(August 10, 2013) LEADVILLE, Colo—Nearly 1800 racers took on the 100 mile race that starts at 10,000 feet for the twentieth edition of the event, which saw the men's and women's record times smashed by Topeak Ergon's Albon Lakata and Sally Bigham.
Many well-known industry names returned to defend their titles and win for the first time. Specialized Factory riders, Todd Wells and Rebecca Rusch came back to take the title again, riding alongside well known International Specialized star and reigning marathon world champion, Swiss racer Christophe Sauser and Austrian Alban Lakata from team Topeak Ergon who was defending his title.
Even though Lakata won the race last year, he was back with a score to settle this year. In the 2012 race, he and several other race leaders were sent the wrong way to ride nearly sixteen minutes in the wrong direction- off course, and lost all chance of breaking the course record in doing so. For this year's race, the Topeak Ergon team had the course wired, and Lakata rode his new prototype 100mm front and rear travel carbon Canyon mountain bike to not only win the race, but also best the existing record held by Levi Leipheimer. After the race, Lakata said, "It was what I came here for".
Lakata came across the finish line in 6:04:01 to beat the previous record by 12 mintues. Following closely behind was Lakata's friend and training partner, Christophe Sauser, who crossed the finish line at 6:05:07, and in third was Colorado’s own, Todd Wells.
Surprising everyone and making it a great day for team Topeak Ergon, Sally Bigham shattered the women's course record of 7:28:06 previously held by Rebecca Rusch. Sally came in with a winning time of 7:17:01 followed by Alison Powers at 7:21:57 and Rebecca Rusch in third at 7:35:27.
“The twentieth year of the Leadville Trail 100 came with new records, returning traditions and old school flavor that makes this race one to remember”, remarked race director Josh Colley.
Bringing the spirit of the race back for the twentieth year, Todd Murray, Ricky MacDonald, John Callahan all took to the start with the top pros to make it a memorable twentieth year.
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