Our own editor Troy Templin will be competing in his fourth Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. While we don’t normally cover or attend mtb races, the Race Across the Sky has been known to attract some of the biggest names in road racing. This years event will probably be light on current road pros as the Colorado Classic will be in full force just a few thousand feet lower in Denver. But don’t count out the big name attendance with plenty of retired racers testing their MTB skills.
Local Floyd Landis former pro who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win for doping is participating this year along side his business partner Dave Zabriskie to promote their Floyds of Leadville cannabis endeavor. Thanks to the new Colorado laws that legalize the sale of marijuana, Floyds of Leadville is capitalizing on what they say are the benefits of cannabis for recovery. While this is controversial it seems to be exactly what Floyd wants to stir up some more business.
The race starts at 6:30 am on Saturday 8/12/2017 and consists of 104 miles with 13,340 feet of climbing and descending on the out and back course. What sets this race apart is its altitude with a low of 9,263ft and a high of 12,424ft. The fastest times will be in the six-hour range with the goal for many racers to finish under nine hours for the gold buckle or twelve hours for the silver buckle.