. Age groups are male/female in 10 year increments (20-29, 30-39, etc.). All riders will receive a participant T-shirt, and riders completing the race within the allotted finish time will receive a finisher medal and Silver Rush 50 MTB finisher mug.

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!

You can find more information 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.

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

  • 90 Days prior to the event- Free Deferral
  • Up to 2 weeks prior: Flat deferral fee
  • Less than 2 weeks – Increased flat deferral fee
  • Do not repay following year
  • Deferrals are only eligible for the following year.
  • No refunds, no transfers, no exceptions.

If the Leadville Race Series Cancels Event

If we have to cancel 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 from the Stages Cycling Silver Rush 50 MTB.




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