Saturday, August 15th 2015 at 6:30am a gunshot blast into the gloaming Colorado sky marking the start of my first Leadville Trail 100 race, along with 1648 other riders who had lined up to suffer for up to 12 hours on their mountain bikes. 339 would not complete their adventure that day and very sadly one of them, Scott Ellis of Johnstown, Colorado died on the course. I was not surprised to learn the timing and location of the incident later the next day following the awards ceremony. My sincere condolences go out to Scott’s family and friends.
What follows is the detailed account of my experience leading up to, during and following the race. The story is for those who know me, are interested in learning about the race, those who may be considering their first entry into this torturous event and generally anyone with a fair amount of time on their hands. For anyone else I also have a photo gallery at the end of this post and the following video: