Rebecca Rusch and Alban Lakata conquered more than 100 miles of
challenging Colorado Rockies terrain and elevations as high as 12,424
feet to be crowned champions at this year’s Leadville Trail 100 MTB.
Nearly 2,000 riders from 50 states and 35 countries descended upon
Leadville, Colorado, to take on the country’s most prestigious
ultra-distance mountain bike race.
Rebecca Rusch (Ketchum, Idaho) won the women’s division at 7:28:06,
shattering the previous women’s record she set last year by more than
three minutes. She’s the only woman in Leadville Trail 100 MTB to win
four times. Among the women’s division, Sally Bigham (Poole, England)
finished second at 7:34:35 and Pua Mata (Anaheim Hills, California)
finished third at 7:38:04.
Competing against a stellar field of some of the country’s best mountain
bikers on the 103-mile course, Alban Lakata (Lienz, Austria) won the
men’s division at 6:32:24. Lakata held off Christoph Sauser (Sigriswil,
Switzerland), who finished second at 6:34:51, and Jeremiah Bishop
(Harrisonburg, Virginia), who finished third at 6:41:58.
The renowned Leadville Trail 100 MTB is the original ultra-distance
mountain bike event, beginning and ending in the heart of Leadville
located west of Denver. Since 1994, the Leadville Trail 100 has been
attracting thousands of racers to the Colorado community.
The weekend also tested the fortitude of the 84 athletes competing for
the title of Leadman and Leadwoman. Since June, each Leadman and
Leadwoman athlete has competed in the Leadville Trail Marathon,
Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike Race or Silver Rush 50-Mile
Trail Run Race, Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race, and Leadville 10K Run.
For all Leadville race results and more information, visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com.
Leadville Trail 100 MTB action can also be followed by liking the Leadville
Race Series Facebook page.
About the Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 in 1983, the
Leadville Race Series now consists of seven running events and four
mountain biking events, plus six events in the Leadville Qualifying
Series. The Race Series stretches across three months, and hosts
thousands of racers on foot and on mountain bike in some of the world’s
most iconic events. Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage
to Leadville, Colo., with the single goal of competing in “The Race
Across the Sky.” Visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com
for more information.
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