Leadville winter fat bike race series moves to virtual format, new categories added
The 2021 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series hosted by the Cloud City Wheelers will take place this winter with self-timed rides on defined courses rather than a more traditional race.
Cyclists will have a number of days to ride each course in an unsupported fashion and log their time on the series registration website, according to a news release.
This year’s series — which will include new categories for cross-country skiers and snowshoers — starts with the Colorado Cup Race Jan. 23-31 at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville.
Subsequent series races include one at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center from Feb. 5-7 and Feb. 12-14, the Mineral Belt Mayhem starting at Dutch Henri Hill Trailhead from March 6-14, the Fatty Patty 50K starting at Colorado Mountain College and winding through the historic East Side Mining District from March 20-28 and the East Side Epic on a to-be-determined course from April 10-18.
Those with the fastest times will win prizes, and all racers will be eligible for prize drawings.
To sign up and for more details, visit CloudCityWheelers.com/race. Registration for the five-race series costs $75, or each race costs $20.
Race proceeds benefits the Wheelers organization, which conducts trail improvement and maintenance work each summer, including building 6.5 miles of new singletrack trail at Turquoise Lake last year. This summer, 6 more miles will be built and, in the coming weeks, the Wheelers will submit a Singletrack Trails Master Plan for the U.S. Forest Service to review.
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