Filmed on location at the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville, CO
Alban Lakata, Kristian Hynek, and Sally Bingham
Three top mountain bikers from Team Topeak Ergon came on together to chat about Leadville. Kristian Hynek, who had a five minute lead with 25 miles to go before blowing up at the 2014 Leadville, Alban Lakata, the two- time champion (2012 and 2013) and course record holder, and two-time defending champion (2013 and 2014) and course record holder, Sally Bingham talked about how the event has become more important over time, and strategy for race day.
She is a four-time champion and a mountain bike legend. Meet the Queen of Pain, Rebecca Rusch!
Todd Wells was coming into Leadville as the two- time champion and the defending champion. He told us he was fit and ready to go for win number three.
Julie Dibens is a three-time Xterra World Champion and the 2009 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, but at Leadville she is going in as just another untested rookie, which is fine with her.
How many cyclists have won six straight Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race titles, plus knocked off Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong? Dave Wiens is in a club of his very own!
One Arm Willie Stewart and Paul Fejtek from the Challenged Athletes Foundation
This is called Inspiration Times Two: One Arm Willie Stewart and Paul Fejtek from the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Paul is a rookie, Willie a hard core veteran looking for Leadville finish number six.
Paul Thomas is a long time endurance athlete and multiple time Leadville finisher who, for this year’s race, is crewing rather than racing. Your crew is the x factor on race day. PT came on to tell us how the perfect crew can make for the perfect race.
Brian Vaughan, CEO of GU Energy Labs
Brian Vaughan, CEO of GU, is a Leadville sponsor, but also a committed Leadville participant. His goal? Finish his sixth Leadville!
Creators of the Leadville 100 Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin
The town of Leadville, Colorado had 4,500 residents in the early 1980s and 3,000 of them worked in the mines. When the mines closed, the city was destitute. Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin came up with the idea of producing a 100 mile run to drive hotel business to the area. A 100 miler that starts at over 10,000 feet and goes up to 12,500 feet? “No one will do that,” doubters told them. But Ken and Merilee were on to something. The run started in 1983, the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race started in 1994, and the town is thriving! Ken and Merilee have created a huge extended family in Leadville that is all about Belt Buckles and Sweaty Hugs.
The Tomorrow Chaser Program from Transamerica
Casey Cortese, from Transamerica, and Leadville local, Ty Hall chat about the Tomorrow Chaser program for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. For every cyclist Ty passes, Transamerica will be donating $5 to the Leadville Legacy Foundation.
Leadville Race Director Josh Colley
Josh Colley is a long-time resident of Leadville, a committed mountain biker, and the race director for the most important long distance mountain bike race around. As far as he’s concerned, Josh has the world’s best job!
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