Leadville Winter Snow Bike Races 2012

January 12th, 2012

Leadville Snow Bike Race

Leadville’s winter snow bike race series kicks off this Saturday with a night race at Copper Mountain. There are 4 races in the series. Although fatbikes like the Salsa Mukluk are ideal for riding in the snow, regular mountain bikes can be used with as wide of tire as will fit your frame and running low tire pressure.

Schedule is

  • Jan. 14th – Copper en Fuego
  • Feb. 4th – Tennessee Pass Night Jam
  • March 3rd – Mineral Belt Mayhem
  • April 7th – East Side Epic

For more details, see the Cloud City Wheelers event page.

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2011 Leadville Snow Bike Series

January 17th, 2011

Snow racing will return to Leadville this winter with 3 races in the series. The first is this weekend. Like last year, 2 of them will be night races. The series is a great way to try out snow racing if you don’t live too far away to see if you want a bigger snow adventure like the Susitna 100, Arrowhead 135 or Iditarod Invitational.

Although snow racing is best on a bike like the Surly Pugsley that has clearance for giant tires, you can do it on a regular mountain bike. You just put as wide of tires as will fit on your frame and run low air pressure.

2011 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series Schedule

  • East Side Epic: Jan. 22, 10 am
  • Tennessee Pass Night Jam: Feb 19, 7pm
  • Mineral Belt Mayhem: March 5, 7pm

Chris had a good writeup of the East Side Epic last year.

Get the latest info on the Cloud City Wheelers Event Page or the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series Facebook page.

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Extreme Cold Endurance Mountain Biking

February 28th, 2010

This afternoon 50 hardy endurance racers will be heading out into the Alaska wilderness for the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The majority of them are racing the first 350 miles of the Iditarod dog sled race course to finish at McGrath. 9 of them have the goal of going the full 1,100 miles to Nome.

The racers get to choose whether to do the race on bike, ski or foot. Nearly every year it is won by someone on a bike. This year there are 30 mountain bikers, 18 runners and 2 skiers. I’m not sure why so few skiers do it. Any ideas?

Those on bikes use snow bikes. Snow bikes are basically mountain bikes with more clearance for wide tires. Not only are wide tires used but the rims can be twice was wide as normal mountain bike rims. This gives a lot of tire volume allowing tire pressure to be around 5 psi and a large contact area to spread the weight over the snow.

The last couple years I’ve been keeping track of Jill Homer during the race but she’s not doing it this year. This year I’ll be most interested in how my friend Chris Plesko is doing. Of couse I’m also interested in the other racers too.

Chris and I did a moonlight hike of Pikes Peak a couple years ago in the winter. Ok, it started in moonlight and turned into a blizzard in the wee hours of the morning. Since then Chris has finished the brutal 2745 mile Tour Divide from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, NM. Not only did he finish it but he was on a single speed.

The Iditarod Invitational leaderboard is kept updated throughout the race along with some commentary on the blog. I imagine Jill will also be writing some about the Iditarod Invitational on her blog. It looks like Craig Medred plans to be tweeting updates on twitter.

Men’s 350 Mile Records

  • Peter Basinger – bike – 2007- 3 days 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Jim Jaeger -ski – 200 – 4 days 8 hours
  • Steve Reifenstuhl – foot – 2005 – 4 days 15 hours

Women’s 350 Records

  • Kathi Hirzinger-Merchant – bike – 2005 – 5 days 7 hours 48 min
  • Gail Koepf – ski – 2005 – 7 days 6 hours 18 min
  • Loreen Hewitt – foot – 2008- 7 days 14 hours 40 minutes

1100 Mile Records – Northern route (even numbered years)

  • Mike Curiak – bike – 2002 – 17 days 2 hours
  • Roberto Ghidoni – foot – 2002 – 22 days 6 hrs 6 min
  • Women’s Record Kathi Hirzinger-Merchant – bike – 2008 25 days 12 hours 58 minutes *** first female cyclist to Nome***

1100 Mile Records – Southern route (odd numbered years)

  • Carl Hutchings – bike – 2005 – 22 days 47 min
  • Tim Hewitt – foot – 2009 – 25 days 9 hours and 29 minutes

- UltraRob

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Iditarod Trail Invitational Fundraising for Jill

February 23rd, 2009

Jill Homer - 2008 Iditarod Trail Invitation

Every year about this time, there’s a 350 mile mountain bike race. No, it is not in the warm, sunny southern desert. It’s in a desolate part of Alaska where temperatures can be well below zero and the snow deep.

