It was 95 degrees, windy, and smelled like slaughtered cattle in Ontario. With the dry/hot conditions I was glad to have the hydration and fuel of Hammer Nutrition on my side. By lap two of the 75 minute event there were 12 guys off the front. Three SoCal Cycling riders, myself, and the rest were from one man teams. The guys were rotating nicely and we were easily putting time into the field. I launched for a prime and rode off the front to see how the other 11 other riders would react. They kept the rotation going so I settled back into the group. I went and got another prime, then a third. As I was off the front just after taking the third prime, Shawn Wayland from Serious Cycling came with me. I said, this is good, lets go.
Quickly two other riders bridged to us, Sean Mazich/Jelly Belly, and Ronny Toth/Socal Cycling. Sean, Shawn, and myself quickly put down some power and we opened a nice gap. It was clear that Ronny didn’t want to work and he did just that, nothing. We started attacking Ronnie and soon it was Shawn Wayland who got caught out with Ronnie and it was Mazich and myself who moved on up the road to get the job done. With the windy conditions the new iRT Fifty wheels did an amazing job helping with the aero dynamics and enabling me to move fast and efficiently. We lapped multiple groups and on the last lap I took the lead and held it to the line for the win.
Anytime you race 100 miles off road with 12,000 ft of vertical at 9,000-12,300ft altitude you'll have stories and adventures to talk about. My 2013 Leadville 100 adventure was in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Team Bike Religion/ShoAir
When Dave (Hot Shoppe Designs Clothing) and I arrived in Breckenridge on Wed, it was pouring rain and 50 degrees and the race day forecast called for the same! We stayed with Isaac and his wife Bonnie who for 7 weeks were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary by renting an amazing mountain house in Breckenridge. The house overlooked the town and the ski slopes. It was equip with an outdoor Jacuzzi, grills, and fireplace. Thanks so much Isaac for allowing Dave and I to crash your 7 week anniversary celebration.