This was my fourth year at the Leadville 100 mile MTB race. I'd have to say this year was the most satisfying and this one will have a special place in my heart.
Last year my father decided he wanted to do the Leadville 100. He and my mother came out and we stayed in Vail. It was a fast finish for me with a 7:42. I had been racing all year with my road team KHS/Maxxis. My father however was time cut at the 60 mile Twin Lakes aid station. This aid station claims the most riders as it comes after the descent of the infamous 10mile Columbine climb. The cut off is 7:45 into the race at Twin Lakes in bound. From what I heard my dad was well outside of the mark last year, likely 8:30 hours. It was a sad and bitter defeat for my him in 2014. So much training, travel, and commitment for nothing, he didn't get a t-shirt, medal, hat, buckle, or his name on the results sheet. To top it off his Leadville number plate flew off his bike on the drive back to our hotel that day. He had nothing to show for the race, it was like it never happened.