Ergon Bike ErgonomicsBoom Days
Leadville, the easygoing city in Colorado's Rocky Mountains was doomed after the closure of the gold and silver mines. Relics from the ancient time characterize the landscape seen today.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsForgotten Witnesses
Abandoned mines are proof of a once of prosperous time.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsPioneering Spirit
Ken Chlouber lost his job as a miner and watched as his beloved city began to crumble. Not giving up, he founded the 100-mile race to stimulate the local economy.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsImmortality
His two World Cup victories in cross country in the 1990’s propelled Dave Wiens to stardom. His six victories at the Leadville 100 made him a living legend.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsForces Of Nature
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsOxygen Deficient
The thin air at 3,800 meters is a balancing act of survival for the entire body - the riders run the risk of running their engines too hard.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsShadow Warrior
Riding through the exposed flats, one is at the mercy of ruthless winds. Success is only achieved with the help of a friend at the front.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsAlbanator
Two wins in Leadville is not enough for the 2-time Marathon World Champion. He wants to race 100-miles in less than 6 hours, thus etching his name into the history books of the Leadville 100.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsKristian Hynek
The talents of Kristian are enough to win the Leadville 100 or even finish in under six hours. In order not to jeopardize the record he and Alban must work together.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsThe Draft Horse
Jeremiah Bishop, a mountain bike veteran and priceless asset to the team, to cover 100-miles in less than 6 hours, it needs a strong man like him to push through the wind.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsIron Sally
Sally Bigham has been victorious twice in Leadville. In top form, the Iron Lady is hard to beat.
Ergon Bike Ergonomics Vanguard
Clear team orders: Jeremiah Bishop pushes the pace at the front, Alban and Kristian join forces while gently falling into the slipstream.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsFine Tuning
To improve the aerodynamics of his helmet, Alban applies tape to the vents.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsAttack Surface
Aerodynamics brings valuable seconds at the Leadville 100. For power saving and to go faster, Alban tests different positions on the bike.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsMotivation
Racer moral has to be high, even after seven hours of racing. A personal Smiley-Face on the wheel promises a little extra help.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsPacing Plan
Pacing be conscientiously rehearsed in order to know whether we are on track for the record.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsMaterial Care
For a sucessful ride, the bike has to work flawlessly. A thorough inspection and full service guarentees a perfect day.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsStart Shot
6:30 AM, 7 ° degrees Celsius. 1,800 racers prepare to take on The Legend. For more than 200 racers, the end objective will not be reached.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsWay To The Record
The five strongest riders quickly settle in and drive a strong pace. The group decision was to work togetherf for as long as possible.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsU-Turn
A moment of shock after the turn around point: Alban has a near head-on collision with another competitior while making his way back towards Leadville.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsPower Reserves
On the infamous Powerline climb, the last major climb of the event, Kristian Hynek makes his solo escape from the group.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsVictory In Sight
With the finish line in sight for Kristian Hynek he ran out of gas and Alban Lakata came charging from behind to over take him just meters from the finish line.
Ergon Bike Ergonomics6:00:02
Alban flies across the finish line and the timing clock reads 6:00:02. Can this be correct? Was the sub 6 hour mission not achieved?
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsFrustration
A 2 minute gap, while charging to the finish line, was not enough for victory. 6 hours of racing, the final result came down to just a few seconds.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsManMachine
To finish the Leadville 100 in under six hours requires superhuman powers. A historic result sure to cause a euphoric feeling.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsProtest Time
Confusion at the finish line. The GPS devices from the riders show a different finishing time compaired to the race clock. After much discussion between the riders and timing crew the time is corrected and Alban is rewarded with the Sub 6 Hours Record!
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsCaptain America
Jeremiah turned himself inside out to help make the new record possible. Because of his intense efforts for the team he was unable to contest Chistopher Sauser in the sprint for 3rd place losing out by 1 second.
Ergon Bike ErgonomicsFast And Furious
Sally Bigham rode fast enough to breake her own record, but it was not enough for victory. Sally finished in second place behind Annika Langvad.