Saturday, June 30, 2007

CycleWorks Leadville Recon







































































































13 comments:

VeloCC said...

Great pictures. I can only imagine, how it looked in real, actually I can. I love CO! Those mountains open my heart....
Are you guys planning on doing Leadville? How far did you ride?
Cool...

Endurosnob said...

Now that is a photo dump

monkeygirl said...

wow, those are some beautiful pics. So how is riding bikes in thin air?

Carp said...

Nice pictures Big C.

Cornbread said...

The crew pictured above are doing the Leadville 100 this year. Butch and I are virgins. The rest are vets.

Riding in the elevation was very difficult. I found myself short of breath carrying my bags from the van to the motel. Gonna be a tough race. No doubt.

Jake said...

im not familiar with Leadville; is the "trail" truly a dirt road like pictured? all 100 miles of it?! those are some stellar photos, i wanna go there after Moab.

MG said...

whoa... nice shots of some absolutely stunning scenery cornbread. nice work!

you guys will rock leadville. i was telling butchie friday night that i think you'll look back on leadville as being not the hardest ride/race you participated in this year. it'll be hard, but you've conquored much more successfully already this season... this'll be another jewel for the crown.

cheers, and good luck.
mg

Cornbread said...

Jake, it's mostly jeep trails, but you kinda need the width since it's an out and back.

MG, I really, really, really hope you're right. :)

Taugimba said...

The pictures are awesome! This is a great time of the year to be in the mountains.

You will do great at Leadville!

Thad said...

I did Leadville for the first time in '05, and although not technically challenging, the altitude really made it a mental struggle. I found the walking to be worse for breathing than riding, like around camp or even off the bike. If you can keep them cranking, you'll feel better.

The town and towns-people are tops! It's quite a mesmerizing and unique race experience. I'm heading back this year and hope to get the big buckle this time with a better nutrition routine. My biggest issue was trying to keep food and liquid down at altitude. The potato broth soup and watermellon atop Powerline on the trip home saved me and allowed me to complete it in time for the buckle, though I lost 1 hour and 45 minutes to my bonk.

The most technical areas will be the start (it's crazy how many people get taken down in the 'neutral start') and going down powerline due to people braking. I found the best line through the ruts as no one was in my way. Not an issue if you're used to technical singletrack descents. On the way back, the rut is the easiest part to walk up too.

I'll be camping in Sugar Loafin campground. See you at the finish line!

Best of luck,
Thad

ps. corey sent me the link to your recon photos. Crazy that the snow is still there! Pack a jacket for the trip down Columbine on race day. There will be a aid station where you can get it and drop it off at the damn, but from experience, it's freezing on the descent!

MG said...

c'mon cornbread... i'm always right!
;-}
mg

Cornbread said...

Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

Thad, are you from Lincoln? Thanks for the heads up. Can I follow you? Seems like you know what you doing. :)

Thad said...

Nope not from Lincoln, but I've been there before. :-)

I'm just outside Nashville, TN and you're welcome to follow me, but I'll be on a singlespeed and probably just slow you down.

thad