Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Pictures

August 17th, 2007

Mark Smith Falls Into the Creek at the Bottom of the Powerline
I have uploaded pictures of the Leadville 100 Pre-Race and Start and of the Powerline outbound. Since I have so many pictures, I’m breaking them up into the different places I was on the course. I will add more links to the 2007 Leadville 100 mountain bike picture page as I get time.

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2007 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race Links

August 17th, 2007

My friend and Co-worker James Kahkoska Cleans Powerline
It’s been a busy week and I haven’t had much energy so I haven’t written up more about the Leadville 100 yet. My sinuses have been painful for the last couple weeks. Yesterday I commuted by bike and every time I hit a bump I had pain shoot through my teeth. Today I went to the doctor and they did a CT scan. They said they’ve seen worse but I have a pretty bad sinus infection.

There are a lot of good blog entries, articles and pictures about last weeks Leadville 100 mountain bike race. I’ll start with a few of them and keep adding to this post as I find them and have time. Feel free to add more links in the comments or send an e-mail to me and I’ll add them to the list.

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Wiens Wins #5 in Record Time, Landis 2nd

August 11th, 2007

Updated: Wiens won again in 2008 and Lance Armstrong was 2nd

Unofficial 2007 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Results

Dave Wiens and Floyd Landis Chat Before Their Big Face-Off

Dave Wiens and Floyd Landis Chat Before Their Big Face-Off

The pack rolls out at the 2007 Leadville 100

The pack rolls out at the 2007 Leadville 100

Dave Wiens Descending Powerline at the Leadville 100

Dave Wiens Descending Powerline at the Leadville 100

Floyd Landis Descending Powerline at the Leadville 100

Floyd Landis Descending Powerline at the Leadville 100

Dave Wiens at the Bottom of the Columbine Climb at the Leadville 100

Dave Wiens at the Bottom of the Columbine Climb at the Leadville 100

Dave Wiens and Floyd Landis After Columbine Climb at the Leadville 100

Dave Wiens and Floyd Landis After Columbine Climb at the Leadville 100

Dave Wiens at Water Crossing at Bottom of the Powerline

Dave Wiens at Water Crossing at Bottom of the Powerline

Landis Thinks He Can Ride the Water Crossing at the Bottom of the Powerline

Landis Thinks He Can Ride the Water Crossing at the Bottom of the Powerline

Landis Finds He Can't Ride the Water Crossing and is a Few Seconds Slower than Wiens

Landis Finds He Can’t Ride the Water Crossing and is a Few Seconds Slower than Wiens

Dave Wiens Wins Leadville 100 in Record Time

Dave Wiens Wins Leadville 100 in Record Time

Wiens' Time Was 6:58:46.  I Was a Few Seconds Slow Taking the Picture

Wiens’ Time Was 6:58:46. I Was a Few Seconds Slow Taking the Picture

Landis Comes in 2nd at the Leadville 100

Landis Comes in 2nd at the Leadville 100

Landis' Time Was 7:00:30.  I Was a Few Seconds Slow Taking the Picture

Landis’ Time Was 7:00:30. I Was a Few Seconds Slow Taking the Picture

Landis Left More Than Just His Energy on the Course

Landis Left More Than Just His Energy on the Course

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The Leadville 100 Has Started

August 11th, 2007

Floyd Landis and Dave Wiens at the Leadville 100

The Leadville 100 MTB Start

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Online 2007 Leadville 100 Updates During the Race

August 10th, 2007

The plan is for rider standings to be updated during the race. Go to the unofficial results page (no longer online). You will be able to review results by aid station or a specific racer. The aid stations results will be uploaded in batches and may take a few hours to get updated so don’t panic if one of your friends doesn’t show up in the results for a while. The finish line results shouldn’t take so long to get updated but could still be delayed for a while.

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In Leadville

August 10th, 2007

Leadville 100 Pasta Feed

I drove to Leadville this afternoon and arrived at the 6th Street gym a little before 7. There were still a few people hanging out after the pasta feed but most people had already left. I did see “Piglet” who crewed for me at the Race Across America last year. He’s doing the Leadville 100 for the 8th time. I also saw Ed and Tom who are Leadville newbies. Since they live in the Colorado Springs area and had seen some of my post on the LT100 Yahoo group they had wanted to get together and ask questions about the race. Several weeks ago we did an easy spin on the Santa Fe Trail at lunch time.

I spent the evening helping set up and network the computers for the timing people. They hang out in the cramped Lake County Assessors office at the court house. Once everyone’s through an aid station the call the results in.

