As one of the highest profile races on the calendar, it’s a fair bet that the top contenders will show up in peak form. What will result is a race of attrition with its fair share of road racing tactics, attacks and counter attacks
With the addition of Sauser, the 2012 race is expected to be the fastest yet as veterans of the race, such as Lakata, Henry, and Grant attempt to outride the former world champion.
The initial selection of the race will most likely happen on the first climb, as top contenders will push the pace from the gun.
From there, it will most likely be a race of attrition with challengers dropping off the pace one by one until there is only the victor left.
Because it is generally a race below threshold, riders don’t tend to attack or get especially caught up in others around them, but ride their own race in stead.
If the weather cooperates, there is a good chance the men’s record will fall.
With last year’s race as close as it was, with only eight minutes separating the top four, Rusch, Reeves, Mata, and Smith, and those four all returning to race the 2012 edition, the women’s race will be as competitive as the men’s.
Unlike the top men who will most likely form a group and ride together on the fast road sections of the course, the women will most likely be spread throughout a handful of groups working with different groups of men.
All four women have had successful seasons thus far and will arrive to Leadville hungry for a win.