Thursday, August 06, 2009
Spent some time in Leadville this week and did some great riding. I planned on having a week long MTB vacation (Leadville, Crested Butte, Breckenridge, Fort Collins and Potter's Pasture prior to heading home), but had to cut it short due to problems with my truck. I was heading to Crested Butte when the Disco started having major problems. So instead of being stuck in the mountains with a huge auto repair bill I struggled home. My poor truck was only able to go around 25 mph over the mountain passes. Might be a cash for clunkers future for the Disco.
The time I spent in Leadville was incredible. I ended up getting around 15 hours of riding in two and a half days. I rode a majority of the Leadville 100 MTB route. Unfortunately, I got lost several times trying to find the climb to Columbine Mine. Oh well, I did plenty enough climbing anyways.
The weather was typical for Leadville during my stay. Low 40's in the morning and mid 70's during the afternoon. I got rained on several times by fleeting thunderstorms and even got hailed on once. Riding up there really makes me regret not signing up for the Leadville 100. I'll be sure to get signed up for next year.
Speaking of the Leadville 100, we have several local Lincoln and Omaha folks racing this year. Scott Bigelow, Kent McNeil, and Dave Tyler are just a few of the Nebraskans to be lining up for the challenge. Good luck fellas! I'll be sending good vibes from Nebraska!
The folks at the Leadville Trail 100 have taken a step into the 21st Century by updating their webpage. It looks really sharp. They're also gonna have live webcast streaming of the race on their website for a nominal fee of $5.95. With Lance and possibly Floyd racing again this year, I'm sure a lot of cycling fans will be willing to pony up the cash to watch the live webcast. This may be the first step towards getting live MTB race coverage on TV. You never know, maybe next year Versus will pick up and cover Leadville.