Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jeremiah Bishop takes 3rd at Leadville 100

Peaks Coaching Group Athlete, Jeremiah Bishop (PCG Master Coach, Hunter Allen) took on what is considered to be the "toughest mountain bike race", the Leadville 100, and came in 3rd with a time of 6:41:58. Great job, Jeremiah!!

More from Vail Daily:

Alban Lakata lifted his mountain bike at the finish of the Leadville 100 race Saturday, crossing the finish line with a sweeping grin.

He'd beaten the reigning marathon world champion, Christoph Sauser in one of the “toughest mountain bike races on the face of the planet,” announcer Garrett Grossi said.

Lakata (Austria) finished in 6 hours, 32 minutes, 24 seconds with Sauser (Switzerland) just two minutes behind, at 6:34:51. Virginian Jeremiah Bishop finished third in 6:41:58.

The men rode neck-and-neck throughout the race, switching leaders at every check point. In the end, it was Lakata, hammering down on the final uphill, that separated the pack.

“It was Alban's strong legs,” Bishop said.

The renowned Leadville race is the original ultra-distance mountain bike event, running for 19 years and attracting world-class racers for its duration.

This year, the registered pool of 2,000 was whittled down to about 1,700 riders representing all 50 states and more than 30 different countries.

Athletes confirmed that the race is among the toughest.

“Leadville has all the pedaling and even more,” Bishop said. “They also have descending. It allows you to rest and change your speed. It's like being on a trainer with sand and dirt. It's a slow surface, at least today. You're constantly pedaling; there's not much coasting. It grinds your body down.”

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