John Gaston and Nina Laughlin give it their all; claim victories
LEADVILLE, Colo. — More than 300 mountain bike enthusiasts took to the Colorado Rockies for the three-day Stages Cycling Leadville Stage Race, owned and produced by Life Time, on July 26-28.
John Gaston of Aspen, Colo. earned first place with an aggregate race time of 6:11:57, setting a new record time of 2:11:08 for the 40-mile trek comprising day one of the race in the process. The previous record of 2:13:03, set in 2018, was held by Payson McElveen. Gaston is a 10x US Ski Mountaineering champion.
Nina Laughlin of Pisgah Forest, N.C. took first in the women’s division, crossing the finish line with an aggregate time of 7:52:27.
Gaston and Laughlin are both scheduled to participate in the upcoming 2019 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike on Aug. 10.
Created for the most determined athletes, Stages Cycling Leadville Stage Race participants biked an ascending 100 miles of extreme terrain across the rugged Colorado Rockies with a beginning altitude of 10,152 feet and ending at 12,424 feet. The event is part of the Leadville Race Series, which takes place over three months each year, drawing thousands.
All results and more information is available at https://www.leadvilleraceseries.com/mtb/leadville-stage-race/.
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|John Gaston||Aspen, CO||6:11:57|
|Trapper Steinle||Littleton, CO||6:40:50|
|Yuki Ikeda||Golden, CO||6:48:35|
Women’s International Division
|Nina Laughlin||Pisgah Forest, NC||7:52:27|
|Tracy Paradise||Victoria, MN||8:00:23|
|Mary Dannelley||Corona Del Mar, CA||8:15:34|
The Leadville Race Series is owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. It is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned by the company, including the New York City Triathlon, the Chicago Triathlon, the Miami Marathon and the Dirty Kanza.
About the Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of seven running events and four mountain biking events, plus six events in the Leadville Qualifying Series. The Race Series stretches across three months, and hosts thousands of racers on foot and on mountain bike in some of the world’s most iconic events. Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage to Leadville, Colo., with the single goal of competing in “The Race Across the Sky.” Visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com for more information.
About Life Time – Healthy Way of Life
Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 144 destinations in 39 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages. More information is available at www.lifetime.life.
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