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Hey,

If you do Leadville, or are thinking about it, the registration process has completely changed. Instead of sending in a paper form, the process is now totally online. Entries are open now.

http://www.leadvilletrail100.com

To quote the website:

Please note that if you signed up for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race you will be charged the $15 application fee upon entry into the lottery. The lottery will be held the first week in February 2010. Those applicants who are successful in gaining entry into the LT100 MTB Race will be notified on February 8, 2010 at which time their entry fees will be processed.

So, you pay $15 to enter the lottery, and if you are selected, you pay $275 to enter the race.
 

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Does it also say "you can register at the last minute if you're a Trek sponsored rider working for Lance" even though the race entry is supposed to be a lottery...
 

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The whole thing is rigged. They know how many times you've done it in the past.... funny how the people who've done it multiple times (and finished) always get in. So, the lottery is only for those that have never competed before.

I'd have better luck at a casino.
 

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I know

funny how the people who've done it multiple times (and finished) always get in
I know A LOT of finishers that have not gotten into the race every year. I think for the majority of entries it's luck of the draw, but I'm also sure there are some selective decisions being made. If it was my race/business I would probably do the same thing, it would be tough to handle since no matter what you do you're going to disappoint half the people that attempt to get in.

As many have said before, if someone wants in really bad volunteering at one of the events doesn't hurt your chances. Or you could train really hard and become a pro Trek guy and hug Lance or Carmichael's nuts.

Here is an expensive way in, and there is even a waiting list.
http://www.trainright.com/camps.asp?uid=4026
 

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The whole thing is rigged. They know how many times you've done it in the past.... funny how the people who've done it multiple times (and finished) always get in. So, the lottery is only for those that have never competed before.

I'd have better luck at a casino.
Yeah, I know a guy who came in 14th several years back and hasn't gotten back in since even after volunteering a few of those years. I was denied the first year I applied and got in the second. I think a lot of it comes down to who you know. Fair? Not really, but it's their race so I guess they can do whatever they want.
 

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Huh... $15 just for the privilege of entering? That would dampen any thoughts I had about entering.

That's pretty damn ostentatious.

Events like RAGBRAI and others don't charge you for the privilege of being considered in their lottery.
 

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It's commonly known that there are many ways to get into Leadville (to get in, not just help your chances). The most disappointing thing I've seen relating to this discussion, was watching the L-100 film a couple of months ago (think it was called Race Across the Sky) and seeing the race organizer say how it's a lottery for everyone accept Tour de France winners. Come on. At least just say that there are a few hundred "special" entries set aside and it's a lottery for all the rest. At least be honest about it.
 

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Got in 5 years ago and every year since.

Didn't know anybody. Haven't won the Tour de France. Never volunteered. Just went, rode and finished.

I think year one is luck of the draw (have heard and can't dispute the suggestions that volunteering helps - seems like a fair quid pro quo?).

I also believe that if you keep going back, at some point you are assured entry - so you can go for the 1,000 mile buckle, etc.

The race is under my skin, I admit it. I'll keep going back. It's an experience. Gives me something to aim for every year as I try to slow down the aging process.

I may not be hard core enough to do a "real" mountain bike race, but I have learned that even the "tough" guys can underestimate Leadville (Tinker quit with a broken seat clamp? I mean really...?).

Anyway, I understand the criticism re: the new fee for the lottery entry. On the bright side, if it keeps people from applying for entry, it improves the odds for the rest.
 

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I like the sound of LV Silver Rush 50 mile race on different date. A lot less money and no lottery. Has anyone done it? Same course as LT100? I thinking about checking it out.
 

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Im hoping to get in. Hell Ive bought lottery tickets and drinks for girls with much less of a chance of winning.
I figure $15 is three beers. I wont spend anything on gear or training until Feb 9th though.
 

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I like the sound of LV Silver Rush 50 mile race on different date. A lot less money and no lottery. Has anyone done it? Same course as LT100? I thinking about checking it out.
Couple buddies did it. Lots of jeep roads, apparently.
 

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I've got a butt-cheek and a half on the "YES I WILL TRY TO ENTER" side of the fence. Jeep roads be damned, 100 miles on dirt is a 100 miles on dirt.
 

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I've got a butt-cheek and a half on the "YES I WILL TRY TO ENTER" side of the fence. Jeep roads be damned, 100 miles on dirt is a 100 miles on dirt.
Pfffttt!

I've got $.02 on "I will try and drive up there to watch it this year". I've got an even better idea. I will drive up there to ride Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass and then "maybe try and watch it this year".
 

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Pfffttt!

I've got $.02 on "I will try and drive up there to watch it this year". I've got an even better idea. I will drive up there to ride Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass and then "maybe try and watch it this year".
Make it a shuttle ride from Copper to Tennessee Pass and you've got a deal!! :cool:
 
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