Results: Keegan Swenson & Hannah Otto Win Leadville 100 2022

Aug 15, 2022
by Sarah Moore  
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The results are in from the Leadville 100. A field of more than 1,500 riders competed in Leadville for the famed 100-mile ‘Race Across the Sky’ through the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Check out the results below.


Women


1st. Hannah Otto, 26, of Salt Lake City, Utah with a time of 7:24:07
2nd. Rose Grant, 39, of Columbia Falls, Mont. with a time of 7:29:37
3rd. Haley Smith, 28, of Uxbridge, Ontario with a time of 7:41:53

Men


1st. Keegan Swenson, 28, of Heber City, Utah with a time of 6:00:01
2nd. John Gaston, 35, of Aspen, Colo. with a time of 6:14:31
3rd. Howard Grotts, 29, of Durango, Colo. with a time of 6:15:19


See full results here.



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bigquotesHonestly, patience was the name of the game today. I entered with complete and total openness and without expectation. I honestly didn’t think I was going to win until the last 100 yards. The last time-check I got was at mile 70 and at that point I had a 45-second lead, so from there on out I just told myself that’s what I had to play with.Hannah Otto

bigquotesWe had a big group rolling out from Pipeline and everyone worked quite well together. Going up Columbine it was Howard Grotts, Alexey Vermuelen and myself, and then halfway up I slowly pulled away from those guys, rode at my own pace and rode smart.Keegan Swenson

Second place finisher in the men’s division, Gaston, known as one of the fastest ski mountaineering racers in the country said, “I don’t deserve to be up here, I’ve never done anything on my bike remotely close to a podium at Leadville in my whole life.” When asked about his day, he said, “I didn’t have much of a plan except to really stay on top of eating and drinking because I still have haunting memories of 2019 going up Powerline, so I wanted to do everything in my power not to relive that nightmare. I took every bottle I could, stayed on top of my gels. I’m over the moon.”

Swenson’s win secures his first place position on the Life Time Grand Prix series presented by Mazda leaderboard. Haley Smith leads the women's standings by one point over Sofia Gomez Villafane. See the overall leaderboard here. The winner of the series will take $25,000, with $20,000 for second place and $16,000 for third.

The Leadville Trail 100 MTB is the fourth event in the Life Time Grand Prix series presented by Mazda. The next two Life Time owned off-road bike events on September 17 are the 40-mile Chequamegon MTB Festival presented by Trek in northwest Wisconsin, which will be the fifth event in the Life Time Grand Prix Series presented by Mazda, as well as the Stages Cycling Barn Burner in Flagstaff, Ariz. Now in its second year, The Rad Dirt Fest will take place in Trinidad, Colo. on Oct. 8 followed by the final bike event on the off-road event calendar, and final event of the Grand Prix series, the Life Time Big Sugar Gravel presented by Mazda on Oct. 22.

See the overall Life Time Grand Prix standings here.

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22 Comments
  • 40 0
 The day after, Keegan went to Steamboat Springs and won a 142 mile gravel rice. Guy doesn't stop.
  • 8 0
 I kind of doubted you because that's insane, but: www.athlinks.com/event/300676/results/Event/1025356/Results
  • 5 0
 thats a lot of rice!
  • 1 0
 Congratulations to Swenson and the rest .
  • 1 0
 I guess he just was disappointed with himself for not going sub 6 hours in Leadville.
  • 19 0
 Props to Rose Grant for nabbing 2nd at 39. Age is just a number!
  • 6 0
 It turns out endurance athletes peak later in life. This years Gran Fondo National champs were both over 40.
  • 10 0
 Major props to John Gaston!
  • 7 0
 Big result for Gaston! He does well in the ACC races, but this is a whole other league.
  • 1 3
 You owe me a coffee... this one just ended up on my monitor.
  • 1 1
 And a reason these types of events need drug testing.
  • 3 0
 haven't done a triple digit mountain bike ride before but i've done a bunch on a road bike. one loop in particular was a perfect 100 miles and it took me... 6 hours flat. homeboy rode a mountain bike at that pace with probably double the vert gained. madness!!
  • 4 1
 15k' of gain, and it starts/finishes at 10k' topping at 12.5. These people are animals.
  • 2 0
 6 hours. Insane. I looked on wiki for the FKT and it listed
-2015
-Alban Lakata, Austria
-5:58:35*
Out of all the times in the list this was the only one with an asterisk. I'm not sure if this mean it was a course change or what. Either way impressive effort by Hannah and Keegan!
  • 4 0
 I think the asterisk might just be for the fastest time?

I read that Lakata was riding in a group (w/ Sauser & Wells) until the powerline descent, which I think is like 80 miles into the race. It's seriously impressive that Keegan came within ~30 seconds of the FKT when he was off the front all by himself for the whole 2nd half of the race!
  • 2 0
 Has anyone on here raced the chequamegon 40? Any advice? I'm thinking of registering and just going for it lol.
  • 4 0
 Chunky singletrack and ski trail fun! Most enjoyable on a pure-bred XC bike with lightweight wheels and tires.
  • 1 0
 @cgreaseman: do you have any tire recommendations? 29x2.4", currently bontrager xr4 team issue front/ maxxis rekon rear.
  • 2 0
 @11six: Aspen 2.4 front and rear. If you want more grip, Maxxis 2.4 Rekon front, Aspen 2.4 in the rear.
  • 1 0
 @cgreaseman: that's what i was thinking. I'll probs just buy 1 aspen for the rear and move the rekon to the front. any concern of flats on this course?
  • 3 0
 Haley Smith..another Flatlander..KILLING IT!!







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