If you’ve tried and failed to get a lottery entry spot in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race before, now you can race your way in. AEG, operator of the Amgen Tour of California, and Life Time Fitness have partnered to create a qualfiying race series for entries into Leadville.
The three 2011 qualifying events will be held in June and July in California, Colorado and the Northeast. In 2012 and 2013 additional races will be added in Texas, the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and one more in California.
Each qualifying event will provide 100 race entries into the Leadville Trail 100 race with half of the entries awarded to athletes based on age-group and elite-field performance and the other half selected from the pool of finishers who beat a qualifying time standard.
Lottery entry for the 2011 Leadville Trail 100 closes January 31.