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Results: Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race

Aug 13, 2023 at 18:34
by Betsy Welch  
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The results are in from the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. A field of 1,750 riders competed in Leadville for the famed 100-mile ‘Race Across the Sky’ through the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. The pro field was stacked with 70 riders from the Life Time Grand Prix series, among other decorated elites. Keegan Swenson smashed the longstanding course record of 5:58:35 by more than 15 minutes. Check out the results below.


Women


1st. Sofia Gomez Villafañe, 30, of Heber City, Utah with a time of 7:09:48
2nd. Ruth Winder, 30, of Nederland, Colorado with a time of 7:11:12
3rd. Alexis Skarda, 33, of Grand Junction, Colorado with a time of 7:19:03

Men


1st. Keegan Swenson, 29, of Heber City, Utah with a time of 5:43:31
2nd. Alexey Vermeulen, 28, of Pinckney, Michigan with a time of 6:08:01
3rd. John Gaston, 36, of Aspen, Colorado with a time of 6:08:05


See full results here.



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bigquotesAt the bottom of the Boulevard, l looked back and thought, I'm pretty sure that’s Ruth Winder coming for me. I guess this is where my training kicks in — let’s see what kind of 15 minute effort I can do to the finish line to not only finish Leadville for the first time but to finish in the first spot.Sofia Gomez Villafañe

Gomez Villafañe, who DNF'ed last year, had a bone to pick with the 105-mile race, and she did more than meet her goal of finishing. The 30-year-old Specialized Off-road rider was in the lead for the majority of the seven hours, riding with Santa Cruz's Alexis Skarda until the Columbine climb at mile 42. There, Gomez Villafañe sensed weakness in her competitor and made a move on the notoriously steep climb up to 12,500 feet. Skarda would stay in second place until the base of the Powerline climb at mile 80, where she was overtaken by Ruth Winder. Second on the day was a huge result for the former WorldTour rider.

bigquotesI was so short of the record (last year), so this year I just went all in, and if I blew up in the end, I blew up,” said Swenson.“I didn’t want to just get the record by a few seconds, I wanted to make it mine. I just put my head down and gave it everything I had on my way back from Columbine. The conditions were good, the course was fast and tacky, there was a little bit of wind and some rain, but the boys were rolling and everyone was down to ride.Keegan Swenson

After the race, Swenson revealed that he was planning to ride a 5:50 pace, which would have been 11 minutes faster than his 2022 time and would have also broken the record by eight minutes. His Santa Cruz HTSQD teammate Tobin Ortenblad set the pace from the gun with what was practically a 25-mile time trial. Separation was achieved, and a group of around 13 riders formed. They were together through the Twin Lakes feed zone at mile 40, but Swenson shed everyone one-third of the way up the subsequent Columbine climb. Former roadie Alexey Vermeulen was able to stay on his wheel for a few miles, but Swenson powered up the seven mile climb mostly alone. When he came back through the Twin Lakes feed at mile 60, he had eight minutes on the chasers.

Vermeulen, three-time Leadville champ Howard Grotts, Cole Paton, and skimo pro John Gaston were the four that would try and chase Swenson to the line; Vermeulen and Gaston, who sprinted for second and third, didn't get there for nearly 25 minutes after Swenson smashed the course record in 5:43:31.

Swenson’s win further solidifies his first place position on the Life Time Grand Prix series presented by Mazda leaderboard. Gomez Villafañe leads the women's standings. 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.

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42 Comments
  • 50 6
 It would be awesome if you added in the results of the Para (people with disabilities) results as well to help spread awareness of people with disabilities doing big races like this!
  • 10 1
 The "See Full results Here" link takes you to everyone.
  • 31 0
 Bucket list material right here! Gotta love Keegan's nonchalance and utter domination.
(The previous course record was held by a world champ with multiple pacers that helped with drafting and energy conservation.)
  • 10 0
 The guy seems unbeatable lately; I'm really stoked for him and it's fun as hell to watch! (I also really appreciate that he publishes his power files for folks to nerd out on).
  • 5 0
 "(The previous course record was held by a world champ with multiple pacers that helped with drafting and energy conservation.)"

