For those of you that didn’t get into the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race via the early lottery, I mentioned in a previous blog that there would be three qualifier races this year. They are:
June 19th, 2011 100K Wilmington/Whiteface
July 10th, 2011 Lake Tahoe Trail 100K
July 31, 2011 Crested Butte Alpine Odyssey
The qualifiers are intentionally selected and designed to mimic the conditions at Leadville, sans the altitude.
Each of the events will have 100 slots for the qualification process. The qualification process at each event is:
Fifty (50) spots will be allocated based on the top age-group performance. The spots will be proportionally spread across age groups based on the age-group profile of registered athletes (e.g. if 70% of the registered athletes are men, then approximately 70%, or 35, of the slots will be allocated to men). There will be at least one qualifying spot per age group.
The other fifty (50) spots will be allocated by drawing among finishers who meet the time standard specific to that qualifier. The time standard for Leadville Qualifying Series Races is designed to establish a threshold level of performance that suggests that an athlete has a reasonable likelihood of finishing the Leadville Trail 100 in less than 12 hours.
The time standard will vary from race to race depending on the race's length, profile, total amount of climbing and base altitude. The number of spots per age group and the time standard for each race will be posted no less than 48 hours before the start of each race.
Only riders who achieve the time standard will receive a spot in the Leadville Trail 100.