Here are a few pictures: (To read the full story, click here.)
Riders stand in 39 degree weather, waiting for the gun to go off at 6:30 a.m.
The mass start. Almost 1,600 racers started the race.
A few pedals later...the finish!
And Carlos (in the scarf), a leg amputee who finished in under 9 hours for the big buckle!
One last look at the streets of downtown Leadville. This was a few evenings before the race. It rained on us every single day we were there, except for on race day.
When I got home, I assessed all the cool stickers I collected during the trip. (The blue Pb sticker in the middle is now proudly affixed to my car.)