KEEGAN SWENSON AND HANNAH OTTO WIN THE LEADVILLE 100
News release from Life Time / Photos courtesy of Life Time
Leadville, Colo., (August 13, 2022) – The 2022 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB race, owned and produced by Life Time, welcomed a field of more than 1,500 riders to Leadville for the famed ‘Race Across the Sky’ through the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Riders ranged in age from 18 to 75 years old, representing all 50 states and 18 countries, 47 of which were Leadville citizens proudly representing their hometown. Cyclists tackled over 13,000 feet of net gain, topping out at 12,424 feet on Columbine Pass.
A field of more than 1500 riders competed in this year’s Leadville Trail 100, also known as the “Race Across the Sky.”
“Honestly, patience was the name of the game today. I entered with complete and total openness and without expectation,” said Otto (better known as Hannah Rae Finchamp to longtime MBA readers ). “I honestly didn’t think I was going to win until the last 100 yards. The last time-check I got was at mile 70 and at that point I had a 45-second lead, so from there on out I just told myself that’s what I had to play with.”
Hannah was clearly elated to win the Women’s title.
Swenson’s win secures his first place position on the Life Time Grand Prix series presented by Mazda leaderboard. When asked about the day, Swenson commented, “We had a big group rolling out from Pipeline and everyone worked quite well together. Going up Columbine it was Howard Grotts, Alexey Vermuelen and myself, and then halfway up I slowly pulled away from those guys, rode at my own pace and rode smart.”
Keegan Swenson pulls away from the group on one of the climbs.
Second place finisher in the men’s division, Gaston, known as one of the fastest ski mountaineering racers in the country said, “I don’t deserve to be up here, I’ve never done anything on my bike remotely close to a podium at Leadville in my whole life.” When asked about his day, he said, “I didn’t have much of a plan except to really stay on top of eating and drinking because I still have haunting memories of 2019 going up Powerline, so I wanted to do everything in my power not to relive that nightmare. I took every bottle I could, stayed on top of my gels. I’m over the moon.”
The women’s podium.
1. Hannah Otto, 26, of Salt Lake City, Utah with a time of 7:24:07
2. Rose Grant, 39, of Columbia Falls, Mont. with a time of 7:29:37
3. Haley Smith, 28, of Uxbridge, Ontario with a time of 7:41:53
The Men’s podium.
1. Keegan Swenson, 28, of Heber City, Utah with a time of 6:00:01
2. John Gaston, 35, of Aspen, Colo. with a time of 6:14:31
3. Howard Grotts, 29, of Durango, Colo. with a time of 6:15:19
Rach McBride, 44, of Vancouver, BC with a time of 7:57:59
Women’s Para Results:
Hannah Raymond, 36, of Longmont, Colo. with a time of 10:56:48
Megan Fisher, 39, of Missoula, Mont. with a time of 11:41:30
Men’s Para Results:
Willie Stewart, 61, of Boise, Idaho with a time of 10:52:44
Anothony Lee, 49, of Colorado, Springs, Colo. with a time of 11:41:43
Jeff Glasbrenner, 49, of Little Rock, Ark. with a time of 12:03:08
The Leadville Trail 100 MTB is the fourth event in the Life Time Grand Prix series presented by Mazda. The next two Life Time-owned off-road bike events on September 17 are the 40-mile Chequamegon MTB Festival presented by Trek in northwest Wisconsin, which will be the fifth event in the Life Time Grand Prix Series presented by Mazda, as well as the Stages Cycling Barn Burner in Flagstaff, Ariz. Now in its second year, The Rad Dirt Fest will take place in Trinidad, Colo. on Oct. 8 followed by the final bike event on the off-road event calendar, and final event of the Grand Prix series, the Life Time Big Sugar Gravel presented by Mazda on Oct. 22.
The legendary Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva will take place next weekend, Aug. 20-21, which is where it all started back in 1983. This year, 60 athletes across the 100 MTB and 100 Run are on track to reach their goal of collectively raising $175,000 for the Life Time Foundation, which will support Lake County Public Schools and deserving local organizations.
To view all Life Time athletic events, including off-road cycling events, please visit: https://my.lifetime.life/athletic-events.html.
The Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB is owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. It is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned by the company, including Garmin UNBOUND Gravel, Verizon New York City Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, and Miami Marathon.
About the Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 Run in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of seven running events and four mountain biking events, plus six events in the Leadville Qualifying Series. The Race Series stretches across three months, and hosts thousands of racers on foot and on mountain bikes in some of the world’s most iconic events. Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage to Leadville, Colo., with the single goal of competing in “The Race Across the Sky.” Visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com for more information.
About Life Time®
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