2010 Race Across the Sky: Leadville 100
The race that started 25 years ago as a running race to drive tourism in Leadville has now grown to a lottery cap of 1000+ competitors, many of them the world's most elite cyclists. But the Leadville Trail 100 "Race Across the Sky" Mountain Bike Race is not just a race of man against man: it's man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. elements, man vs. time. A clock set for 12 grueling hour's slugs through 100 miles, over 14,000 vertical feet of climbing, some two miles above sea level, through extreme climate changes ranging from heat to hail, from rain to snow. To the racers, the risks of injury, fatigue and mechanical failure pale next to the chance that they will fall behind the 12 hour cut off mark and be eliminated.
Rivalries include six-time defending champion Dave Wiens vs. international star / seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Inspirational stories of human triumph include a Leadville woman rider who was critically injured by a car while training for last year's race, another who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and 45+ rider who has raced all 15 years.
Whether they're international stars of the sport or everyday folks with the will to finish a race whose difficulty is on par with the Ironman, the grit to push to their own physical and emotional limits strikes an elegant symmetry between racer and environment and a struggling former mining town whose very existence now relies on the tourism generated by this race.
The Most Controversial Tour Ever!
The controversy and aftershocks stemming from one of the most dramatic and exciting Tours in decades continue at a fever pitch. In spite of two positive tests, Landis continues to aggressively deny any wrongdoing. This controversy will continue for weeks, if not months or even years. What is not debatable if the fact that the 2006 Tour de France was suffused with dramatic twists and turns, stuffed with excitement and surprises, and proved to be a spellbinding action thriller from start to finish! Shock and controversy burst full-blown even before the start of the race when Spanish authorities announced results of their investigations of doping operations that forced the withdrawal of the Tour from four of last year’s top five finishers including both Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich. This led immediately to a virtual wide open field in the chase for the yellow jersey and sparked exceptional performances from scores of riders not prominent in pre-race prognostications. The race also produced expected showings from the specialists, all of it captured in our historic DVD. Robbie McEwen uses his incredible timing and acceleration to sprint to another green jersey. Michael Rasmussen wins his second consecutive KOM title with a courageous points-packed day in the Alps and Damien Cunego comes closer to fulfilling his vast potential and is named best young rider. Thor Hushovd pulls off the rare feat of victory on the first and last days of the race. It seems that each day produced another great winner, and it’s all captured on this spectacular DVD, including Landis's breakaway in stage 17. The drama of the 2006 Tour never flags from beginning to end in this remarkable DVD. The post-race story is far from complete, but the race itself will undoubtedly go down as a notable chapter in the history of cycling’s most legendary event, and it’s all captured in vivid images and moving commentary in this year’s World Cycling Productions DVD.
*Please note that the entirety of stage 17, approximately 4 hours, is included only in the 12-hour collector’s edition.
WCP salutes the remarkable rider's almost unthinkable feat with a unique, 24-hour DVD featuring highlights of each of his six Tour de France victories. You'll bear witness to 24 hours of cycling at its very best in cycling's most prestigious race, starting with Lance's first victory in 1999 following his successful battle with cancer, progressing through 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and culminating in the crescendo of his magnificent mastery in July 2004. This DVD is a remarkable record of a sporting champion whose record spans two centuries and is truly one for the ages!