I haven’t seen Floyd Landis but was told he is here. The timing people say if Lance is doing the race, it’s a well kept secret because they haven’t heard that he’s here.

Piglet
Ed

Tom

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Is Lance Armstrong Doing the Leadville 100?

August 7th, 2007

Start Line of the Leadville 100

Update: he didn’t race in 2007 but Lance Armstrong has entered for 2008.

A few weeks ago I posted the reasons it seemed that Lance Armstrong was still going to race the Leadville 100 this year. A Bicycling article the next day basically confirmed it. Since then a post on the LT100Bike group said that someone that had ridden with Lance at RAGBRAI had asked him about the Leadville 100. According to the poster, Lance said he wasn’t doing this year but he wants to race and win it next year.

Someone also posted a link to a VeloNews article. In it Mark Higgins, Armstrong’s spokesperson, was quoted saying that Lance still has a scheduling conflict and won’t be doing it this year. Joe Polk also posted today on MTBCast that he had talked to Ken Clouber this morning and Ken hasn’t heard anything from Lance. Ken did confirm that he has Floyd Landis’s race application

With him being here in town Thursday night, it really seemed like he was planning on racing. We’re only a 2 1/2 hour drive away. It’s possible he just doesn’t want people to know he’ll be there. That seems unlikely since there was a lot of publicity about him doing RAGBRAI and the New York Marathon. Ken should also have heard from him.

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Floyd Landis Sightings

August 6th, 2007

Floyd Landis at the Copper Triangle

I’ve been hearing rumors that Floyd Landis has been in Vail training for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race this weekend. Biking Bis reported that Landis rode the Copper Triangle on Saturday. It’s a 78 mile road ride that goes over 3 passes and goes through both Vail and Leadville. Howard and the group he was with got pictures with him.

Someone posted to the LT100Bike group this morning that they had seen Landis yesterday above timberline on the Columbine climb. It seems like he’s taking Leadville seriously. He’ll need to have gotten a lot faster since Vail Teva Mountain games if he wants win. Dave Wiens was fast in May for the Kokopelli Trail Race and then endurance mountain bike specialist Nat Ross is also on the Leadville entrant list.

With Landis being at the Leadville 100, my friend says he’s going to dress up like the devil at the Tour de France complete with a pitch fork. He’ll be on some of the climbs and run along racers. He thinks I should dress like a chicken. I haven’t found a chicken outfit though. Maybe it’s because I haven’t looked.

Chicken outfit or not, my current plan is to go up and spectate. The last 6 years I’ve either raced or crewed so it would be fun to be able to get around on the course and see more of the race. I haven’t been up to Leadville yet this year and we own an old mining claim a few miles out of town that I should check on.

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Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis at Leadville

July 14th, 2007

Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Start
Update: he didn’t race in 2007 but Lance Armstrong has entered for 2008. In 2007 Landis finished 2nd.

As I posted a couple days ago, everything was pointing to Lance doing the Leadville 100 on August 11th. Yesterday Bicycling published an article that basically confirms it. I doubt Lance or Landis will be at the top form of the careers but it should still make for an interesting race. Hopefully it won’t make things too crazy for crews to get between aid stations.

Lance Armstrong Racing the Leadville 100

July 10th, 2007

Leadville 100 MTB Start

Update: Lance didn’t race in 2007 but did in 2008. See videos of Lance and Dave Wiens.

There’s no official word yet but everything points to Lance Armstrong racing the Leadville 100 mountain bike race on August 11th. In December he said he had a scheduling conflict and bailed on doing the race.

In April my doctor told me that a Leadville local had told him that Lance was doing the race on a new Trek bike. A little over a week ago he rode 45 miles of the Leadville 100 course with Chris Carmichael. From what I can tell, they started in Leadville and rode to the bottom of the Powerline or a little farther and then rode back.

Today someone posted to the Leadville 100 Yahoo group, that Lance was going to be here in Colorado Springs 2 days before the race for a charity event. I tracked down that he’ll doing a fundraiser for Kids on Bikes at the Broadmoor Hotel the evening of August 9th after doing 2 kid’s bike rides in the afternoon. The timing of the fundraiser here is perfect for him to be in Leadville for the race. We’re less than a 3 hour drive away from Leadville.

Floyd Landis still says he’s still racing the Leadville 100. Unless he’s in a lot better shape than he was at the Vail Teva Mountain games he won’t be a threat to Lance for the win. I have my doubts that Lance is in the kind of shape either to win over Dave Wiens but it seems we have a good chance at finding out.

Update: A Bicycling article says Lance is doing Leadville.

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