2011 - Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race Draws Nearly 2,000 Riders

LEADVILLE, Colo., Aug 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nearly 2,000 riders, including many of the sport's fiercest competitors, will participate in the country's most prestigious ultra-distance mountain bike event, the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, on August 13.

Beginning and ending in the heart of Leadville, Colo., located 100 miles west of Denver, participants from 50 states and 28 countries will race on a demanding course with steep, technical climbs and descents and elevations ranging from 9,000 to 12,620 feet along the 104-mile out-and-back course.

This year's event includes a strong field of competitors including two-time defending Leadville Trail 100 MTB winner and women's record holder Rebecca Rusch and six-time Leadville Trail 100 champion Dave Wiens. Both will be joined this year by some of the best mountain bikers in the world, including:

Sari Anderson
Kelli Emmett
Pua Mata
Gretchen Reeves
Jenny Smith

Jeremiah Bishop Alex Grant
Bart Brentjens Jay Henry
Carl Decker Tim Johnson
Bill Demong Tinker Juarez
Peter Glassford Ned Overend
Alex Grant

"Once again, the lure of Leadville has assembled a tremendous field, and we are looking forward to showcasing the incredible athleticism and spirit of these athletes," said Kenneth Cooper, vice president of Life Time Fitness Athletic and Endurance Events. "The caliber of riders participating this year will create a challenging race and we anticipate a great day of competition."

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