The Leadville 100 Trail takes place at over 9 000 ft of altitude - going up to over 12 000ft. This meant that my team mate Leah and I were going to have a pretty rough time jumping from Vancouver's 0ft of altitude up to Leadville. We decided to spend 5 days in Boulder as prep for the race. While Boulder only sits at slightly over 5000ft it still gave us a chance to get used to some thinner air - and most importantly - have an awesome time on our mountain bikes. Here are a few videos from our time in Boulder. We had fun making them, so hope you enjoy them!
Gastown Grand Prix is arguably the marquee event of BC Superweek. All the other races are awesome – but Gastown has the biggest crowds, the biggest field, and the biggest prize purse. For us at Trek-Red Truck Racing, it also has the biggest sponsor turn out, giving us a great opportunity to show off our racing skills in front of those that support us. We even get limited edition Louis Garneau Allstream skin suits for the occasion. While I’m not one to squeeze myself into a skinsuit for any reason other than a TT, after the evening’s results, I might be more willing to in the future.
If you missed the race, it was a pretty spectacular one for Trek-Red Truck if I do say so myself. A rider attacked for a prime 10 laps in, I decided to follow and go for the $200 prime, and then found myself with a gap. Honestly, I didn’t want to be off the front at that point, but I had a gap and I wasn’t going to give it up for free. As the laps went on, the gap kept growing. I’d chalk this up to the awesome crowds giving me some extra oomph, and my teammates being pros of shutting down any potential moves back in the field.
With 10 laps to go I had the pack in sight, and was pretty sure I was actually going to pull it off - barring any sort of mechanical. With three laps to go a prime of $400 was put up for me to lap the field. Side note of how awesome our sponsors are: When I went to collect prize money that evening I saw that half that prime came from one of our team sponsors Tony Martin; thanks Tony! I hadn’t been convinced that I wanted to lap the field (even if I could) because it’s cool to be able to celebrate a win on your own. With the money on offer, I had to try and found that I had enough gas to close the gap. The team had tons of air time over the evening and walked away with a pretty nice prize purse thanks to Global Relay and Allstream.
Here’s my top 3 moments from the night:
And here's another great Gastown blog from my team mate Craig Richey: TRT BLOG