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Founder of the Leadville race, Ken Chlouber was making sure everyone was having a good time. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Ken put in a lot of hard work to earn this buckle. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Racers showed up before sunrise to claim their spot at the start. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Opening the nasal passages for that thin air in Leadville. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Founder of Land Run 100, Bobby Wintle was spotted making his way into the Blue corral. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
The  field waited for the gun to go off. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
The field waited for the gun to go off. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Lachlan Morton got some motivation from his best friends just before the start. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Jeremiah Bishop was doing Facebook Live at the start line. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Peter Stetnia was focused on the race. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Peter Stetnia was focused on the race. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Riders head for the hills at the Leadville 100. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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The cut-off time to earn a finisher medal is 12 hours. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Riders rolled out of town for a big day in the high country. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Todd Wells leads through a singletrack section followed by a mix of pro mountain bikers and WorldTour roadies. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Todd Wells and Howard Grotts led the front group early through a sweeping swithcback. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
A large chase group followed the leaders. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
A large chase group followed the leaders. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Staying focused is key on the few singletrack sections of the course. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Conditions were perfect, with cool temperatures and very little wind to contend with. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Quinn Simmons chased the leaders all day after getting tacks in his tires at Leadville 100. Photo: Brad Kaminski: VeloNews.com
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The Leadville course is surrounded by 14,000-foot-high peaks. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
100 miles of trail on a tandem! Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
One hundred miles of trail on a tandem! Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Rose Grant took the lead on the Columbine climb and never looked back. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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There were 147 women in the 2019 Leadville 100 MTB race. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
The prize. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Finisher’s medals waiting for finishers. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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VeloNews rider Betsy Welch finished the race in 9:28. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
There were a few drop bar bikes spotted. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
There were a few drop bar bikes spotted. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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The famous Powerline section was graded for 2019, which removed tricky ruts. That made climbing and descending easier than in previous years. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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In previous years of the Leadville 100 riders had to ride through this stream at the base of Powerline. Not anymore. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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To earn the big buckle riders need to complete the race in under 9 hours. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Howard Grotts made his winning move on the Powerline climb. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Eventual winner Howard Grotts put his head down and powered up the Powerline climb. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Luis Mejia came up the Powerline climb sitting in third place, but ended up finishing ninth. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Peter Stetina cheered on by fans on Powerline. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Howerd Grotts won his third straight Leadville 100. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Ken Chlouber and Peter Stetina laughed about the exciting group sprint for second place, which went to Quinn Simmons. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Rose Grant was the first woman to cross the finish line. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
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Rose Grant got a big hug from her daughter at the finish. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com