It’s a race that I’ve dreamed of doing at times in my life. I then have unpleasant memories of sleeping in a tent in sub-zero weather and decide it’s not for me. The race is the Iditarod Trail Invitational and uses the first part of the Iditarod dog sled race course. Jill Homer finished the race last year and didn’t get enough. She’ll be riding back out into the snowy wilderness this Sunday, March 1st.

The race takes about a week and the equipment and supplies aren’t cheap. Last year I donated some of this site earnings to help Jill with expenses for the Iditarod Trail Invitational. I’m helping her again this year.

When you search for cycling and outdoor gear on UltraRob.com and then buy from partner stores, I receive a small commission. Starting today through March 1st, I’ll be donating 20% of my earnings to Jill. If you’ve been considering buying some cycling or outdoor gear, now you can buy it and support an endurance athlete. You can also go to her blog and donate directly through PayPal.

Jill wrote the book Ghost Trails about her experience last year. I hope to post a review of it sometime while she’s out on the trail. Check the sidebar on her blog to see the different ways you can buy a copy of Ghost Trails.

In addition to mountain bikers like Jill, there will also be runners and skiers racing the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

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Endurance Racing Results Feb 14 & 15 Weekend

February 18th, 2009


Last weekend saw plenty of endurance racing action. Mountain bikers were turning out laps at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. Ultra road riders were racing a RAAM qualifier in Florida and snow bikers were racing the Susitna 100 in Alaska.

Solo 24 Hours of Old Pueblo Race Results

Solo Men
Place Name Laps
1 Evan Plews 18
2 Ian Leitch 18
3 Tinker Juarez 17
4 Steven Yore 16
5 Todd Carpenter 16
6 Chuck Wheeler 16
7 Gattis Tyler 13
8 Dominic Laroche 13
9 Zachary Stanford 13
10 Sean Mcdevitt 13
Solo Women
Place Name Laps
1 Sarah Kaufmann 15
2 Terri Wahlberg 13
3 Mary Metcalf 12
4 Michele Bliss 9
5 Melissa Newbrey 8
Solo Men Singlespeed
Place Name Laps
1 Dejay Birtch 15
2 Sean Sullivan 15
3 Tom Ament 13
4 Chad Brown 12
5 Leonard Goodell 11
Solo Women Singlespeed
Place Name Laps
1 Lynda Wallenfels 16
2 Rebecca Tomaszewski 14
3 Chelsea Mcgowan 10
4 Amy Thomas 10
5 Stacey Kielman 9

Full results

24 Hours of Sebring

No one broke 500 miles this year in the men’s non-drafting RAAM Qualifier race, but David Holt came close with 490.4. I crewed for David for the Race Across America last year. I must say over 400 miles on a handcycle is impressive.

Non-Drafting Men
Place Name Miles
1 David Holt 490.4
2 Andrea Tosolini 486.7
3 Bryce Walsh 449.1
4 Marshall Reeves 434.6
5 Dave Rudnicki 430.6
6 Gunnar Ohlanders 419.5
Non-Drafting Women
Place Name Miles
1 Carolyn van den Bulk 385.9
2 Lori Dailey 370.8
3 Sharon Stevens 362.8
4 Vickie Tyer 359.4
Recumbent Men
Place Name Miles
1 Troy Timmons 427.2
2 Gary Carter 419.5
3 John Schlitter 408.7
4 Allen Duhm 382.6
Handcycles
Place Name Miles
1 Thomas Lange 403.8
2 Keane West 351.7
3 Viko Merklin 303.3
4 Patrick Doak 292.2

Susitna 100

Jill mentioned on her blog that it rained at the Susitna 100 and the trail was churned up into mashed potatoes. That doesn’t sound like much fun to me.

