European Racers Dominate Leadville 100 MTB
It was the Europeans who dominated the podium at last weekend’s 20th Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race (LT100MTB). At the top of the leaderboard was Alban Lakata from Lienz, Austria who shaved more than a dozen minutes off the record, coming in at 6:04:01.
On the women’s side, it was Britain’s Sally Bingham with a time of 7:17:01, a new record for the women’s field. Bingham was followed in by Alison Powers of Nederland, Colo., (7:21:57) and four-time LT100 MTB champion and former record holder Rebecca Rusch of Ketchum, Idaho with a finish time of 7:35:27.15.
In addition to the elite cyclists were 1500 other cyclists, including Leadville locals. In that category, first across the finish line was Cannon Shockley 7:42:56.90, followed closely by Ty Hall 7:44:57.82. Leadville women also represented well at the race. Heidi Colley who took a giant step closer to her Leadwoman goal with a finish time of 11:45:17.28 and on a flat tire, no less!
And there were plenty of other stories. Like the guy who rode on a wooden bike, the couple of racers that got hitched at the top of Columbine and the three racers who have completed all 20 LT100 MTB races. The run is the next race in the series, starting out of Leadville at 4 a.m. next Saturday, August 17.
Start of the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race 2013