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Register Now for 2012 Leadville Trail 100 Qualifying Events

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Dec. 19, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

Editor’s note: In response to comments requesting confirmation of the September 15 date for Alpine Odyssey, it is correct and confirmed by race organizers. Crested Butte will be a part of the 2012 Leadville Race Series and is a member of the 2012 LT100 Qualifiers but slot winners will be awarded slots for the 2013 LT100.

Leadville, CO, America's highest incorporated city. Home of historic mines, fourteeners, the Arkansas River and very little oxygen. Photo: Singletrack.com (file)

Life Time Fitness, Inc, The Healthy Way of Life Company, announced Monday the qualifying events for riders interested in participating in the 2012 Leadville Trail 100 (LT100). Registration is officially open for the Leadville Race Series qualifiers.

The LT100 lottery will close on January 31, 2012. Those who participate in the qualifiers will have their names entered into the lottery draw for the LT100, or may automatically qualify based on their performance at the qualifying events. Every qualifying event will provide 70-100 riders with a qualification to participate in the 2012 LT100.

The 2012 LT100 mountain bike qualifying events locations and dates include the 2011 qualifiers:
June 17: Wilmington Whiteface 100, Wilmington, NY.
July 22: Tahoe Trail, Tahoe, Calif.
September 15: Alpine Odyssey, Crested Butte, Colo.

And the new locations:
April 21: Austin Rattler 100, Austin, Tex.
June 2: Barn Burner 104, Flagstaff, Ari.
July 14: Silver Rush 50, Leadville, Colo.

The expansion of the Leadville Race Series is an exciting step for Leadville enthusiasts, and will provide the opportunity to ride in venues including the Adirondacks, to the Sierra Nevadas, and the Rocky Mountains, and will increase the level of competition at the 2012 LT100.

To claim an LT100 qualifying slot:
The 70-100 qualifying slots will be filled and announced at the awards ceremony. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to claim their slot, which requires an immediate non-refundable entry fee payment to the LT100. 50% of the available slots will be based on an individual’s performance and the rest are awarded based on a lottery. Prior to the race start the number of available slots per division will be announced. The top male and female single speed finishers will each qualify for one slot, and the top tandem team will also automatically qualify. Qualifying slot winners will have 30 days following the event to defer their entry for the 2013 LT100. While events are USA Cycling sanctioned, points will not be awarded. Riders are expected to do their own repairs, but may accept parts at aid stations.

Austin Rattler 100, Austin, Tex.

Fees: General public: $95, Life time members: $85, Life time employee: $75, price per rider valid through 1/22/2012
Maximum racers: 1,000
Qualifications: Signed parental release and waiver for entrants under 18 years
Requirements: Photo ID at check-in
Registration: Register here
Awards: Sunday approximately 3p.m., or 30 minutes after completion. 3 deep in each division
Course description:
The first 2012 Leadville Qualifying Series event will have true Texas flavor, flowing through a 1,500-acre mountain bike ranch east of Austin. Half of this flowing course is fast singletrack and half dirt roads. Racers will do four laps on the 15.5-mile course. The Austin 100K should prove to be an event not to miss, whether or not you qualify for the LT100 as a result, and will culminate in a massive party Texas style. For those interested in racing for pleasure rather than LT100 qualification, there will be a two- and four-person relay. Map not yet available

Barn Burner 104, Flagstaff, Ari.

Fees: $105, price per rider valid through 3/4/12
Maximum racers: 1,000
Qualifications: Signed parental release and waiver for entrants under 18 years
Requirements: Photo ID at check-in
Registration: Register here
Awards: Approximately 3p.m., or 30 minutes after completion. 3 deep in each division
Course description:
The 104-mile race consists of four 26-mile loops on Forest Service roads through the Coconio and Kaibab National Forest. Given that it is geared more toward beginners than the other races, don’t expect much in the way of technical challenge. Those living at low altitude should definitely participate in this high-altitude event. There will be community camping on private land, so expect a chill bicycle community experience when not racing. View course map

Wilmington Whiteface 100, Wilmington, NY

Fees: General public: $95, Life time members: $85, Life time employee: $75, price per rider valid through 3/18/2012
Maximum racers: 1,000
Qualifications: Signed parental release and waiver for entrants under 18 years
Requirements: Photo ID at check-in
Registration: Register here
Awards: Sunday approximately 3p.m., or one hour after completion. 3 deep in each division
Course description:
Not a race for whiners, the loop begins at Witeface Mountain and climbs jeep roads in the Adirondak Mountain range in Northeastern New York. After navigating around Jay and Saddleback Mountains, riders will climb directly up the brutal front face of Witeface Mountain. The 1980 Olympic Winter Games witnessed Olympic skiers take on the the most impressive vertical drop east of the Rockies. The unforgiving Wilmington Whiteface 100 climbs that brutal face. The good news is riders are rewarded with unbelievable views of the summit of Olympic Mountain. View course map

Silver Rush 50, Leadville, Colo.

Fees: $90
Maximum racers: 1,000
Qualifications: Signed parental release and waiver for entrants under 18 years. If under 18, contact registration manager for details prior to registration
Requirements: Photo ID at check-in
Registration: Register here
Awards: Start at 4:30 p.m. at start/finish area. All finishers receive a “Leadville Silver Rush” silver bracelet and finishing medal, plus age group awards.
Course description:
Don’t be lured into believing that half the length of the LT100 means half as hard. We’re talking technical climbs and technical descents at altitude and no road closures. Expect LT100 minus anything your toughest friend would consider easy. The course is an out and back that winds through Leadville’s historic gold and silver mines. It will begin at the Cloud City Ski Hut in South Leadville, and from there riders will follow the course tape and chalk arrows to the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville. View course map

July 22: Tahoe Trail, Tahoe, Calif.

Fees: General public: $95, Life time members: $85, Life time employee: $75, price per rider valid through 4/22/2012
Maximum racers: 1,000
Qualifications: Signed parental release and waiver for entrants under 18 years
Requirements: Photo ID at check-in
Registration: Register here
Awards: 3 deep in each division
Course description:
The 30-mile loops start and finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. Just because the maximum elevation is 7,297ft, don’t expect the Sierra Nevada to be forgiving with over 7,000 feet of climbing. Singletrack will constitute 20 percent of the course, jeep road will make up 70 percent, and the final three percent is paved. Last year, racers recognized the Tahoe Trail for its overwhelming vistas and notable lack of flat sections. Although the majority of the course is jeep road, the singletrack can be technical. Course map to follow.

September 15: Alpine Odyssey, Crested Butte, Colo.

The 2011 Alpine Odyssey passed Crested Butte's iconic fields of wildflowers. Photo: Kevin Krill (file)

Fees: General public: $95, Life time members: $85, Life time employee: $75, price per rider valid through 6/24/2012
Maximum racers: 1,000
Qualifications: Signed parental release and waiver for entrants under 18 years
Requirements: Photo ID at check-in
Registration: Register here
Awards: 3 deep in each division
Course description:
If you aren’t still recovering from the LT100, get a jump on qualifying for 2013. Only once will the course drop below 9,000 feet in elevation, and will reach11,300 feet. The Washington Gulch climb will gain 1,872 ft over 7.7 miles of wildflower-covered hillsides. It will showcase Colorado’s beauty and physical challenges, as well as Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s memorable trail system. Home to more than world-class skiing and snowboarding, the resort’s trail system is extensive and has something for every type of rider. The race will circle Mt. Crested Butte and Mt. Baldy, finishing where it started at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. View course map

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