LEADVILLE 100 MTB POST RACE BLOG
Mark Webber Finishing Time: 9hrs 25mins 08secs
Well, my third Leadville 100 on a mountain bike is done and dusted.
It was a sensational day’s racing, the weather was insane, and I believe I got the result I deserved given the (limited) amount of preparation that went in – I was around an hour slower than my PB. It was a tough day – but my Aussie Grit Apparel was super comfortable and I ground it out and hung in there! The course was rockier, dustier and warmer than we’ve probably had in previous years due to the extreme drought that Colorado is currently experiencing.
It was also a real bonus having Brendon Hartley on the line. We rode together for much of the first four and a half hours and he certainly rode very well; descending well and climbing well which are important ingredients at Leadville. He finished 24 mins ahead of me with a time of 9 hours on the dot which is very impressive given the conditions.
It was cool for both of us to be decked out in Aussie Grit Apparel – the kit was a non-topic in terms of no hassle for either of us. I also wore a prototype bib short which it’s fair to say had a tough initiation today; including a small crash but it stood up perfectly to everything I threw at it over the nine hours.
Leadville is a mega 100 miler at incredible altitude, 3,786 meters at the highest point and to be part of the event along with 1,500 other riders of all different abilities was fantastic.
The fact that BH and I were still in one piece at the finish of it is a big bonus!