On Saturday, August 14th, 2010 at 6:30 AM, the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race got underway. According to the website, “The 50-mile out and back course is in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point, 9,200 feet; high point is Hope Pass, 12,600 feet. Majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads.” Carson City’s Mike Williams was in the group of hundreds that started the race, but among the much smaller group that finished the grueling 100 mile race.
Mike had been training hard for this race, often sprinting past us while we were up for our leisurely lunch rides up in Ash Canyon. On July 9th though, Mike was in a bicycle accident on Timberline Road that left his back broken in 3 places! I saw him a few days later, limping over to the city pool for some painful physical therapy. I don’t suppose anyone thought he’d make Leadville at this point. But Mike bounced back quickly, continued his training, and was able to make the race! This is a video from the race with some footage of Mike, and his wife Kathy’s words are below:
This video was created by our 13 year old daughter who was ‘race support crew’ for her dad in this years Leadville 100 mountain bike race. Mike (her dad) was forced off the road July 9th while training for this race, broke his back in 3 spots (L2,3,&4) lateral processes. We didn’t think he would be able to make the race – he did and he finished. This is just one of stories of this incredible race above 10,000 feet. She did a great job of capturing the ‘spirit’ of the event. The music is “Wishing Well” by The Airborne Toxic Event.
Some guy named Levi won the race. Here’s how Mike stacked up against the leader and another famous rider.
OverAll – Name – Age – Representing – Total Time – Back – Pace
1 – LEIPHEIMER, Levi – 36 – SANTA ROSA, CA – 6:16:37.2 – +0:00.0 – 15.9
27 – OVEREND, Ned -54 – DURANGO, CO – 7:56:39.4 – +1:40:02.2 – 12.6
268 – WILLIAMS, Michael – 48 – CARSON CITY, NV – 9:41:59.4 – +3:25:22.2 – 10.3
The Overall scores go down to 1022, and then there are pages of DNFs (did not finish). You could say Mike did rather well! Good job, Mike, and congratulations!