Sofia Gomez Villafane, pictured winning the Garmin Unbound Gravel 200-mile race earlier this season in Kansas, will compete Saturday in the Leadville 100. Villafane currently leads the Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda. (Courtesy Life Time) The Leadville 100-mile mountain bike race will take place Saturday, and it will be an important race for many cyclists from Durango who have been competing in Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda.
The Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB will be the fourth event out of six in this year’s Grand Prix.
Currently, Fort Lewis College graduate Sofia Gomez Villafane sits in first for the women’s division followed by Haley Smith, just two points behind. Another Durango cyclist, Sarah Sturm, is in third place in the overall standings. Emily Newsom, who won’t be at Leadville but who recently raced in the Tour de France Femmes, sits in fourth place.
On the men’s side, Keegan Swenson sits in first place for the men’s division, 15 points in front of Russell Finserwald with Alexey Vermeulen in third. Swenson also won the USA pro mountain bike cross-country national title recently for the third straight year, edging Durangoan Christopher Blevins. Payson McElveen, pictured racing in the Garmin Unbound Gravel 200-mile race this summer in Kansas, will be one of the favorites at this weekend’s Leadville 100. (Courtesy Life Time) Payson McElveen of Durango is always a favorite at Leadville, and a short video was just released about his journey to come back from injury earlier this season. […]