Lakata and Langvad break Leadville course records

Alban Lakata finishes Leadville Trail 100 in under six hours, as Annika Langvad beats women's course record by 18 minutes.

Austrian Alban Lakata (Topeak-Ergon) and Dane Annika Langvad (Specialized) set new Leadville Trail 100 course records in the Colorado off-road race Saturday.

“The grit and determination of all competitors in the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race is truly inspiring,” said Josh Colley, Leadville race director. “We congratulate Alban and Annika on their wins today and applaud all participants who crossed the finish line. Whether participants finished first, last or somewhere in-between, everyone who competed today is a champion who embodies the sprit of the Leadville Race Series and is a great example to anyone striving to live a healthier way of life.”

Lakata became the first man to ride the high-altitude course in under six hours. He sprinted home only 11 seconds ahead of his teammate, Kristian Hynek. Specialized’s Christoph Sauser had an even closer race for third, out-sprinting Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon) by one second.

Langvad rode the 103-mile race in 6:59:24, 18 minutes faster than the previous women’s record held by Sally Bigham (Topeak-Ergon). Bigham finished second, nearly 10 minutes back, and Katerina Nash (Luna) was third.

The record-setting day was overshadowed by the death of a competitor, Scott Ellis, of Johnstown, Colorado, who suffered a heart attack mid-race.