Levi Effect Movie Tonight

October 23rd, 2012

As part of the investigation into Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer testified about the doping in Pro cycling. Last week he was fired from the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team because of his doping. Or maybe because he talked about it not that he doped. Tonight the Levi Effect is showing at theaters nationwide for one night only at 7:30 PM.

Levi has stood atop the podium of cycling’s most celebrated contests: The Tour de France. The Olympics. The Amgen Tour of California. The Vuelta a Espana. The Tour de Suisse and the USA Pro Challenge here in Colorado. But beyond the race coverage lies a man whose impact on those around him is even more notable. From the millions in charity work to the reshaping of his hometown.

I’ve been wondering how the doping would be handled in the movie. Neil Browne got to preview the Levi Effect and has a great review of it. He says there’s a segment that talks about the doping but Neil says, “There’s no gory details or tearful apology.”

The Levi Effect website lists 3 local theaters showing the Levi Effect tonight. They are Tinseltown, Cinemark Carefree Circle and Hollywood Theaters 14. If you’re looking for someone to go with, a group is meeting a Cafe Velo before going over to the movie at Hollywood Theaters. I plan to be there.

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Race Across the Sky 2010 Tomorrow

November 3rd, 2010

Here’s a reminder that Race Across the Sky, which covers the 2010 Leadville 100 is in movie theaters tomorrow evening, November 4th. It includes a live panel discussion with participating athletes Levi Leipheimer, Rebecca Rusch, Erik Weihenmayer and others. Although there will be an encore presentation on November 9th, it isn’t showing at any Colorado Springs theaters on that date.

Last year the movie sold out in many locations. I’m guessing that was a least partly because Lance Armstrong was in it but I’d get my tickets in advance. From the trailer, it looks like they got some great shots of the race again.

You can get last year’s Race Across the sky on DVD here or at Amazon.

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Leadville 100 Movie Tickets on Sale Now

October 1st, 2010

Tickets are now on sale for the Race Across the Sky 2010 on November 4th. It includes a live panel discussion with participating athletes Levi Leipheimer, Rebecca Rusch, Erik Weihenmayer and others. There will be an encore presentation on November 9th.

Last year the movie sold out in many locations. I don’t know if that was because Lance Armstrong was in it but I’d get my tickets in advance. From the trailer, it look like they got some great shots of the race again.

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2010 Leadville 100 Race Across the Sky Movie

September 14th, 2010

Citizen pictures is making a movie about the Leadville 100 again this year. The plan is for it to be in theatres November 4th, 2010.

I enjoyed the Leadville 100 movie they made last year. You can read my 2009 Race Across the Sky review here. I expect this year’s movie will be another good one to watch with so many big name racers even though Lance Armstrong wasn’t there.

Here’s a quick reminder for those in the Colorado Springs area. The Ride the Divide movie is showing tomorrow night at Stargazers Theater. Details here. For other locations, check the list of screenings.

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Congratulations to T-Shirt Winners

August 18th, 2010

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Thanks to everyone who guessed times for the Leadville 100 winner and my time.

David guessed I’d DNF at Twin Lakes inbound and was the closest so he gets a t-shirt. I actually turned around on the Columbine Mine climb since my asthma flared up from the sagebrush on Pipeline.

No one picked Levi Leipheimer to win. David and Mario were really close on Dave Wiens’ finishing time and Travis was close on JHK‘s time but unfortunately neither one was the winner.

Since no picked Levi, I used random.org to pick a winner of the 2nd t-shirt. It goes to Mario.

If you didn’t win a t-shirt but want one you can order them for $15. The front has the small logo and the back has the big logo for both colors.

Also the UltraRob.com jerseys are in and some are still available. Click the jersey images below to see a larger photo of them. They are $50 each.

Shipping is a flat $3 no matter how many t-shirts or jerseys you order.

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2010 Leadville 100

August 14th, 2010

Leadville 100 Start

Levi Leipheimer set a new course record for the Leadville 100 today. He finished in 6:16:37 to break Lance Armstrong’s record from last year of 6:28.

Official Results for Top 5 Overall :

1. Levi Leipheimer – 6:16:37.2
2. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski – 6:25:21.4
3. Todd Wells – 6:30:31.1
4. Dave Wiens – 6:33:54.1
5. Jeremiah Bishop – 6:33:54.4

Complete Results

I had doubts that I was in good enough shape this year to make the 12 hour time cut-off but at the 30 mile mark I was on pace to be a little under 12 hours. A few miles later my asthma started flaring up. I kept going for a little ways but by mile 46 on the Columbine Mine climb it was painful for me to breathe even though I had stopped several times to use my inhaler. I ended turning back down the hill instead of going to the top.

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Make Leadville 100 Prediction, Win T-Shirt

August 13th, 2010

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I’m up at Leadville today getting ready for the Leadville 100. Guess the winner and their finish time and if you pick the winner and are closest to their time you’ll win an UltraRob.com t-shirt. Although Lance Armstrong has said he won’t race there’s plenty of other potential winners to pick from. Some of them are Dave Wiens, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Levi Leipheimer, Matt Shriver, Jeremiah Bishop, Todd Wells and Alban Lakata and here’s the complete Leadville 100 entrant list.

You can also win a t-shirt for predicting at what mile I drop out or what my finish time is. Here are some hints on guessing my time. I weigh 50 lbs more than when I finished in 8:18 in 2003. I’m also even 20 lbs heavier than when I did 11:21 in 2008. I started training earlier this year than the 4th of July like I did 2 years ago but my fitness was really slow coming around.

To win a t-shirt, you must submit your guess by tomorrow’s 6:30 AM start time.

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Is Traffic Furniture Making the Tour de France Dangerous?

July 13th, 2010

Lance Armstrong of Radio Shack

The first week of racing at the Tour de France has left the peloton battered and bandaged. It has left some people wondering if the course has been too dangerous. I don’t remember where but I did read one article that said it was just bike racing and it hasn’t been that bad. Chris Carmichael and Greg Lemond have both written that it was a rough week.

Lance Armstrong has had particularly bad luck in this year’s Tour. He lost nearly 12 minutes after crashes in Sunday’s stage. Honestly though I’m more surprised that he won 7 consecutive Tours without any bad crashes or getting sick. With 3 weeks of racing for each one, that’s nearly half a year without an illness at the wrong time. It did seem he had stomach ailments one year and sat in on some flat stages.

In Carmichael’s article, he talks about some of the reasons why there may be more crashes now and why there are more broken bones. One the reasons he talks about is more “traffic furniture”. He says, “the small towns and cities throughout Europe have been steadily placing roundabouts, speed bumps, chicanes, and narrowed sections of road in place in order to slow down traffic.” Not only do they increase the chance of a crash but can make for a harder landing.

Hopefully now that Lance is out of GC contention, he’ll go for some stage wins and make for some interesting racing. He has also said he’ll ride for Levi Leipheimer. There’s still plenty of exciting racing left no matter what Lance does.

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