Leadville: The 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race Podcast

By Fatty & Hottie

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Description

This is the show for people racing — or just interested in — The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. Fatty (a twenty-time LT100 finisher), Hottie, and a host of experts answer your questions, give you training tips, detail the course, and tells the stories about the highest and hardest one-day mountain bike race in America: The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race.

Episode Date
S1E5: Pacing and the Powerline (Special Guest: 6x Champ Dave Wiens)
01:02:40

Six-Time Leadville 100 Champ Dave Wiens joins Hottie and Fatty to talk about strategies for racing the Leadville 100, from pacing yourself to pacing others to just trying to not blow up halfway through the race.

We deep-dive on the first dirt descent in the race: The Powerline, teasing apart one of the most treacherous parts of the race

And In our Questions for the Queen, we ask Rebecca Rusch about food logistics. Bottles! Camelbaks! Food! Wrappers! Where do you put it all for easy access, and how do you manage it when your heart is going fast and your brain is going slow...if at all.

Finally, coach Jonathan Lee is back ramping up your workouts and planning out your week for a proper build to the second Saturday in August -- just eight-ish weeks away now.

 

Jun 19, 2018
S1E4: The (Lack of) Air Up There
01:04:10

All of our episodes are "must-hear" episodes, but this is quite likely the most critical episode you can listen to this year. We've got an incredible interview with Dr Colin Grissom, a well-known pulmonologist with special expertise in exercise at high-altitude. If you're racing the LT100, you NEED to hear what he has to say.

In Our Questions for the Queen segment, Rebecca Rusch gets gross, talking about how to keep going when you have GI issues.

In our segment on The Course, we talk about road tactics on Hagerman, as what is often acknowledged as the best part of the race: Sugarloaf  Jonathan Lee’s training advice will — finally — cut you a little slack.

 

Jun 12, 2018
S1B1: The Racer With Samson Hair
28:50

Dave Edwards is a guy Fatty met in 2014 during a pre-race clinic Rebecca Rusch and Fatty put on. Dave was a friendly guy, who — like most people — was very excited about the race. Unlike most people, he had an amazing head of below-shoulder-length blond hair. He had been growing it out, like Samson, for this race.

Dave's story and Fatty's intersected again, at the finish line of the race...but not in the way you might expect.

These bonus episodes are because there’s a lot more to the Leadville Trail 100 than just being fast and fit and smart. This is a race of stories, and these short little bonus episodes are to give us room to tell stories.

Jun 08, 2018
S1E3: Feeding Frenzy!
58:41

In this episode we go to the buffet — it's the show almost ALL about food.

Dr Kevin Sprouse — Medical Director for the EF Education First / Drapac presented by Cannondale Pro Cycling Team — has a practical prescription for your race nutrition, including changes you need to start making RIGHT NOW.

Rebecca Rusch will reveal what’s in her feed bag in Our Questions for the Queen segment, then Fatty and Hottie talk about their respective Leadville menus (they're miles apart).

We continue our mile-by-mile (or is that minute-by-minute?) analysis of the course, including pinpointing the first places you should get out something to eat.

Finally, Jonathan Lee’s training advice for this show is going to have you outside on a long ride, putting everything you learned about eating in this show into practice.

