11/08/2014, CANYON Leadville Trail 100
Sally Bigham Takes Second Leadville 100 Victory
Topeak Ergon Racing Team struck again at the weekend after Sally Bigham rode to a commanding first place to take her second Leadville 100 title in Colorado. Kristian Hynek put in a strong showing in the men’s race to take third, while 2013 winner, Alban Lakata, managed fourth.
Leadville 100 is rightly considered to be the toughest marathon race in the USA, with 103 miles off-road and 4000 metres of climbing, all taking place between 3000 and 4000 metres above sea-level, making altitude a major factor to overcome. Nevertheless, Bigham crossed the line on her Grand Canyon CF SLX 29 over 42 minutes ahead of her nearest rival having lead from the gun.
With a winning time of 7:23:58, although she made it look easy, Bigham claimed that was certainly not the case: “It was such a relief finally crossing the line because I had no idea how far the others were behind me. In these races you can never be certain that something might go wrong until the last few metres.”
Hynek on the Podium
Czech rider Kristian Hynek lead for a proportion of the race on the Lux CF before cracking towards the end.
“About 30 km from the end I really thought I wouldn’t be able to make it to the finish. The fact I still managed to hang on for 3rd is great, I now know what to do better next year!”
No Luck for Lakata
Two-time winner and course record holder, Alban Lakata, was also in the lead with Kristian until an ill-timed puncture took him out of contention.
The Albanator was philosophical about the race: “It’s too bad as I came here to win and wanted to set a new record under six hours, but never mind, I’ll just have to try again next year!”