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Leadville 100 Preview: Long Haul Racing Tactics

Dave Wiens: Six-time Leadville 100 champion

On the lead-up to race day

“You need to start thinking about the race the week before and adjust your training,” says Wiens, who is not contesting Leadville this year. “You don’t want to completely rest, but the typical structure is two days out, you should have a rest day or very easy ride. Then on Friday, do a little more to open things up a little. For me that meant climbing St. Kevins, then going up and down Powerline, and then heading back around to Leadville. I’d do that at an ultra slow pace, granny gear all way. Now obviously this is a super personal thing. Some people will rest the day before. But that is what always worked best for me.”

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