Since we talk about rice cakes very frequently during this episode, here's a recipe for rice cakes from Dr. Allen Lim (of Feed Zone Cookbook fame), originally posted in FatCyclist.com:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked calrose or other medium-grain “sticky” or sushi rice (never use Basmati as it won’t stick.)
  • 3 cups water (Fatty swaps chicken broth out for this)
  • 8 ounces of bacon (prosciutto or sausage or even roasted chicken also works great)
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons (or flavor to taste) of Braggs liquid Aminos (all natural soy sauce) or a low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons (or flavor to taste) of brown sugar
  • Ground sea salt and grated Parmesan (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine rice and water in a rice cooker. Start rice cooker. If using a standard pot, combine rice and water, bring to a boil, then let simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  2. While rice is cooking, chop up bacon before frying, then fry in a medium sauté pan. When crispy, drain off fat and soak up excess fat with paper towels.
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl and tehn scramble on high heat in the sauté pan. Don’t worry about overcooking the eggs as they’ll break up easily when mixed with the rice.
  4. In a large bowl or in the rice cooker bowl, combine the cooked rice, bacon, and scrambled eggs. Add liquid aminos or soy sauce and sugar to taste. After mixing, press into an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan to about 1 ½ inch thickness. Top with more sugar, salt, and grated Parmesan if desired.
  5. Cut and wrap individual cakes in a paper foil like Martha Wrap™. Makes about 10 cakes.

Thanks to Our Sponsors
We went out of our way, for this podcast, to reach out exclusively to companies we actually love and buy stuff from ourselves. Which is to say, you won't find ads here for life insurance companies or mattresses or cooking kits that come to you in a box.

  • Shimano: Shimano XT Di2 is glorious anywhere, but its magnificence really comes into play when you're 78 miles into a high-altitude race and are now at a part of the race where it would be really nice to shift pretty much constantly, precisely, and perfectly, without much effort. That's Shimano XT Di2.
  • The Feed: The Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race is an eating contest disguised as a bike race, and you need to train for that eating contest. Get to know the good folks at The Feed and start using your race food plan now, before it's too late. Get yourself a Leadville race pack or training pack, and use the code LEADVILLE15 for a 15% discount!
  • Banjo Brothers: A simple, sturdy, well-designed, time-tested saddle bag is a must during this race. Fatty's trusted Banjo Brothers bags on his LT100 bike race for more than a decade.
  • ENVE: Whether you're thinking about your cockpit or your wheels, the Leadville 100 is the very definition of an ENVE dream scenario. I've got an M5 bar and M525 wheels on his bike and rides without fear of broken components or pinch flats.


Jun 05, 2018
S1E2: Preventing — and Coping With — Cramps
57:04

In this episode, we talk about the endurance racer’s worst enemy: cramps. Fatty interviews Rebecca Rusch — The Queen of Pain — to get her tips on avoiding and surviving cramps, and Hottie and Fatty talk about our own experiences and expertise on dealing with cramps, too.

We detail the dash for the Leadville City limits in our "The Course" segment, digging into the seven most important things you can know about in the first six miles of this race.

You'll be astonished at how many of these tips are useful no matter what race you're doing.

Finally, Coach Jonathan Lee of TrainerRoad talks about rest intervals, an often-neglected piece of getting real race fitness. If you've ever cramped — or would like to avoid them in the future — you should listen to this episode. And you should subscribe, too, because that will make us happy.

Thanks to Our Sponsors
We went out of our way, for this podcast, to reach out exclusively to companies we actually love and buy stuff from ourselves. Which is to say, you won't find ads here for life insurance companies or mattresses or cooking kits that come to you in a box.

  • Shimano: Shimano XT Di2 is glorious anywhere, but its magnificence really comes into play when you're 78 miles into a high-altitude race and are now at a part of the race where it would be really nice to shift pretty much constantly, precisely, and perfectly, without much effort. That's Shimano XT Di2.
  • The Feed: The Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race is an eating contest disguised as a bike race, and you need to train for that eating contest. Get to know the good folks at The Feed and start using your race food plan now, before it's too late.
  • Banjo Brothers: A simple, sturdy, well-designed, time-tested saddle bag is a must during this race. Fatty's trusted Banjo Brothers bags on his LT100 bike race for more than a decade.
  • ENVE: Whether you're thinking about your cockpit or your wheels, the Leadville 100 is the very definition of an ENVE dream scenario. I've got an M5 bar and M525 wheels on his bike and rides without fear of broken components or pinch flats.
May 29, 2018
S1E1: Answering the Big Question
56:54

We kick off Season 1 by addressing the question that keeps every Leadville 100 MTB racer up at night: "Can I finish this race?" Race founder Ken Chlouber has some wisdom to lend with his perspective.

