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Leadville Trail 100: Live Updates

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |August 14, 2010 8:15 AM
We will be coming at you all day with live updates from the Leadville 100.

The race got off to a clean start this morning at 6:30. Temperatures were in the mid 30s, which is typical for Leadville at this time of year.

People to watch will be Marathon National Champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Trek/Subaru), XC National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized), the Cannondale duo of Alex Grant and Jeremiah Bishop, multi-time Leadville winner Dave Wiens (Topeak/Ergon), roadie Levi Liepheimer (Radioshack), MTB legends Tinker Juarez and Ned Overend, and one of last year's fastest riders Matt Shriver.

The women's race will once again be a two-person showdown between 2009 winner Rebecca Rusch (Specialized) and Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt).

7:30AM - Riders have entered the Powerline trail descent and a lead group has clearly been defined. The group includes Alex Grant and Bishop as well as Cannondale teammate Tinker Juarez, Todd Wells, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Matt Shriver, Levi Liephemer, and Jay Henry have all made the break.

Dave Wiens remains just off the back with Overend.

Amanda Carey and Rebecca Rusch are together at the Powerline feed station

Up to this point the pace has been faster than the record-setting 2009 event.

8:30 - Leaders through the first Aid station with small group surging off the front including Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Matt Shriver, and Alex Grant. Followed 10 seconds later by the rest of the group.

9:00AM - The lead group has reached the base of the Columbine climb. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Matt Shriver, Todd Wells, Alex Grant, and Levi Leiphiemer have all made this elite selection.

The Columbine climb is traditionally the spot where everything blows up at Leadville. Last year Armstrong started the climb with Wiens and Grant. By the top he had almost 20 minutes on the two chasers.

Let's see what happens this year. There are some serious climbers in this group. JHK is always tough to beat in these conditions but Todd Wells is having great season. Grant and Shriver have the advantage of experience with them having done the race last year.

These riders are still on a record pace!

Amanda Carey and Rebecca Rusch are still locked in a battle for the top spot.

Carey is always strong at this race. She was forced to start at the back of the pack last season while Rusch was in the front row. Carey seems to be enjoying her front row start this season.

10:25AM - Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Levi Liepheimer are first down from the Columbine climb. JHK has a 30 second lead on the Radioshack rider.

Todd Wells is another 3 minutes behind after the descent.

Then comes Jeremiah Bishop another 45 seconds behind. JB made a big move on the climb to blow past many of the early leaders.

Wiens in 5th place about 5 minutes behind the leaders. Jay Henry is next down about 11 minutes behind JHK.

Alex Grant maintains 7th place with Matt Shriver just behind him.

10:45AM - The temps have come up to mid-60s which is probably as warm as it will get today. Tinker Juarez and Yuki Saito have descended the Columbine inside the top-10.

10:47 - Rebecca Rusch now off Columbine with a gap over Carey.

11:10 - JHK and Levi are working together off the front at the Pipeline. Only 26 miles to go until the finish. Looks like it's gonna be these two. Todd Wells still in third but has little chance of closing a gap of several minutes

Wells is over 4 minutes back and losing time to the two leaders. 

12:00 - Riders are now through the Powerline on the return home. Levi has a small lead on JHK with Wells still in third

Rebecca Rusch has around 11 minute lead on Amanda Carey

Lance Armstrong's course record appears to be in serious jeopardy. These guys are on the throttle. Jeremiah Bishop and Dave Wiens together in 4th and 5th.

Less than 15 miles left until the leaders finish

12:45 - Levi Liepheimer crosses the finish with an astounding time of 6:16. He is well clear of JHK

Kobelski comes in at 6:25. Also under last year's record setting time.

Todd Wells comes home in third by himself. Dave Wiens takes fourth just in front of Jeremiah Bishop.

Jay Henry completes a strong race in 6th. 

Alex Grant takes 8th place 

2:45 -  Rebecca Rusch takes the win in the women's race with a 7:47. New record for the women!

Amanda Carey finishes second with an 8:08 after flatting in the final 1/4 of the race.
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