The Leadville Trail 100 is an ultra endurance mountain biking event this Saturday August 15 in Leadville, Colorado. This year is a rematch. Dave Wiens has won the event for the last 6 years in a row. Last year he beat Lance Armstrong as they dueled it out. The two rode together for much of the race, but Wiens pulled away towards the end of the race to a decisive victory.
This year, Lance is in much better shape, coming off of his third place finish at the recent Tour de France. Many think he will handily beat Wiens this year. He is leaner, more fit, and he is bringing a team member or two to help him. He will be without his expected lieutenant though, since Levi Leipheimer broke his wrist and ended up dropping out of the TdF.
With so many people predicting an easy victory for Lance, we wanted to provide a different view. The following list is courtesy of UltraRob, an outdoorsman, racer, blogger, and mountain biker ( http://www.ultrarob.com/ ) .
Top Ten Reasons Dave Wiens Will Beat Lance Armstrong at the 2009 Leadville Trail 100
10.) Twin Lakes is going to have its annual Coloradoans vs Texans tomato war a couple weeks early. It won’t go well for Lance.
9.) Dave won’t crash in the creek crossing at the bottom of Powerline like Lance did in a Winter Park race in 1999.
8.) Dave is from Colorado and not a transplant from Texas
7.) Dave has figured out how to use the electricity on Powerline to climb faster.
6.) The Tour de France wasn’t a good way to train for the Leadville 100
5.) Rabid old school mountain bike fans will cause Lance to pass out from dope smoke clouds on Columbine. France will rejoice that Lance is caught ‘doping’
4.) Johann won’t be following in the team car to give Lance information over race radio
3.) No 3G reception up on the divide, Lance can’t Tweet like he can in Europe and panics.
2.) Dave is man enough to ride a hardtail
1.) Dave has more balls than Lance
Have an opposing view? Care to give us your predictions? Please comment below.
Mtbr.com will have event results, photos and write-ups forthcoming.
All photos copyright: Rob O’dea, as provided by Leadville P.R. LT100@leadvilletrail100.com
For more details about the event see: http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/wiens-to-defend-leadville-trail-100-title-against-lance-armstrong-tinker-juarez-august-15/
Official Event website: http://www.leadvilletrail100.com/