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Living the Legend

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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.

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Abandoned mines are proof of a once of prosperous time.

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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.

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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.

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Dave Wiens has contested the Leadville 100 course and its competitors time and time again.

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The dynamic weather of Leadville can thwart any record attempt. Little wind, mild temperatures, and no rain are ideal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Two wins and the course record in Leadville are not enough. But, to traverse 100-miles in under six hours, how is this possible?

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Sally Bigham has been victorious twice in Leadville. In top form, the Iron Lady is hard to beat.

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Practice or risk losing. Every little detail is rehearsed for the real thing. Tested and optimized for maximum performance.

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Clear team orders: Jeremiah Bishop pushes the pace at the front, Alban and Kristian join forces while gently falling into the slipstream.

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While in the hunt for the course record, every detail counts. Team mechanic, Peter Felber, a perfectionist of his passion, builds the team race bikes.

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To improve the aerodynamics of his helmet, Alban applies tape to the vents.

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Aerodynamics brings valuable seconds at the Leadville 100. For power saving and to go faster, Alban tests different positions on the bike.

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Racer moral has to be high, even after seven hours of racing. A personal Smiley-Face on the wheel promises a little extra help.

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Pacing be conscientiously rehearsed in order to know whether we are on track for the record.

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For a sucessful ride, the bike has to work flawlessly. A thorough inspection and full service guarentees a perfect day.

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Ken Chlouber motivates all racer to not let up until the last pedal stoke after crossing the finish line.

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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.

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The five strongest riders quickly settle in and drive a strong pace. The group decision was to work togetherf for as long as possible.

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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.

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On the infamous Powerline climb, the last major climb of the event, Kristian Hynek makes his solo escape from the group.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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To finish the Leadville 100 in under six hours requires superhuman powers. A historic result sure to cause a euphoric feeling.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Chapter 1 Living the Legend

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Chapter 2 The Origin

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Chapter 3 Forces of Nature

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Chapter 4 The Mission

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