Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race returns |

Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race returns

Every year, endurance athletes worldwide vie for a chance to compete and participate in the famed Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 100 Mountain Bike and race the legendary course.

This weekend, July 29-31, the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Stage Race, presented by Life TimeSM – The Healthy Way of Life Company, returns for the second year and is allowing riders the opportunity to experience the famous course over three days in a stage race format. New this year, participants also can form a team of two to three people, allowing each person to race one to two legs of the race.

The Leadville Stage Race will again serve as a Leadville 100 MTB Race Qualifier, giving away 50 slots for the 2016 Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 100 MTB on Aug. 13.

The Leadville Stage Race consists of three routes covering the Leadville 100 MTB course. The majority of the race is on forest trails with some mountain roads and elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,424 feet. After each stage athletes can enjoy a post race party with food, drink and live music.

• Stage 1, July 29, 42 miles: Starts at Lake County Rodeo Grounds and finishes at Lost Canyon/Twin Lakes.

• Stage 2, July 30, 16 miles: Starts at Lost Canyon, climbs Columbine and returns to Lost Canyon.

• Stage 3, July 31, 42 miles: Starts at Lost Canyon and returns to the Rodeo Grounds in Leadville.

Registration for the Leadville MTB Stage Race is still open but slots are filling quickly. Visit to register.

More information on race logistics can also be found at and the Leadville Race Series Facebook page.