Leadville will be moving its winter race season online to preserve the events without sacrificing participants’ safety. The Leadville Loppet and the Winter Mountain Bike Series will take place virtually, allowing participants to join from almost anywhere.
The Leadville Loppet, an annual cross-country ski race, will run throughout the month of February. Using RunSignUp, Loppet participants will be able to log their skied kilometers from any location from February 1 through February 28. Upon reaching milestone distances, ranging from 5k-200k miles, participants will receive a digital badge.
Details and 2020 Loppet courses on the Mineral Belt Trail are available on the race website. Registration costs $15, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to support winter maintenance on the Mineral Belt Trail. Participants who donate an additional $25 will receive a Melanzana Leadville Loppet hat.
Visit www.mineralbelttrail.com/leadville-loppet-1 for more information.
This year, the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series will be a self-timed race open to fat bikes, skis, snowshoes, and snowblades. Those who can’t travel to Leadville can participate on their own local trails to support the cause.
Leadville racers are responsible for their own water, nutrition, and repairs. All participants who register will be entered into a prize drawing, and participants with the fastest times will win a prize. Races include the Colorado Cup (January 23-31), Tennessee Pass (February 5-7 and February 12-14), the Mineral Belt Trail (March 6-14), the Fatty Patty 50k (March 20-28), and the East Side Epic (April 10-18).
Race registration costs $20 per race, or $75 to register for all five. The races benefit the Cloud City Wheelers, which has built over 20 miles of trail in Lake County. For registration and more information, visit www.cloudcitywheelers.com/race.