LT100’s Rusch Launches Book, Gives Back to Leadville
She’s raced in some of the toughest places on earth, has won the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race 4 times, and is a 3-time world champion. But with all the accolades and trophies, Rebecca Rusch is still a mountain gal who loves to ride her bike, and share that experience with other people.
Even still, Rusch’s athletic prowess has been featured in movies, documentaries, and countless newspapers and cycling magazines around the world. And this Thursday, August 7, Rebecca will share even more inspiring stories about her life in a different format, as she launches her first book Rusch To Glory at the historic Tabor Opera House.
“Leadville is a special race for me,” said Rusch. “It really helped propel my mountain bike career. But the thing that really makes it close to my heart is the riders and community. They’re like family to me. It just made sense to launch the book here and share it with them first.”
And for Rusch, being part of that family includes giving back. In fact, there will be three local organizations to benefit from the suggested $10 cash donation admission on Thursday: The high school’s Leadville Racing Team, The Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, and the historic renovation of the Tabor Opera House.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and attendees can enjoy a slide show presentation of Rebecca’s favorite Leadville moments, as well as take in the beauty of the opera house until the show starts at 6 p.m.
The hour-long program will include remarks from LT100 founder Ken Chlouber, a reading from Rebecca of the Leadville chapters from Rusch To Glory, and a question and answer session, conducted by well-known racer Elden “The Fat Cyclist” Nelson.
After the program, the audience is invited to meet Rebecca, get one of her new books personally signed, and enjoy some cold beer and hot burritos at an unbelievably reasonable price next door at the Leadville Race Series patio area.
If you don’t have a chance to get out and see her for the book launch on Thursday, don’t worry, as Rusch will be in town through race weekend. In fact, Rusch arrived in Leadville on August 1, as part of a bigger week-long event – The Leadville Experience – that is underway and includes ride clinics, tips for racing Leadville, pacing during the race, and book signings.
“All of the rides, clinics, the book reading, and race-day pacing, is simply to share my winning knowledge with anyone racing Leadville, from elite racers to rookies just trying to finish. Leadville and competition in general has given me so much—I want to give something back. That’s why if you want to have your best Leadville ever, I’m going make sure you have all the tools necessary to reach your goal.”
The theme of going deeper, of discovering how you can physically and mentally push yourself, is explored many times throughout Rusch to Glory.
“I really wanted to write a book that inspired people to go after their own goals,” she said. “Part of it is having the right tools, of knowing how to motivate yourself when you’re in pain, or there are emotional setbacks, or there’s a lot of outside interference in what you’re trying to achieve. I really hope that by reading my stories, people feel empowered in some way to push past it.”
The Rusch To Glory book launch will be held on Thursday, August 7 at the Tabor Opera House. Doors Open at 5:30, show at 6 p.m. Suggested $10 Cash Donation at the door. Private reception at Leadville Race Series patio afterwards with food and drink.