Leipheimer bypassing Leadville 100 for Utah and Colorado races

  • By Neal Rogers
  • Published Jul. 29, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM EDT
2010 Leadville Trail 100, Levi Leipheimer

Leipheimer in Leadville last year

Team RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer, winner of the 2010 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race in his first attempt, is bypassing the opportunity to defend his title in order to compete at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.

Leipheimer took the LT100 crown in record time last year and went on to win the overall at the Tour of Utah the following weekend while riding without the support of a team.

However the addition to the calendar of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a UCI 2.1 stage race held in Colorado from August 22-28, pushed the dates of the Utah race forward a week to August 9-14, creating a conflict with the LT100, held August 13.

Leipheimer told he’s not sure if he’ll ever do Leadville again.

“I don’t know. It might be best to do it once, have the record, and just leave it at that,” he said. “It’s a very epic race, and I’m glad I did it, but at the same time it was pretty damn hard. I’m not sure I ever want to go and suffer like that again.”

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Neal Rogers

Neal Rogers served as Editor in Chief of Velo magazine and from 2011-2015. He is also a Presenter at Global Cycling Network. An interest in all things rock 'n' roll led him into music journalism while attending UC Santa Cruz, on the central coast of California. After several post-grad years spent waiting tables, surfing, and mountain biking, he moved to San Francisco, working as a bike messenger, and at a software startup. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2001, taking an editorial internship at VeloNews. He still hasn't left.

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