Leadville Shmeadville

28 Jul

I’m heading to the Butte 100 this year instead.  Leadville isn’t for another couple weeks but the Butte 100 happens this Saturday.  As a matter of fact it would be a good training ride 2 weeks out from Leadville if you are feeling a little unprepared.

Butte offers more single track, more climbing, less people, less hype and the entry fee is about half of what leadville is.  Thanks to crazy enduro Bill for pointing me in the Butte direction, I hope he recovers in time for this weekend.

I’m pretty excited about it but also a bit nervous.  Several years ago I did a hundie sight unseen, the Cascade Creampuff,  it took me about 14 hours and left me nearly unconscious after the race and unable to hold onto handle bars or chopsticks for the next couple weeks.

I will be prepared this time.  I have compiled a list of essentials that will be needed to complete the Butte 100 in total comfort and style.  Feel free to use this list in preparation for your Leadville or LRE adventures.

  1. 22t Surly cog,  15,000-16,000 feet of elevation will be a piece of cake with this pie plate.
  2. WTB Weriwolf LT 2.55, monster wide front suspension tire.
  3. Vassago Jabberwocky, plush plushness and stylie style all in one.
  4. 10-15 bottles of Carborocket.
  5. Salt Cycling Fly socks.  They match my flaming Vassago kit perfectly and are the bees knees on the toes.

That’s it.  That’ll do you.

Good luck to everyone at the ICUP final this Saturday at The Canyons. I won’t be there but look and listen for the Livestrong table of goodies, all the proceeds from sales on Saturday at the Canyons go to the Livestrong foundation, including the CarboRocket.  Be nice to Dorothy and buy lots of stuff.

If you haven’t already, and I know you haven’t, click on the pink Fatcyclist jersey in the side bar and donate to my Livestrong page.  Each $5 gets you a chance to win a years supply of CarboRocket.

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8 Responses to “Leadville Shmeadville”

  1. tp July 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Good luck this weekend. Can I use some of your fitness for Leadville if you have any left over. I’m in *@#%! trouble.

    • Rich July 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

      What will you use for food or do you do it all on Carbo-Rocket?

      • brkeyes7 July 29, 2009 at 9:43 am #

        Rich- a tin or 2 of kipper snacks as well. Gotta have some protein for the big rides.

    • brkeyes7 July 29, 2009 at 9:40 am #

      tp- It’ll be a walk in the park for you. Well, maybe not EXACTLY like a walk in the park. Don’t sweat it, just enjoy the party.

  2. Rick S July 29, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    With your fitness, I bet you could do a sub 8 at Leadville this year. You’ll be missed but it sounds like you found a new and exciting way to suffer. Good luck at the Butte and thanks for packing the socks! Can’t wait for the race report.

  3. Slowerthensnot July 29, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    have fun up there! I was looking into this one at the begianing of the year!

  4. Brad Mullen July 30, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Good luck and we’ll miss ya at Pbville. Lance should be breathing a little easier now. Looking forward to your report.

  5. Mike August 2, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    Good luck Brad! Tear it up!

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