Video & Race Report: Leadville Trail 100 MTB 2019

Aug 16, 2019
by LifeTimeEvents  
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1,643 cyclists ranging in age from 18 to 73 and representing 50 states and 23 countries endured the extreme test of endurance and grit, also known as the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race, owned and produced by Life Time. During the iconic event, now in its 26th year, bikers raced at elevations beginning at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet.

Howard Grotts, 26, of Durango, Colo. secured his place as reigning champion of the event, placing first for the third year in a row with a finish time of 6:19:18. Quinn Simmons, 18, also of Durango, Colo. secured second place with a finish time of 6:22:24. Lachlan Morton, 27, notable road cyclist hailing from Louisville, Colo. followed Morton, placing third in the division with a completion time of 6:22:42.

Grotts, immediately after successfully battling 100 miles of rugged Rocky Mountain terrain and crossing the finish line, was able to carry on a conversation with spectators and media with ease, saying, “I rode a pretty steady pace … there is really good space out there, and I was on a great bike.” Morton, competing in his first mountain bike event, added, “My favorite part of the day was pretending to be a mountain biker, coming down Power Line with Alex, and hanging in there – the last time I went down it, I definitely felt like a road racer.”

In the women’s division, Rose Grant, 36, of Columbia Falls, Mont. earned first place with a time of 7:36:07. This was Grant’s first year participating in the event. Sarah Sturm, 29, of Durango, Colo. earned second place in the division with a completion time of 7:54:23. Angela Parra, 37, of Santa Ana, Costa Rica placed third, crossing the finish structure with a clocked time of 7:55:56.

Grant pushed hard and knew her needs, “I think a race like this is really so individual and knowing how to pace yourself and stay on top of nutrition,” the 36-year-old said. “I was able to pass Sarah on Columbine climb, and just kept my head down, kept eating and drinking, and it worked out.”

While not all were successful on America’s highest 100-mile MTB course, 1,332 of the 1,643 riders that started the race crossed the finish line within the twelve hour time limit. This year’s youngest finisher was 18 years old and the oldest was 73 years old. The median age was 44. 1209 men completed the race while 123 women did. Overall women’s participation increased by

39 percent year-over-year. In addition, 647 riders this year were first time Leadville Trail 100 MTB competitors.

Adding to the hype of the day, impactful fundraising took place for two key Leadville Trail 100 foundations. “Back of the Pack” rider Ty Hall, a Leadville, Colo. native, passed 1,474 bikers, raising money for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, which provides grants to Lake County High School graduating seniors pursuing higher education. Life Time Founder and CEO Bahram Akradi, along with a team of riders supporting the Life Time Foundation, raised money to support schools in removing the Harmful 7 highly processed and artificial ingredients from their menus.


12 Comments

  • 3 0
 If you like Leadville 100, put Marji Gesick on your list for next year. Life is full of bad decisions, make the best of them.
  • 1 0
 When I think of Leadville I think of the ultra marathon runners for some reason,cool town though and I forgot what the local brand is called that likes to makes fleece stuff
  • 1 0
 melanzanaaa
  • 1 0
 You're telling me this Ty Hall dude passed 90% of the riders that started??? seems rather insane.... and interesting considering only 1300 finishers?
  • 1 1
 "Aero bars, gravel tires and guys crying. Mountain biking at it's finest!"

@smithcreek your comment was too good to get down voted so I'm putting it back on the page:
  • 1 0
 Melonzana?
Great stuff.... but rare.
  • 1 1
 Check out Salzkammergut Trophy 'A' Strecke 210km (130miles) and 7119m (23356 feet)
  • 7 10
 Aero bars, gravel tires and guys crying. Mountain biking at it's finest!
  • 17 0
 People love to shit talk this race, but descending Powerline while passing 75 triathletes/roadies riding knees out at 10mph while trying not to stuff it into a 3ft deep rut was one of the scariest MTB descents I've ever done. At least on Flying Monkey or Tresspasser you aren't suddenly doing a 30mph S turn around a guy with a sleeveless jersey and aero helmet that has suddenly teleported into your path by means of inexplicable bike handling technique.

I enjoyed Leadville, probably wouldn't do it again, but it has lots of interesting dynamics that you don't normally get in road or MTB races. You have to play to your strengths, whether that's being strong technically (no it's not -70% grade with 30ft doubles, but your collective time descending is over an hour, and fast, your skill does matter), strategic riding in the flats in the large group, steady grinding on Columbine, or attacking the steep/tech climbs of Sugarloaf/Powerline. If you are looking for the most technical MTB racing, lucky for you those races exist as well.
  • 3 6
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: if you like racing that is.
  • 2 11
flag fullfacemike (Aug 16, 2019 at 19:08) (Below Threshold)
 @smithcreek Crying is bad and anyone who cries is bad, bruh.
  • 2 4
 No thanks

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