Men Bike
Place Name Time
1 Bill Fleming 16:15
2 Greg Matyas 19:17
3 Joe Pollock 21:02
4 Josiah Freeman 21:02
5 Christopher Wrobel 22:45
6 Jim Jager 23:14
7 Paul Lester 26:33
8 Dave Byers 26:42
9 David Hart 27:16
10 Jacques Boutet 27:24
Women Bike
Place Name Time
1 Janice Tower 21:02
2 Jill Valerius 30:53
3 Kristin Wolf 30:53

Full Results

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2009 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series

December 30th, 2008

Update 12/18/09: 2010 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series.

Update: Check out race reports for the EastSide Epic from Chris and Marni.

Once again there will be a Winter Mountain Bike Race Series in Leadville this winter. There are 5 races in the series. The first race is on January 17th.

New this year will be a series champion. You must compete in at least 3 of the 5 races to be qualified. Top three finishes wins a Karate Monkey Frame!

Although some racers have nice snow bikes like the Surly Pugsley, a special snow bike isn’t necessary. You can use your regular mountain bike with as wide of tires as will fit in the frame. Run low pressure in the tires. If the tires are wide enough, you may be able to run as low as 5 psi.

2009 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series Schedule

  • The EastSide Epic – January 17th
  • Tennessee Pass Night Jam – February 7th
  • Golf Course Chaos – February 21st
  • Mineral Belt Mayhem – March 7th
  • Tennessee Pass Spring Fling- March 28th

Find more information on the series at Cloud City Wheelers.

Other Snow Bike Races Including Ones Much Tougher

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Mike Curiak Ride to Nome Update

March 2nd, 2008


Mike Curiak has been trying to make it to Nome on the Iditarod trail without any outside support. Last year bad whether forced him back. He won’t go inside at any of the checkpoints or accept food or water. He’s not doing the Iditarod Trail Invitational but is riding at the same time.

He’s testing out his gear for something bigger. He won’t disclose what it is but some of guessed he’s planning to ride his bike across Greenland. Whatever he is planning there won’t be much chance of getting help if something goes wrong so he wants to make sure everything is well tested.

He is now in McGrath. According to the report on his blog today, he has a broken stove and his tent has failed. Not having a stove is a big problem for him since he needs to melt snow for drinking water. He’s trying to get replacements and head on to Nome.

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Iditarod Trail Invitational

February 26th, 2008

Jill Homer

The Iditarod Trail Invitational started on Sunday. It follows the Iditarod sled dog route. Racers choose whether to do it by bike, ski or foot. They also choose whether to go 350 miles to McGrath or 1,100 miles to Nome.

The weather has been good and the snow conditions have been good. Although the trail conditions have been good, there have been several reports of angry moose being on the course. It sounds as thought the leaders are now also running into softer snow.

The good trail conditions had people wondering if Pete Basinger could break his record from last year of 3 days 5 hours 40 minutes. Unfortunately, one of his pedals broke and he had to wait for a new one to be brought in by plane. Amazingly he caught back up to the leaders today. I raced with him at the 2004 Fireweed 400.

A couple weeks ago, I used my cycling and outdoor gear search to raise money for Jill Homer. She is having a great race and is on pace to break the women’s record. Her boyfriend, Geoff Roes was leading the foot division but a bad ankle has forced him to turn back.

Currently the leaders are near Rohn 210 miles into the race. It’s so remote that there aren’t many updates available.

Here are several links to track the race

Also Mike Curiak is again attempting to ride to Nome without using any of the checkpoints along the way. He won’t accept any kind of outside help. He’s carrying a transmitter that allows him to be tracked. Scott is posting regular updates on Mike’s blog.

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