Rebecca Rusch launches her "Questions for the Queen" segment with advice on the most important thing you can do while training, during your taper, and during the race itself.

Coach Jonathan Lee has training tips to get you caught up and launch your next phase of training.

Finally, Fatty and Hottie get into their weekly deep-dive on the race course by detailing strategies for getting to the starting line ready for the race.

We went out of our way, for this podcast, to reach out exclusively to companies we actually love and buy stuff from ourselves. Which is to say, you won't find ads here for life insurance companies or mattresses or cooking kits that come to you in a box. 

  • Shimano: Shimano XT Di2 is glorious anywhere, but its magnificence really comes into play when you're 78 miles into a high-altitude race and are now at a part of the race where it would be really nice to shift pretty much constantly, precisely, and perfectly, without much effort. That's Shimano XT Di2.
  • The Feed: The Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race is an eating contest disguised as a bike race, and you need to train for that eating contest. Get to know the good folks at The Feed and start using your race food plan now, before it's too late.
  • Banjo Brothers: A simple, sturdy, well-designed, time-tested saddle bag is a must during this race. Fatty's trusted Banjo Brothers bags on his LT100 bike race for more than a decade.
  • ENVE: Whether you're thinking about your cockpit or your wheels, the Leadville 100 is the very definition of an ENVE dream scenario. Fatty's got an M5 bar and 525 wheels on his bike and rides without fear of broken components or pinch flats.
May 21, 2018
S0E6: A Conversation with Race Founder Ken Chlouber
01:02:31

You're an out-of-work miner in a town with 60% unemployment. So what do you do? Well, what Ken did was create the most iconic 100-mile mountain biking and trail running races in America. Fatty talks with him about how, and why, and what he'd do next. It's an inspiring episode with a man who will genuinely make you believe you are better than you think you are, and can do more than you think you can.

May 21, 2018
S0E5: Chasing Rebecca Rusch
42:11

This is Fatty’s story about his fastest Leadville ever. For some reason (probably because he reacts strongly to trash-talk), he fixated on beating four-time Leadville Trail 100 champion Rebecca Rusch's time from her first win. You'll have to decide for yourself whether this is a tale of obsession, redemption, or something else much weirder.

May 21, 2018
S0E4: Finishing in Under 9 Hours, Finally
27:29
Like most people, the first time Fatty rode the Leadville 100, he just wanted to finish. And like most people, after that he wanted more. Time after time he chased a sub-nine-hour finish, and time after time he missed.
 
Until his fifteenth year of racing the Leadville. This is Fatty’s story of the year everything finally came together. 
May 21, 2018
S0E3: One Gear and a Great Year
25:47

Ask yourself: what would it take for you to call a race your best ever? Would you need to win? Set a personal record? Move up in your category’s standings? That's what Fatty has always looked for, and this year — his first on a single speed — had none of those things. But it's still stands out as one of his favorite days on a bike.

Enjoy this bonus episode!

May 21, 2018
S0E2: Three Racers, One Great Finish
41:01

Fatty and two of his best friends, Bob and Dug, each tell their story of racing the 1998 Leadville Trail 100. All of them had big plans, and not one of them hit their goal. Somehow, though, all of them had a pretty amazing experience (although Fatty probably should have gotten stitches afterward).

Enjoy this bonus — i.e., not one of the weekly episodes of the show — story the next time you need a little Leadville inspiration.

May 21, 2018
S0E1: Fatty's First Leadville Trail 100
26:17

Way back in 1997 the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race  was capped at 400 people — one fifth as many as today! — and all you needed to do to get in was mail in your registration.

Fatty was there, and wrote up his story, now read for you twenty years later by Fatty himself. See if you can catch all the things he got wrong (the food he ate, the names of parts of the course, much more). 

 

May 21, 2018