Last year Matt Shriver was one of the riders tapped by Lance Armstrong to hammer the pace in an effort to break the course record.
Armstrong finished in 6:28:50, 15 minutes faster than the record. That was largely due to the work of Shriver, coach of the perennially powerful Fort Lewis College cycling team in Durango, Colorado.
“Matt was making everyone suffer except Lance,” six-time Leadville winner Dave Wiens said after last year’s race, adding that the early pace was the fastest he’d ever seen.
And even though he left everything out on the course, Shriver managed to finish third behind Wiens and the man he was working for — Armstrong, who never truly attacked last year. Instead he rode away from the front group at the base of the infamous Columbine climb — all except for one guy.
“I looked back and there was no one there but Shriver,” Armstrong said after the race.
Will Shriver bring the pain this year like last year? Check out the video…