22nd annual event features stellar pro field and participant’s stories of resilience and strength
Leadville, Colo. (Aug. 14, 2015) — Nearly 2,000 riders will take on one of the world’s most grueling ultra-races on Saturday, August 15—the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 100 Mountain Bike (MTB) Race produced by Life TimeSM, The Healthy Way of Life Company. The internationally renowned Leadville 100 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.
“Year after year, the excitement and anticipation grows in Leadville as we welcome race competitors and the endurance sports community to our legendary ‘Race Across the Sky’,” says Josh Colley, race director, Leadville Race Series. “The sheer determination of these athletes—from our stellar pro field to our first-time participants—is something we all can draw from as we lead our own healthy way of life journeys.”
Back this year are defending champions Todd Wells (United States) and Sally Bigham (Great Britain) as well as second and third place finishers from 2014 Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) and Kristian Hynek (Czech Republic). Past winner and course record holder Alban Lakata (Austria) is set to return in addition to two-time defending champion and women’s course record holder Sally Bigham (Great Britain), Amy Beisel (United States) 2015 Leadville Stage Race winner and four-time Olympian Katerina Nash (Czech Republic).
Adding to a strong pro field, participants are racing to help others and raise awareness for organizations like First Descents, Phoenix Patriot Foundation, Ride 2 Recovery, World Bicycle Relief and more. Leadville’s own Ty Hall will be entered 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 14th Leadville Trail 100 MTB race.
Additional highlights of athletes participating include:
- Wendy Skeanhopes to be the first 71-year-old women to finish in less than 12 hours. In 2005 at age 61, she finished in 11:24:36 to become the first 60 year old women to finish under 12 hours—a record she still holds.
- Pearly Van Nierkerk,originally from Zimbabwe, is racing to raise awareness and money for Zimbabwe children’s charities. This is her first attempt in the Leadville 100 MTB.
- Roger Mankuslast year completed his 2,000 mile buckle. In 2015 Roger will be gunning for his 21st Leadville Trail 100 MTB meaning he has participated in all but one race.
The entire pool of competitors will start the Leadville 100 MTB at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 15th.
12:30-1:30 p.m. when 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 more information and complete results visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com or the Athlete Guide. For photos and race day updates visit the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series Facebook page. To learn more about Life Time Athletic Events visit www.EventsByLifeTime.com.
About Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100® in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of six running events, the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race, and six mountain biking 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.
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