Right now August seems like a very long ways away. I hope to be standing way too early in the cold on a street at over 10,000 feet on August 14. In order to have that privilege, I have to take action now.
The entry deadline for the Leadville 100 mountain bike lottery is this Sunday January 31st at 5 PM. New for this year is a $15 fee just to try getting into the race. The lucky racers will be notified whether they got in by February 8th.
I heard that about 5,000 entries were received last year. With the Leadville 100 movie and Lance expected to race again I expect at least double that will register this year. According to a Singletrack.com article there have been entries from 98 countries. That may mean the entries will be much more than doubled from last year.
I’ve signed up in hopes of lining up for my 7th time. I finished my first 5 times. Last year I got a stomach bug the night before. I started but bailed after I was doubled over beside the trail twice in the first 20 miles. I’ll spare you the details.
If they let 1,400 racers in like last year and receive over 10,000 entries, that doesn’t give much better than a 10% chance of getting in. Since some people are given preference in the lottery, some will have a better chance of getting in.
Good luck to everyone in the Leadville 100 lottery!