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I have a confession to make: I’ve been mountain biking for 12 years, and have been riding fairly seriously for the past 5. I currently ride 4-6 days a week but despite all this riding, I have never done a 100-mile ride. A century ride is a big milestone for any rider and I’m long overdue to complete this goal.

14 days before the Leadville 100, one of the toughest races in the country, I got a call from the “Leadvillians.” “Hey man, we have an extra spot this year if you want in!”  Of course, I can’t pass up an opportunity like that! Although I was totally unprepared, I accepted without thinking twice.

All of my training this year has been focused on XC Nationals in West Virginia.  My training rides were focused on two-hour hard efforts and intervals rather than long, extended rides. I had no idea what to expect and was worried that a ride of that length was going to destroy me. I didn’t know how to handle nutrition or how hard to push myself (or not push myself). 103 miles is hard. Add 12,000+ feet of elevation gain and it gets harder. Don’t forget that the race takes place at 10,000 to 13,000ft. where there is 40% less oxygen than at sea level. I think I’m in for one heck of a day.

I invite you to watch the video above and check out what the Leadville 100 is all about. Can I finish 103 miles with 12,000+ feet of vert with no long distance training?

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# Comments

  • Rebus

    Good job, dude! Your positive attitude and enthusiasm during even the toughest sections are an inspiration.

    • Colton Lock

      Hey thanks Rebus! Attitude is everything IMO. We are all just out there to have fun right?

    • Colton Lock

      Thanks Jeff! I was really worried that I was going to be in bad shape out there (hence over-packing nutrition) but it went great!

  • Aaron Chamberlain

    Way to go Colton! How do they do the starting positions? Will you get a better one next year? I’m sure you’d be way faster without all the traffic at the start.

    And a 38T chainring?!?!?! You cray!

    • Colton Lock

      Hahaha, thanks Aaron! They had 5-6 different waves to send people off. When the gun goes everyone is cut loose simultaneously but the waves are separated by a good bit. I didn’t actually cross the start line until 3ish minutes after the gun. You are categorized by previous times Leadville times and by a handful of qualification races. I will definitely have a better start wave next year and hopefully I can break that 9 hours mark and snag myself a gold buckle!

  • Greg Heil

    Always be passing!! Seriously, you probably passed like 500 people!

    Also, what Aaron said about the 38T–nuts!!

    • Colton Lock

      That is one of the perks of being in the back I guess! Traffic jams suck but massing people is a big moral booster for sure. I started somewhere around 1700ish and finished 360ish.

  • arkinet

    Wow, great job man! And yeah, it hurts just thinking about that 38t 🙂

    • Colton Lock

      Thanks Arkinet! The 38T would have been fine but unfortunately my rear derailleur wasn’t functioning properly. I has that 1×11 set up but I really only got a 1×9. My two highest (easiest) gears kept dropping my chain. That made Mt. Columbine a real B!

    • arkinet

      Maybe Breck epic next? I heard its harder than L100.

    • arkinet

      I mean breck100

  • stumpyfsr

    Not many biking videos over 10 minutes long I’ve seen lately. This one is truly interesting to watch. Congratulations, Colton, on successful race.

    • Colton Lock

      Thanks stumpyfsr! Glad you liked it. I’m doing Iceman in a few months here. I might do a video on that as well.

  • mongwolf

    Wow Colton just saw your video. Great race. First century accomplished in Leadville … Truly manly. And you seem to do it with “relative” ease. I guess you have proven that interval training and shorter harder workouts can prepare one for almost anything. Or maybe you just have AMAZING genes. =) Congrats.

    • Colton Lock

      Thanks Mongwolf!! Interval training really is what it’s all about these days I guess. Genes probably have a big part to do with it as well hahaha! Thanks Mom and Dad!

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