Whether your goal is outright victory, a sub-9-hour time, or simply to finish the race inside the 12-hour cutoff, there are definitive tactics for long-haul racing that can tip the scales of success in your favor.
Singletrack.com rounded up a panel of pros — plus one very famous cycling coach — to find out what they think will separate the contenders from the pretenders, and finishers from DNFs, at this Saturday’s Leadville 100.
But before diving into those details, it’s best to start with the annual advice from Leadville 100 founder Ken Chlouber. Each year since the race’s inception back in 1994, the former state senator has exhorted race participants with an evangelical speech that goes something like this.
“Inside each of you is an inexhaustible well of grit, guts and determination,” he says. “And when the time comes when you are suffering and want to quit – and that time will come – you will reach deep inside that well of grit, guts and determination and find the will to keep going. And to do that remember that you are better than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.”
Now onto the pro tips…