Preview: Expect records to be broken and lightweight tires to flat at the 2012 Leadville Trail 100

  • By Eszter Horanyi
  • Published Aug. 9, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

The Leadville 100 is the most prestigious 100-mile mountain bike race in the United States, if not the world.

A mix of the world’s best cyclists across road, mountain and triathlon disciplines, amateur veterans of the race and first timers compete in the race. Some are riding to win, some  are riding for the coveted Leadville Trail 100 belt buckle and some are racing just for the knowledge that they are tough enough to finish.

Video: History of the belt buckle

Held since 1994, the Leadville 100 has grown in popularity every year, with its appeal exploding exponentially since the epic battle between Dave Wiens and Lance Armstrong in 2008.

Wiens came out on top that year after leaving Armstrong behind in the final miles of the race, but Armstrong returned to break the course record the following year. Since then, a series of high-profile professional road and mountain bike riders including Armstrong’s teammate, Levi Leipheimer and 2012 cross-country Olympian Todd Wells have contested the race, steadily improving the course record year by year.

On the women’s side, Rebecca Rusch has won the race a record three years in a row in several closely contested battles.

To get tips from the woman who knows the Leadville Trail 100 better than nearly anyone, follow @TheQueenOfPain Rebecca Rusch and @LTRaceSeries on Wednesday, August 8 at 5PM Mountain Standard Time with the official Leadville Trail 100 hash tag #LT100.

Dave Wiens (@wienr) is also hosting a live chat with @LTRaceSeries on Thursday, August 9 at 5PM Mountain Standard. Join in, ask questions and take part using #LT100.

Pro tip videos:

Gretchen Reeves Pro Tip: Make a plan

Todd Wells pro tip: Speedy recovery

Tips from Ken Chlouber: The three things you need to finish this race

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