Experiment beforehand, not on race day. Sip steadily instead of chugging occasionally. Drink at least one bottle (or the equivalent thereof) per hour. And make sure your drink of choice is fortified with electrolytes and carbohydrates, not just plain water.
Even after crashing hard early in the 2010 Leadville 100 and having to replace his front wheel, Todd Wells was right in the thick of the action at the base of the infamous Columbine Climb. Hang on there, and he’d have had a chance to win the prestigious 100-mile mountain bike race. But Wells got […]
Asking a group of mountain bike racers what's the right bike for the Leadville 100 is like asking a kitchen full of master chefs what's the best thing they ever ate. A wide variety of answers is guaranteed – and there is likely merit to all of them.
First, let’s get one thing straight: The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race is 103 miles long. That’s really important to know, especially at the end of the race when you’re staring down at your Garmin, wondering why it says 101 or 102, yet the finish line is nowhere in sight. Second, remember that though […]
It’s the 800-pound gorilla in the room. It’s the demon that keeps you up at night. It’s the reason so many cyclists don’t bother trying the Leadville 100, and why so many others fail. It is, THE ALTITUDE. More than any other factor, the altitude and altitude gain required to finish the Leadville 100 is […]