Leadville 100 MTB FAQ

, , | UltraRob | Sunday, January 20th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

2007 Leadville 100 MTB Start

About this time every year, people start asking a lot of the same questions on the Yahoo Leadville 100 MTB group. Last year these questions were the motivation for a great article about preparing for your first ultra. Although it covers most of the common questions about Leadville, it may not be the best format for finding the answer to a specific question.

Nearly all the questions have many answers. It’s key to experiment during training to find what works for you and then stick to that on race day. My answers are based on racing the Leadville 100 6 times, crewing twice and just watching one year.

Here’s the outline for the questions I’ll be answering. I’ll add links here as I write the posts. Feel free to suggest more questions. Also feel free to add your comments on the answers.

  • How do I enter?
  • How does the entry lottery work?
  • How to train?
  • What to eat during rides?
  • What Equipment?
    • Best Bike?
    • Which tires?
    • Disc brakes or V-brakes?
  • What’s the course like?
  • How about the altitude?
  • Where to stay?
  • Race day questions
    • How do I get my best finish time?
    • When should I get to the start line?
    • What do I do with drop bags?
    • What to wear?
    • What should I carry with me?
    • How about the congestion on St. Kevins?
    • What are the aid stations like?
    • Will I finish?
    • Music or No Music?

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59 Responses to “Leadville 100 MTB FAQ”

  1. Fonk says:

    Personally, I look forward to the write-up! This will be my first crack at it (assuming I get in).

  2. Arlyn says:

    Thanks for taking the time to write this, looking forward to the info. 2008 will be my first Leadville.

  3. newtonfreak says:

    Hey Rob,
    Is this going to be an active thread, or is it dead? I ask because I'm extremely interested in reading the content, but it looks like it's about a year old. I'm doing Leadville this year for the first time, and your outline looks like it would really help.

    cheers,
    rich ingersoll

  4. UltraRob says:

    newtonfreak,
    This thread isn't dead but stalled out when I lost some of my draft. What topics are of most interest to you?

  5. newtonfreak says:

    Rob, The topics that most interest me are:
    Equipment (all 3 topics listed)
    What the course is like and your thoughts on Altitude.

    Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated!

    thx,
    rich

  6. UltraRob says:

    Rich, I'll get working on the topics you said are of most interest.

  7. newtonfreak says:

    Thanks Rob…your help is much appreciated!

  8. Hey
    I like to get working on the topics you said are of most interest.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I applied to join the Yahoo group about a week ago, no response. Any idea how to get access? Thanks!

  10. UltraRob says:

    Anonymous, Have you gotten access to the Yahoo group yet? I didn't remember that membership had to be approved. I heard back from Steve, the moderator, and he said that mentioning anything about the race will help get you approved because he's just trying to filter out the spammers.

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