Lakata and Bigham win Leadville 100

The 20th edition of the Leadville 100 MTB Race became a milestone for both racers and event organizers. New course records were set for both the men's and women's fields, with Alban Lakata (Topeak-Ergon) smashing Levi Leipheimer's previous record of 6:16:37 by over 12 minutes, and Sally Bigham (Topeak-Ergon) shattering four-time winner Rebecca Rusch's (Specialized) previous record of 7:28:06 by over 11 minutes.

Approximately 2,000 registered racers lined up at 10,152 feet above sea level in a typical Colorado crispy, clear, cool 39-degree morning before heading out in the mass start for the 100-mile race. After the customary rifle blast signaling the race start, a sea of riders began to make its way out of town, with the elite riders leading the way.

The first climb of the day made the winning men's race selection of trio Austrian Lakata, American Todd Wells (Specialized), and Swiss Christoph Sauser (Specialized), who is the current marathon world champion.

The trio stayed together until the Powerline climb, splitting the group through the finish, with Lakata soloing across the finish line with a time of 6:04:01. Sauser finished second at 6:05:07, and Wells rounded out the top three in a time of 6:18:47. All three riders were visibly cooked from the record-breaking pace, with Sauser determined to come back in 2014 and try to win it.

In the women's race, there was another record-breaking effort with Sally Bigham (Topeak Ergon) putting distance on her field going into the Pipeline. Bigham maintained her winning gap over a chasing 2013 women's criterium national champion Allison Powers (Herbalife) and Rusch. Bigham crossed the finish line with a record-breaking time of 7:17:02, followed by Powers at 7:21:57, and Rusch at 7:35:27. After the finish, Rusch, who had lost a close cycling friend in an accident a few days prior to the race, was swept by emotion and closed out the 2013 Leadville 100 with tears.

Brief Results

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alban Lakata6:04:02
2Christophe Sauser0:01:06
3Todd Wells0:14:46
4Cameron Cogburn0:32:19
5Ben Aufderheide0:36:17
6Takei Kyosuke0:45:21
7Greg Krause0:45:25
8Bryan Dillon0:46:19
9Nate Whitman0:47:39
10Cesar Grajales0:51:05
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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sally Bigham7:17:02
2Alison Powers0:04:56
3Rebecca Rusch0:18:25
4Christine Jeffrey1:05:07
5Jari Kirkland1:06:54
6Molly Throdahl1:17:33
7Laura O'meara1:19:24
8Jennifer Shinn1:20:45
9Shawnie Mulligan1:33:11
10Katie Lindquist1:38:37

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