You didn’t finish under 12 hours, which means you didn’t get your buckle.  Well you won’t be the first and you definitely won’t be the last.  Did you underestimate your training, did you think it wouldn’t hurt that bad, did you spend a little too much time taking selfies, or was it the wrong tires, or nutrition or the altitude?  No matter your reason, it stings, it stings real bad!  And all you want is for the sting to go away.  You want to feel that sense of accomplishment riding up the red carpet and over that finish line.  But how?

LT100 Legacy Foundation supporter Eric Grubman knows all about the sting.  As soon as he failed to finish the 2018 LT100 MTB under the 12-hour cut off, he was checking his race stats, reviewing his training, assessing his breaks and how long he stopped.  He just couldn’t believe that he didn’t make it.  And he knew almost immediately, that he would have to try again, but be more dedicated and committed to the cause. 

After a few months passed Eric knew he needed a different kind of pressure to help get the “Monkey off his back”.  He started to talk to his network of friends, the ones in high places with capacity to give.  He asked them to pledge money to his ride, to benefit the LT100 Legacy Foundation.  But they would only have to pay up if he finished under 12.

And then he trained harder.  He talked to other finishers about race day tactics and nutrition and clothing.  He used other races to test his pace and mph.  And then he toed the start line.  Race day conditions were close to perfect and things were looking great in the first 40 miles.  The Columbine climb slowed his pace considerably and then came the rain storm on the Sugarloaf decent and it looked like it was all starting to unravel.  As he rounded 6th St in the closing miles, his eyes started to well and he could barely see the time on the clock as he rode the red carpet over the finishing line.  11.26:21. He had done it!  He got that monkey off his back and finally the sting was gone!  And at the same time he raised over $200,000 for the community based foundation all about giving back to Leadville.   

If you need some extra pressure and want to set up a fundraiser to benefit the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy, reach out now leadvilletrail100legacy@gmail.com  It could be the first step to get the monkey off your back!