Today nearly 2,000 riders from across the U.S. and around the world participated in the 21st Annual Leadville 100 MTB, presented by Herbalife24 and produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE:LTM). In the iconic event, participants rode more than 100 miles of challenging Colorado Rockies terrain at elevations ranging from 10,152 to 12,424 feet.
Following the 6:30 a.m. MST start, Durango, Colorado’s own Todd Wells (United States) and Sally Bingham (Great Britain) emerged as the 2014 champions. In the male division, Wells crossed the finish in 6:16:26, followed 18 seconds behind by second place winner Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) who finished in 6:16:44. Kristian Hynek (Czech Republic) finished third in 6:22:47. In the female division, Sally Bingham (Great Britain) notched a back-to-back win after her 2013 victory and finished with a winning time of 7:23:57. Jennifer Smith from Gunnison, Colorado (USA) followed at 8:06:26 and Nina Baum from Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) finished third with a time of 8:14:07.
The original ultra-distance mountain bike event, the Leadville Trail 100 launched in 1994 and has since attracted thousands of racers to the Colorado community.
“Year after year we are inspired and amazed by the determination and tenacity of all competitors in the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race,” said Josh Colley, Leadville race director. “We congratulate Todd and Sally on their wins today and applaud all participants who crossed the finish line. No matter what time or goal was achieved today, everyone who was on the course is a champion and a great example to anyone striving to live a healthier way of life.”
The 2014 Leadville Race Series concludes Saturday, Aug. 16 with nearly 850 participants running the Leadville Trail 100 Run, presented by New Balance. The legendary “Race Across the Sky” 100 mile run began 1983 and still draws thousands of participants to Leadville each year for a demanding 103-mile out-and-back course with total elevation range, or climb, of 17,000 feet.
Logo courtesy Leaderville 100/ Life Time