To be fair, Keegan got an absolutely mad lead out by Tobin. That was an all out 25 minute TT to the first climb.
  • 6 0
 Tobin helped him by pushing the pack incredibly hard at the beginning. Guessing that cost Tobin a handful of spots. Keegan is a beast and definitely hitting prime curious to see where things go the next 2-5 years.
  • 7 0
 @onemanarmy: From Tobin's post: These long ass races don’t usually start very fast, so we figured we could at least shave a minute or two off there if I got the group moving fast right from the gun. After that the rest would be up to him and I would have to suffer through the remaining 95 miles."

There's more but that's the gist;

www.instagram.com/p/Cv4vpHJuFmt

He ended up finishing an hour behind Keegan (which is still bonkers-fast!)
  • 3 0
 @dolface: Yeah for sure.... I think if Tobin runs his race... he finishes top 15-20. Nobody was keeping up with Keegan. That pace was insane.
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy: Absolutely insane, the coverage I could get from instagram stories showed Alexey was the only one capable of holding Keegan's wheel about a third of the way up Columbine. But by the top Keegan had put a full 8 minutes into Alexey. He just slaughtered everyone. Lachlan setup his entire year for this race and was out of the running a mile into the first climb.
  • 3 0
 @303uru: He just posted that he flatted early and burned his matches getting back: www.instagram.com/p/Cv8drFbrAEA

(I don't think he would have beaten Keegan even without the flat, dude was on a mission!)
  • 1 0
 @303uru: Yeah, for the first 25 minutes. Alban Lakata (previous record holder), was with a group for the entire race when he set the record. Keegan did 80% of the race solo and crushed it...what a badass.
  • 3 0
 Keegan's power analysis for anyone who wants to geek out: velo.outsideonline.com/mountain/keegan-swensons-leadville-trail-100-mtb-record-smashing-power-numbers

tl;dr:
Time: 5:43:36
Average Power: 274w (4.2w/kg)
Normalized Power: 304w (4.6w/kg)
Energy Burned: 5,654 kJs
Elevation Gain: 11,959 ft
  • 23 0
 The winning bikes look normal
  • 1 0
 Except for Sophia's tires. She was running 47mm Specialized Tracer gravel tires.
  • 4 0
 Both winning riders from the small mountain town of Heber, Utah. Must be something in the water up there. Congrats on the wins!
  • 6 0
 At least you didn't say "something in their water bottles up there" haha.
  • 1 0
 You probably know this, but some may not. Sofia isn't from there, she lives with her boyfriend, Keegan Swenson.
  • 3 0
 Need more gravelcountry saggystem bike checks!
  • 2 2
 Need more gravelcountry saggystem bike checks, sponsored by Viagra.
  • 4 1
 Power couple
  • 1 0
 SO MANY WATTS!
  • 1 0
 Honesty question here, I don't know much about XC or long distance races, but do Sofia or Keegan race world cup xc?
  • 4 2
 Sofia has not but Keegan used to: www.rootsandrain.com/rider18147/keegan-swenson/results

He's said that longer (multi-hour) format races suit him better.
  • 2 0
 @dolface: The MTB marathon World Championships took over 4 hours to complete. Would be interesting to see how he stacks up against the best.
  • 6 0
 @dolface: Sofia has also raced XC world Cup and was the National Champion for Argentina in XC and also went to the Olympics for her Nation.
  • 1 0
 @HankHank: comparing apples and oranges. I am not sure he will switch back over. When you find something you are good at, why do something different?
  • 2 0
 @HankHank: Andreas Seewald, 2021 UCI Marathon World Champ, raced Leadville this year. Finished in 6:20:09. So, Keegan beat him by ~37min in this particular race.
  • 1 0
 @MTB-RVA: My bad, I read your response wrong as you wanted him to do XC again. My apologies. He did do Worlds in 2021 and finished 7th. But to my knowledge those races intefere with the Lifetime Grand Prix Series which is really his biggest focus at this point
  • 2 0
 @JoeHelvoigt: No worries. Leadville is definitely a unique race due to altitude and certainly an "A" race for Keegan and possibly not Andreas. Would be interesting to see how it would all shake out at a "normal" marathon race. Maybe next year when MTB marathon worlds are in the US at Snowshoe.....?????
  • 3 0
 @JoeHelvoigt: Thanks for that! (on closer look she has two entries on rootsandrain.com and I only saw one, here's the one w/ her WC results: www.rootsandrain.com/rider104170/sofia-gomez-villafane/results)
  • 2 1
 Keegan is an animal! His record is just crazy
  • 1 0
 Grand Junction represent! Go Alexis!
  • 1 1
 Way to go Alexey!
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