Leadville, CO, is the highest incorporated city in the United States. GP contributor Peter Koch went there for a 100-mile mountain bike race.
Race for Survival
At altitude, you dehydrate more easily, your body has to work harder just to survive and, depending on how high you go, you can be at risk for various degrees of altitude sickness. But sometimes outdoor adventures and competitions call us into the mountains, by bike or by foot. So how do we handle it? Legendary cycling coach Chris Carmichael gives us some tips.
For Better Biking
Take 104 miles of dirt road, pavement and single track; mix in over 12,000 feet of elevation gain; sprinkle in oxygen-deprived mountain air and — voila! You’ve got the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. This is the kit GP’s Peter Koch took with him to best this deceptively brutal course.