What a week! From one side of the country to another with racing and clinics on both ends. Last weekend was the Wilmington Whiteface 100K Leadville Qualifier, presented by Lifetime Fitness. This race is a part of series that allows entrants a chance to qualify to race in the infamous Leadville 100. I was there early to help with pre-rides and doing some Q & A sessions for those participating or for those who just wanted to listen. Dave Wiens, multiple Leadville 100 winner, and I spent quite a bit of time working with racers and those that were new to the endurance racing arena. Even though the race went well and I won the women’s category, spending time and talking to other riders was definitely a highlight. Motivating them and maybe even helping them qualify for Leadville felt awesome. There was less than 10% female participation in this race, and my goal is to change that!
Wilmington 100 and Wheel Girls Kickoff
June 20, 2012 By Leave a Comment
The course was truly challenging. I felt like it was a compressed version of the LT100 course. Big, steep climbs, powerful flats and not really anywhere to recover a whole lot. It also had an out and back format so you did get to see other racers for some of the course, which I like. It was a huge climbing day with nearly 9000 ft of climbing in 69 miles. Yes, it was more than 100k! I wasn’t expecting that. The terrain was gorgeous, the sections of single track were a nice treat and the Wilmington Whiteface resort finish was pretty cool. I am really looking forward to racing both the Silver Rush and the Tahoe events in this series. Not only is it great race prep for Leadville, but meeting the moms, grandmothers, fathers etc. of all the participants at the finish line was incredible.
GU is also offering a chance to win an entry into the Leadville 100 simply by describing why you want to race Leadville. Check out their website and get your entries in ASAP. There is also a chat session on Friday with myself and my CTS coach Dean Golich about nutrition and training, that starts at 10am Pacific time.
Here’s my Garmin Connect log on the actual race stats if anyone’s interested in that.
This week also marked the beginning of the third stop of the SRAM Gold Rusch Tour, Wheel Girls. This weekly riding clinic is designed around getting younger girls into the sport of mountain biking and teaching them the skills and knowledge to be comfortable learning and participating in the sport. Last night was a huge success with all of the girls making the Whitecloud trails outside the Sun Valley Resort look easy. Thanks to all those who help support these clinics as they are invaluable to the future of our sport. For a full gallery of the evening please check out Flickr.