Leadville, Colorado — There are three big Leadville races coming up, with the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race on Aug. 15, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Lake County Aug. 19-20 and the Leadville Trail 100 Run on Aug. 22-23. These races continue to grow in popularity, and we are anticipating large crowds again this year. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your visit during any — or all — of these high-altitude endurance competitions.
RACE DAY TIPS
Sunscreen and a hat: The higher you go, the more protection you need from the sun. We’re at 10,152 feet above sea level, so you need a lot of sunscreen and a good hat. Read more tips about high elevation.
Hydration: The elevation and lack of humidity will affect you quicker than you think. Drink water, and plenty of it. Check out additional tips to avoid altitude sickness.
Weather: The old saying is true: if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait 10 minutes. The forecast for this time of the year is for lows in the 40s and highs in the low 70s. There is always a chance of rain in the mountains in the summer, so dress in layers and bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella.
Have a seat: These are long days; a camp chair comes in handy.
Arrive early: We are expecting big crowds again this year. Make sure you allow extra time to get into town and to find parking. Please check for signs about parking limits and restrictions, and respect private property.
Race Details: The Leadville Race Series athlete guides include schedules, course maps and information about each race:
The Herald Democrat has a great article about road closures during all three events with information provided by the Lake County Office of Emergency Management. Click for road closures for the USA Pro Challenge.
There are four public parking lots:
♦ West 3rd and Harrison Ave
♦ East 4th behind the Tabor Opera House
♦ 1000 W 4th, High School North Lot
♦ Community Park across the street from the North Lot at the intersection of W 6th Street and McWethy
♦ Diagonal parking is permitted on the south side of the street up to the alley on the following streets: East 8th, East 7th, East 6th, East 5th, and East 4th streets
♦ Leadville Municipal Ordinance allows for homeowners to purchase private parking signs to put in front of their homes. These parking spaces are clearly marked with a red and white sign. If you park in one of these spaces you will be ticketed and your vehicle may towed
♦ Remember to park in the direction of traffic and 12 inches or less from curb
♦ There is a two-hour time limit for parking in some areas
♦ No parking in front of driveways
Safety tips from the Leadville Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office:
♦ Ride in single file with the flow of traffic
♦ Observe all traffic signs and traffic laws
♦ Wear proper reflective clothing and safety equipment
♦ Use hand signals when stopping and making turns
♦ Make sure your bike is in good working order before you begin your ride
♦ Bicycles should be ridden on streets and roads instead of sidewalks
♦ It’s against the law to ride your bike while intoxicated
♦ Drive at the posted speed limit
♦ Yield to all emergency vehicles by pulling over to your right as far as you safely can
♦ Adjust your speed during adverse weather conditions
♦ Designate a sober driver or call a cab
♦ When school bus lights are flashing yellow and red, slow down and stop
♦ Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
♦ Buckle up, the life you save might be your own
♦ No U-turn on double yellow lines
♦ Always use the crosswalk
♦ While walking or running on a roadway, move against traffic
♦ While running on a roadway, wear bright and or reflective clothing
ENJOY LAKE COUNTY!
We hope you’re planning to stay a while and enjoy all that Lake County has to offer. Here are some ideas for you. You can also download our visitor guide or pick one up at the visitor center at 809 Harrison Avenue.
There are lots of great places to eat and grab a drink in Leadville. Plan ahead for the crowds and allow extra time for service.
THINGS TO DO
♦ Eight Leadville museums
♦ Route of the Silver Kings (east side of town)
♦ Top of the Rockies Zipline
♦ Play golf at Mt. Massive Golf Course
♦ Hike or bike the Mineral Belt Trail
♦ Ride the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
♦ Top of the Rockies walking tour or driving tour
♦ Kiddie Corral at 9th and Poplar for those with toddlers
♦ UTV tours with Elk Mountain Adventures
♦ Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours
♦ Rent a canoe, kayak or SUP with Twin Lakes Canoe and Kayak
♦ Go fishing on the Gold Medal waters of the Arkansas River or one of our many lakes
♦ Explore shops on Harrison and side streets
♦ Play disc golf at Colorado Mountain College
♦ Go horseback riding with Halfmoon Packing
♦ Go for a swim at the Lake County Aquatic Center
♦ Take guided tours offered by The Delaware Hotel
♦ Tour the Leadville National Fish Hatchery
Thanks for planning a visit to Leadville and Twin Lakes. Come back in a few weeks for the fall foliage and explore the area without the race crowds!