Leadville 100 Preview: Long Haul Racing Tactics

  • By Jason Sumner
  • Published Aug. 10, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM EDT

Todd Wells: Specialized, third place in 2010

On the real race beginning at the base of Columbine

“That’s the way it seems like it always goes down,” he says. “Last year it broke up some during the first few smaller climbs, but it would always come back together. Then on Columbine you either are going well or you’re not. You can’t hide on that climb.”

On the importance of being light

“It’s super-high elevation, and as you go up in elevation you lose power. But it’s a bigger drop for a big guy than a skinny guy, so you want to be as light as possible. That’s why I tried to lose a little weight coming in and opted for the hardtail over the full suspension.”

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