Leadville Mountain Bike Race Training Rides
We’ll teach you the ins and outs of the course, where to rest, where to dig deep, where the aid stations will be, and how to finish this demanding race. These training rides are for the first time Leadville rider or for experienced Leadville riders who want to finish with a faster time and win a bigger belt buckle. By riding with a guide you will spend your time riding and not getting lost.
Absolute Bikes Adventures will stick to a rigid schedule with specific details to help riders prepare for the annual August race. We will start these rides early, both to simulate the actual race start and to complete our ride before the afternoon thunderstorms descend upon the high country. All Leadville Training Rides are dependent on weather. If you book a ride and it’s canceled due to summer storms, we will reschedule you. Safety is our first priority and lightning is always an issue in the high country during the summer.
Riders will need to be prepared for the high country by carrying proper clothing, food, tools and any other items to successfully complete a several hour strenuous, high altitude ride. Your guide will help you prepare, and you will be given a mandatory and recommended list of items when you book this guiding training ride. All riders will be required to have a Colorado Search and Rescue (COSAR) card before the ride and we provide them as part of your fee.
Option 1 – Leadville to the Pipeline Aid Station and Back
The first training ride option is Leadville to Pipeline Aid Station and Back, roughly 56 miles covering the initial sections of the course which wind through Saint Kevin’s climb, Sugarloaf and the Powerline. We will turn around at the Pipeline Aid Station and power up the infamous Powerline climb, back through St. Kevins and finish the ride on the Boulevard back to downtown Leadville.
Option 2 – Twin Lakes Dam to Columbine Mine, then out to Pipeline Aid Station and back to Twin Lakes Dam
We start this day with the hard part first. We park at the Twin Lakes Dam Aid Station location. Ride out the course to the top Columbine Mine Aid Station. Turn around head back to our parking spot. Top off our hydration packs and then ride the course in it’s return direction to the Pipeline Aid Station. Turn around and back to Twin Lakes. This way we give ourselves the best chance of beating the thunderstorms up at the Columbine Mine turn around and provide a midway refueling point for the days ride. The climbing to almost 13,000 feet is the important part of this one.
Option 3 – Ride the Complete Leadville Race Course
This is the big kahuna – ride the complete 104 mile course with an experienced and very fit guide, while having catered lunches and aid stations along the way. Just like the actual race, we’ll start and ride all day. This is designed for 1-2 people who know each other well and ride very well together.
Call us to discuss our Leadville Race training rides and how we can help you complete the race successfully or achieve your fastest time ever!
Rates for Leadville Training Rides:
Option 1, just you and the guide - $250 per person.
Option 2, just you and the guide- $250 per person
Option 3 the Leadville Course all in one day- $500 per person.
Absolute Bikes Adventures is under permit of San Isabel National Forest, Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts.