Getting into Leadville mtb 100, one of the most well-known mtb races on the planet has always been challenging. The LT100 Qualifiers are lengthy and difficult, with a lot of climbing involved. Because they’re comparable to the traditional Leadville course in that they’re mostly made up of gravel & dirt jeep roads. A qualifier race could help you not only get into the leadlive tail 100 mtb, but also improve your Contest across the Sky corral starting place! We need to relocate our race dates to less congested weekends for our town due to the phenomenal expansion & acceptance of the Mohican Mountain Bikes 100 as well as the Mohican Trail Run. Therefore, on what is now becoming a holiday weekend, the Mohican Trail Run only attracts around 2000 people to a city of 2600.
- Part 1: Introduction to MTB 100
- Part 2: Rules of the Corrals
- Part 3: Leadville MTB100 Course
- Part 4: How to Prepare for the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race
- Part 5: Conclusion
Part 1: Introduction to MTB 100
The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race now designated as the Stages of Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB covers 100 miles in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on a mixture of alpine trail, dirt road, and tarmac. And Leadville native Ken Chlouber started the event in 1994 as an offshoot of the Leadville Trail 100 Run to revitalize the town’s economy after a mine closed and laid off many residents. But we’ve made tiny changes in recent years to allow for additional parking, including restricting the duration of the races. We will get the following benefits by shifting the Mountain Bike competition up two weeks to the day before Memorial Day Weekend. The Leadville Trek 100 MTB is part of Life Time’s Leadville Race Series, held in mid-August.
Part 2: Rules of the Corrals
Riders will be assigned to color-coded corrals ahead of time. Therefore the boundaries of the corrals will be made clear.
- Riders must begin in the corral designated to them.
- You will be dismissed if you don’t start in your allotted corral.
- Please, no crew motorcycles. Allow enough time for crews to park & walk to the aid stations.
- Riders should complete the full course on the same bike frame; no bike swapping is permitted.
- Illegal parking and littering
- There will be no camping — you must arrive on race day only.
Part 3: Leadville MTBb100 Course
The Leadville mtb 100 course is based on the traditional running course but with a few modifications to compensate for the differences in running & mountain biking. The course was unusual in the mountain biking world from the start due to its exceptionally high altitude and out-and-back layout. The lowest point on the track is 9,200 feet, while the vast bulk of the racing takes place above 10,000 feet. Riders begin in down town Leadville and travel to the dirt via paved roadways escorted by police. Competitors proceed around Turquoise Lake & south through San Isabel National Forest and Columbine Mine, the race’s midway and highest point at approximately 12,500 feet. The tough Columbine climb is generally the race’s deciding factor, although runners must first conquer numerous other severe climbs, notably the Sugarloaf climb, which peaks at almost 11,000 feet or less 20 miles into the competition.
The infamous Power line ascent can be decisive as well. Therefore at roughly the eighty-mile mark, this heavily rutted jeep road which runs under power lines & the towers that support them, is the race’s penultimate climb. And power line’s steep gradients, rough terrain, and seemingly endless length compel tired bikers to walk (3.4 km). But the open ascent may be very hot on hot days. Riders return across Turquoise Lake to down town Leadville to finish the race after conquering Power line.
Part 4: How to Prepare for the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race
What is the key? Begin six to twelve months in ahead, which means right now. With snow in the forecast, now is the time to fire up the trainer or to the gym. Non-elite racers with full-time jobs, families, and other responsibilities should train 10 hours per week. Another strategy to improve performance is to ride the course or at least sections of it—in various kinds of weather. Knowing the route advance can assist you in maintaining a consistent pace. If a climb requires 40 minutes on a practice day, you’ll know how to slow down on race day to avoid exhaustion. Dice concurs. “Towards the end, there’s one specific climb with a lot of bogus summits,” she explains. “Those who haven’t ridden it before are doomed.”
Another important aspect of preparation is nutrition. It’s critical to eat enough calories during calorie-dense training and then understand how to fuel effectively during the competition. This entails understanding what meals you can eat after 75 miles & how to eat while riding. But at the start of the race there are 2,000 cyclists that begin the 100 MTB at 10,200ft of elevation. And only 30% of them are able to finish the race without being disqualified. “This race makes grown guys cry,” renowned Matt Shriver famously said. I believe him based on what I’ve read or heard from seasoned riders.
Part 5: Conclusion
This is the granddaddy of all races. Leadville trail mtb 100 covers 100 kilometres of high-altitude, rough terrain in the Colorado Rockies. Therefore you’ll need to breathe as you rise from 10,152 to 12,424 feet.