Levi Leipheimer wins the Leadville 100

Levi Leipheimer from Team Radioshack won Colorado’s Leadville 100 on Saturday, knocking more than 12 minutes off of the old record and finished about nine minutes ahead of Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski. Todd Wells finished 3rd with six-time winner Dave Wiens in fourth. The Leadville 100 is a 100 mile (160.9 K) epic mountain bike race within the high altitude mountains and valleys of Leadville, Colorado.

The majority is on back-country roads with some short sections of paved road. The entire course is 9,000 feet (2740 m) and climbs to 12,600 feet (3840 m). In 2009 Lance Armstrong won the ultramarathon race in a record time of 6:28:30. On Saturday August 14th 2010, Levi Leipheimer finished on his Trek bike in 6:16:37.

Levi wins the Leadville 100 - Courtesy Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net

Nearly 1400 racers from 20 countries departed the normally sleepy town of Leadville at 6:30 AM sharp. A neutral start through the town on the way down to Turquoise Lake was an impressive sight as the sun came up on the Rocky Mountains. Riders had a 12-hour time limit to complete the event.

Starting at 10,152 feet, the race reached a maximum height of 12,550 feet. Opening with a loop around Turquoise Lake, the course then took them over Sugarloaf Pass at 11,071 feet.

Results:

1 Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) 6:16:37
2 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) 0:08:44
3 Todd Wells (Specialized) 0:13:54
4 David Wiens (Topeak Ergon) 0:17:17
5 Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale)