Leadville 100 2020

Saturday, 15 August 2020
InternationalLeadville, Colorado

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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.

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Leadville, Colorado, International
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milky4130, Jan 24 2020 08:45

Event Name: Leadville 100 2020
When: 15 August 2020
Where: Leadville, Colorado, International
Category: MTB
 

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.



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In my bucket, would like to do it the next 3-5 years when kids are a little bit older.

BMCfan, Jan 24 2020 08:53

In my bucket, would like to do it the next 3-5 years when kids are a little bit older.

Would also like to do it, strangely.

 

Was wondering how it compare to say, something like Attakwas

milky4130, Jan 24 2020 12:25

Would also like to do it, strangely.

 

Was wondering how it compare to say, something like Attakwas

I dont think it can compare its 45kms longer and it starts at 3000m Above Sea Level and climbs to about 3700m ASL.

milky4130, Jan 24 2020 12:31

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BMCfan, Jan 24 2020 12:41

I dont think it can compare its 45kms longer and it starts at 3000m Above Sea Level and climbs to about 3700m ASL.

 

 

:-)

 

Ek weet darem die verskil tussen n 100miler en attakwas is 40km, ek bedoel terrein ens...

 

Waarmee sou jy die Leadville vergelyk?

milky4130, Jan 24 2020 12:51

:-)

 

Ek weet darem die verskil tussen n 100miler en attakwas is 40km, ek bedoel terrein ens...

 

Waarmee sou jy die Leadville vergelyk?

hahaha jammer. I'm guessing from the description and from pics I've seen probably K2C and parts of Attakwas. "Majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads"

dave303e, Jan 24 2020 12:56

and the real race at leadville is the trail run... 

'Dale, Jan 24 2020 01:48

One word

 

Altitude 

gerriemtb, Jan 24 2020 03:49

One word

 

Altitude 

It is easier at altitude because the wind resistance is less

lechatnoir, Jan 24 2020 04:15

Would also like to do it, strangely.

 

Was wondering how it compare to say, something like Attakwas

 

Have a look at the Rapha YT channel on the the story of the EF riders that did it - it's a fascinating watch. as others have said, altitude is where it's special... If it's climbing over 3700m, well, that's higher than any point in SA, and believe me, when you're huffing and puffing up a 10% grade, it'll seem pretty hard.

Dubber, Jan 24 2020 05:41

I've managed to secure an entry for this year - not sure if that is a good or a bad thing :-)

 

For those considering doing it in the coming years, here is a little background:

 

The majority of entries is via a lottery system.  Generally opens December before the race and close early Jan - 'winners' announced mid to end of Jan.  Thus giving you around 7 months to get your affairs in order.

There are a few other options to get an entry:  there are qualifying races throughout the year.  You need to place in the top percentile to earn an entry.   There are also a few lucky draws for entrants of these qualifying events - but the odds of 'winning' a lucky draw entry is a lot less than the overall lottery.  

And finally, you can sign up to a Leadville organized training camp.  I think it is around 4 or 5 days in July.  Along with the training camp comes a Leadville entry - but cost is high - around $2200 I think.  

 

Should you win a lottery entry, your bank account will be debited on the spot - $450 entry fee.

 

As for the race itself:  by all accounts there are very few technical sections.  In fact, the race has been completed on a cyclocross / gravel bike by some.  There are a couple long climbs (an hour plus in duration), heat is generally a factor and of course altitude.

 

I ski in that region fairly often and can attest to the fact that breathing isn't easy.  (Try take a liqui-fruit straw, stick it in your mouth, close your nose and do a few intervals to get the feeling :-)  

 

I'll add some more info as I get it  :thumbup:

Markellis, Jan 24 2020 08:27

I was actually listening to a trainerroad podcast about it last night.

Definitely on the list...when I'm 20kgs lighter and much much fitter

Frosty, Jan 24 2020 08:31

I've listened to a few podcasts, and a few YT videos where the guys on WT road teams are migrating to the Gravel scene. Leadville 100 is on their agendas, for those that didn't do it last year. But they're at the pointy end of the field... gunning for a top 10.

Dubber, Feb 11 2020 01:30

So the plot thickens.  

As mentioned above, the only real way to get into this event is via lottery. And by all accounts (and their own admission) the organizers stuffed up the lotto process big time this year.  In short, they sent out a bunch of 'yes's that should have been no's.

 

The organizers haven't said how may extra yes's they sent out - but I haven't heard of anyone actually getting a 'no'.  So that makes me think everyone got in.

 

 

Anyway, because they are now way over subscribed, they are offering deferrals to next year.  And to sweeten the deal they are willing to chuck in a free entry into any one of their other events through out the year.  

 

While the free event is cool (around $150 to $200 depending on the event), the real bonus is that these events act as seeding event for Leadville.  As it stands I would be starting right at the back if I rode in 2020.  This would in turn make a long day into a really long day.  

 

So at this point I'm considering the deferral, riding a seeding event and then doing Leadville in 2021.  

 

So if anyone is thinking about 2021, I've got a spare room in the basement ;-)  Just remember to pack your lungs...

'Dale, Feb 11 2020 10:11

It is easier at altitude because the wind resistance is less

 

 

Gotta love this 

Hehehe

milky4130, Feb 11 2020 03:39

So the plot thickens.  

As mentioned above, the only real way to get into this event is via lottery. And by all accounts (and their own admission) the organizers stuffed up the lotto process big time this year.  In short, they sent out a bunch of 'yes's that should have been no's.

