Rusch Hosts Fundraiser, Rides with Vets for LT100
The “Leadville Experience” is sponsored by GU Energy and kicked-off Monday with a well-attended Columbine training ride. The FREE series is geared to sharing strategies and techniques to help riders reach their own personal race goals and includes webinar broadcasts, last night’s segment was produced live from Leadville.
Thursday’s “Leadville Book Reading Event & Party” at the opera house, will be an informal evening of book readings, stories, and other personal tips from the athletes. Rusch will be reading from her book “Rusch To Glory,” which was officially released at last year’s LT100 MTB race. Nelson will share stories from “The Great Fatsby: Absurd Cycling Stories Disguised as Expertise and Insight.”
For racers and crew it’s a chance to get any last minute questions answered from the folks who know. Last year’s event saw a packed house, and was a great way to calm those jitters before the LT100 Mountain Bike Race this Saturday, Aug. 15.
At the local level, it will be Leadville organizations that will benefit from the “Leadville Book Reading Event & Party,” according to Rusch, staying committed to the community that was influential in shaping her pro-athlete career.
“Leadville is a special race for me. 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 makes sense to give back to the local community.”
There is a $10 suggested cash donation at the door. All ages are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the high school Leadville Racing team, The Leadville/Lake County Sport Hall of Fame, and the Historic Tabor Opera House. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Tabor Opera House is located at 308 Harrison Ave. in downtown Leadville.
After the program, guests are invited to a special book signing party with refreshments, to be held on the Leadville Race Series paver area, next door to the opera house. Additional monies will be raised for World Bicycle Relief with great prizes and sweet shwag.
Rusch to Ride with Vets Group at LT100 MTB
All of the cycling clinics and seminars lead up to the big race on Saturday: The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. Rebecca Rusch fans will be interested to know that this year she will be riding with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation Team (PPF) as a cycling ambassador for the vets organization. With a record-breaking four Leadville championships under her belt, mountain bike icon Rusch is now giving back to help military veterans through the foundation’s cycling program. She hopes to help veterans as they empower themselves by crossing the LT100 finish line. Instead of leading the pack in the main group of pro-riders, Rusch will pedal alongside American hero Matt Dewitt from the PPF cycling team, offering inspiration, motivation, and expertise all the way to the finish.
“As a member of a military family, I have a deep understanding of the sacrifices that the military make and also how the bike can be an essential tool for therapy and recovery,” stated Rusch. These personal ties are what fueled her desire to join forces with Phoenix Patriot Foundation Team at this Saturday’s start line, sharing her race expertise to support their efforts to shatter limits and reach the finish line!
Rusch cycling teammate is Staff Sergeant Matt DeWitt, who sustained combat injuries in Iraq after he was struck by a rocket propelled grenade, requiring the amputation of both arms below the elbow. DeWitt’s has been equipped with a specially designed, adaptive, carbon fiber, electronic-shifting bicycle. His compelling story has been featured on various national platforms: LINK.
The Phoenix Patriot Foundation‘s Cycling Program works to inspire, galvanize, and empower wounded and injured veterans to reach their own finish line and become a source of motivation and guidance for their communities, peers, and veterans nationwide. The Phoenix Patriot Foundation’s Cycling Program’s Mission is to serve post-9/11 severely wounded and injured veterans in realizing their cycling ambitions by providing them with a welcoming community of support.
Rebecca Rusch is an inspirational Red Bull endurance athlete with an international, award-winning career, encompassing adventure racing, white water rafting, rock climbing, and endurance mountain bike racing. Rebecca’s long anticipated autobiography, “Rusch to Glory,” book tour was launched in Leadville during last year’s LT100 MTB race. The racer’s first book details her experiences with empowering stories that are meant to inspire people to rise above self-doubt and find their true potential.
Aside from racing, Rebecca is the force behind the SRAM Gold Rusch Tour and her namesake race, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, which gives back to a variety of organizations including the International Mountain Bike Association, World Bicycle Relief, PeopleForBikes.org, and the National Interscholastic Mountain Bike Association.
Official Local Road Closures For August Race Season
The following information was provided by Lake County Public Information Officer Betty Benson.
The month of August has several races traversing Lake County. The following information is being provided to be help residents and tourists plan around any road and travel impacts.
The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race starts Saturday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 a.m. Harrison Ave. will be narrowed to 2 lanes only in front of the courthouse starting Friday and all day Saturday, with traffic flowing both directions on the east side of Harrison in front of the Courthouse.
Access to West 5th Street to the Sheriff’s office parking lot will be closed to traffic. Access to the post office should be from Pine Street, west of Harrison. Racers will be picking up their race packets at the Lifetime Fitness Store next door to the Tabor Opera House starting Thursday. All racer meetings will be held at the Lake County High School. All racer parking will take place at the fairgrounds near the high school. Racers will be lining up starting at 5:00 a.m. The impacted area will be 6th Street, both east and west of Harrison, and Harrison Ave. in front of the Courthouse.
The USA Pro Challenge, a state-sponsored race, will be traveling through Lake County on Wednesday, Aug. 19 & Thursday, Aug. 20 with the following schedule. Please plan your travels accordingly. The race starts at Copper Mountain at 11:15 a.m. heading to Lake County, turning on Hwy 24 towards Turquoise Lake, traveling around the Lake, and coming into Leadville on McWethy to 6th, and then 6th to Harrison Ave. They will travel on Harrison Ave. and head south on 24 to Hwy 82 into Twin Lakes and up Independence Pass into Aspen.
TRAVEL notes, traffic will be restricted both directions as the race proceeds, opening after the race has passed. If you are headed to I-70, please note Hwy 91 will be closed between 11 a.m. and noon, depending on the rate of travel for the pelaton. Similarly, Hwy 24 between Leadville and Hwy 82 will also be closed approximately 1 hr. before the racers reach that area. All side streets will be closed to traffic crossing any of these highways during the closure times. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
On Thursday, Aug. 20 the racers will be heading back down Independence Pass from Aspen, through Twin Lakes, and heading South on Hwy 24 to Breckenridge. Hwy 82 will be closed both directions approx. 9:30 a.m. in Aspen until the race passes leaving Lake County at approx. 1:30 p.m. at Hwy 82 & Hwy 24. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
The Leadville Trail 100 Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 22 finishing on Sunday Aug. 23 around noon. Packet pickup will also be held at the Lifetime Fitness store and the race meeting and other race-related activities will be held at the High School. Parking will be at the fairgrounds. Note that parking will be quite restricted in Twin Lakes but there will be shuttles running to help spectators get from the available parking lots to the best viewing locations. Parking restrictions will be enforced by Colorado State Patrol. No vehicles are allowed to park along State Hwy 82 on any portion of the road. The vehicles parking there must be 100% off the road, including any mirrors or other devices attached to the vehicle. CSP will be ticketing vehicles not in compliance with this parking requirement.