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23rd annual event features stellar pro field and new live streaming during start and portions of race
On Saturday, August 13, nearly 2,000 riders will toe the line at on one of the world’s most grueling ultra-races — the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike (MTB) Race. The internationally renowned LT100 MTB is a 100-mile ‘Race Across the Sky’ at elevations ranging from 10,152 to 12,424 feet through the Colorado Rockies punishing terrain.
Returning this year is 2014 defending champion, Todd Wells (United States), and in the women’s division, 2013 and 2014 champion Sally Bigham (Great Britain) returns as well. Also, professional road cyclists Joe Dombrowski (United States) and Ted King (United States) will be competing and raising funds for World Bicycle Relief. Additionally an array of other participants are racing to help others and raise awareness for organizations like First Descents, Phoenix Patriot Foundation, Ride 2 Recovery, and more. Leadville’s own Ty Hall will be entered for the second year as Transamerica’s Tomorrow Chaser to help raise money for the Leadville Legacy Foundation. As the Tomorrow Chaser, Hall starts at the back of the race and Transamerica donates $5 to the local foundation for every cyclist he passes. This will be Hall’s 15th Leadville Trail 100 MTB race and last year, Ty raised $7,285.
Also, racing this year for the first time, are ultra-running and Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run champion Rob Krar and multiple time Leadville Trail 100 Run top finisher Mike Aish. Aish is vying for the Leadman 2016 title and will be competing in the 100 Run on August 20th as well.
Returning this year, portions of the race will be streamed live including the start, sponsored by Baker Marquart. Viewers can tune in at Leadvilleraceseries.com/live before the start at 6:20 a.m. to watch the start at 6:30 a.m. and catch the excitement and pageantry of this iconic race as well as live updates throughout the race.
“Every year, competitors from across the country and around the world come to Leadville to push their limits and see what they are made of at this iconic race,” says Josh Colley, race director, Leadville Race Series. “Seeing the pros attempt to smash course records to first-time competitors complete the race is something that inspires all of us to become a little stronger and improve our own healthy way of life journeys.”
The entire pool of competitors will start the Leadville Trail 100 MTB at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 13th.
- 12:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Winners and top finishers are expected to cross the finish line in downtown Leadville
- 3:30 p.m. 9-hour cut-off time for the gold and silver trophy buckle
- 6:30 p.m. 12-hour final cut-off time for completion of the race and the silver buckle
For photos and race day updates visit the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series Facebook page.