 

The organizers haven't said how may extra yes's they sent out - but I haven't heard of anyone actually getting a 'no'.  So that makes me think everyone got in.

 

 

Anyway, because they are now way over subscribed, they are offering deferrals to next year.  And to sweeten the deal they are willing to chuck in a free entry into any one of their other events through out the year.  

 

While the free event is cool (around $150 to $200 depending on the event), the real bonus is that these events act as seeding event for Leadville.  As it stands I would be starting right at the back if I rode in 2020.  This would in turn make a long day into a really long day.  

 

So at this point I'm considering the deferral, riding a seeding event and then doing Leadville in 2021.  

 

So if anyone is thinking about 2021, I've got a spare room in the basement ;-)  Just remember to pack your lungs...

That's pretty cool, I just realized now you are a local so probably makes sense but for the rest of us coming from abroad surely we can submit some of our past race results to get preferential seeding? Like some of South African Race organizers do to accommodate visiting riders that are above average.

Dubber, Feb 11 2020 06:25

That's pretty cool, I just realized now you are a local so probably makes sense but for the rest of us coming from abroad surely we can submit some of our past race results to get preferential seeding? Like some of South African Race organizers do to accommodate visiting riders that are above average.

That's an interesting question.  I'll ask around and see if anyone knows.

 

The major milestone in terms of finishing time is 9 hrs.  (This can kinda be equated to the 3 hr finish at the Argus in terms of prestige etc).  And by all accounts this is near impossible without a decent start group - much like CTCT.   

 

It would be a bummer for international travelers not to be able to have a crack at the 9 hrs simply because they can't do any seeding rides...

milky4130, Feb 11 2020 10:23

That's an interesting question. I'll ask around and see if anyone knows.

The major milestone in terms of finishing time is 9 hrs. (This can kinda be equated to the 3 hr finish at the Argus in terms of prestige etc). And by all accounts this is near impossible without a decent start group - much like CTCT.

It would be a bummer for international travelers not to be able to have a crack at the 9 hrs simply because they can't do any seeding rides...

or a Sub 6 Attakwas or a Sub 9 Trans Baviaans

Dubber, Feb 13 2020 10:02

or a Sub 6 Attakwas or a Sub 9 Trans Baviaans

Yep - those are better examples.  Not that I'm anywhere near those times ;-)

wayne's world, Feb 14 2020 12:11

Wayne here-ex RIDE photographer, now living in USA.

I raced the 2015 edition of the Leadville 100-9hrs 29 minutes.

Raced the inaugural Cape epic from Knysna to CT, 2004.

Leadville 100 is a 1-day out and back event.

Massive climbs, beyond anything i've ridden in SA, or Lesotho for that matter.

The big shite is the altitude-starts at 10 650 feet, climbs up and down to the 50 mile point at 12 500 feet and returns up and down to 10 650 in Leadville.

Not technical at all (cyclocross bikes manage)

Also, if as I did-you get an entry into the race by lottery and you want to race, not just complete the event, then you will have to-as I did, go and race another 100 km Mtb event and do a really good time to improve your start position, or potentially have a 1000 palookas in front of you-all yapping in American and screwing up your line into the first massive climb only 10 km's from the start!!

Really a cool event, but nowhere near as scenic as the Western Cape-y'all will be disappointed.

Watched Ben Meldt Swanepoel come in 11th-the top dogs there are super tough athletes.

milky4130, Feb 14 2020 09:13

Wayne here-ex RIDE photographer, now living in USA.

I raced the 2015 edition of the Leadville 100-9hrs 29 minutes.

Raced the inaugural Cape epic from Knysna to CT, 2004.

Leadville 100 is a 1-day out and back event.

Massive climbs, beyond anything i've ridden in SA, or Lesotho for that matter.

The big shite is the altitude-starts at 10 650 feet, climbs up and down to the 50 mile point at 12 500 feet and returns up and down to 10 650 in Leadville.

Not technical at all (cyclocross bikes manage)

Also, if as I did-you get an entry into the race by lottery and you want to race, not just complete the event, then you will have to-as I did, go and race another 100 km Mtb event and do a really good time to improve your start position, or potentially have a 1000 palookas in front of you-all yapping in American and screwing up your line into the first massive climb only 10 km's from the start!!

Really a cool event, but nowhere near as scenic as the Western Cape-y'all will be disappointed.

Watched Ben Meldt Swanepoel come in 11th-the top dogs there are super tough athletes.

Thanks for that very valuable insight Wayne, there must be a way for the race organizer to recognize the international riders past race results which was achieved outside of the USA. When it comes to that time I'll write a letter requesting to be seeded average to above average batch.

Personally I found a change of scenery can sometimes be viewed differently even though its not the best but just the mere fact that you are in new surroundings makes it awesome.

100Tours, Feb 14 2020 09:21

It is easier at altitude because the wind resistance is less

 

I've ridden a MTB over 5500m going past base camp. This is not uniformly true  :whistling:

 

3700m is enough to give you a proper headache if you're not acclimatised.

gerriemtb, Feb 14 2020 11:08

I've ridden a MTB over 5500m going past base camp. This is not uniformly true  :whistling:

 

3700m is enough to give you a proper headache if you're not acclimatised.

Hence the comic sans. I think my head will explode at those altitudes!

'Dale, Feb 14 2020 12:51

Event Name: Leadville 100 2020
When: 15 August 2020
Where: Leadville, Colorado, International
Category: MTB
 

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.



Go to Event Page

 

 

Enjoy, @Dubber

What a magical experience to come