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Join the Gold Rusch to Leadville

Rebecca Rusch knows the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race better than anyone… She’s won it 4 times!  That’s why GU is teaming up with Rebecca (or Reba, as she’s more commonly known) to bring you Reba & Fatty’s Leadville Experience. We are going to Leadville for race-specific webinars, training rides, nutrition talks, gear checks, and more.

Here’s the schedule:

MONDAY, August 10

  • 9am-12pm:  Ride Clinic – Columbine Training Ride

Climb the big monster and tame this beast at your own pace.

Meeting Location: Base of Columbine.  Drive south on Harrison/Hwy 24, go 17.6 miles. In Granite, Turn right (west) on County Rd-398. Follow County Rd-398 towards mine, go to parking area at base of climb.  We will meet there and climb up the ~7.5 miles to the turnaround point.


  • 9am-11am:  Ride Clinic –  Powerline Up’N’Down

Meeting Location: Lake County Middle School, 1000 West 6th (same place as expo). Roll out from there.

  • 3pm-4pm:  Race Prep Clinic – Setting Your Bike Up Right 

What gear and tools to bring, trailside tips, how to carry it all efficiently.

Location: Cycles of Life Parking Lot, 309 Harrison Ave # A, Leadville, CO 80461


  • 9am-12pm: Ride Clinic – Pipeline Training Ride

This easy rolling terrain is the sleeper section of the course- spin out your legs and get tips on race strategy on this important part. Aid station efficiency tips covered during this day.

Meeting Location: Pipeline Aid Station  

  • 3pm-4pm:  Race Prep Clinic – Race Day Nutrition with GU Products

Break down the mystery of how to dial in your fueling for the big day.  This is one of the most important make or break items of your race. GU samples available.

Location: Cycles of Life Parking Lot, 309 Harrison Ave # A, Leadville, CO 80461   

  • 6pm-8pm:  Brats & Beer with Reba & Fatty

Share some good food and cold drink with Rebecca and Fatty all for a good cause.  Fatty will be grilling up brats at his Leadville house and you can grab a plate. Donations for food and drink will go directly to World Bicycle Relief.

Location: 201 West 8th Street, Leadville, CO 80461 


  • 9am-11am:  Ride Clinic – Visualize your Ride  

Easy spin and how to prepare your mental game. Do the start and finish of the ride- your body is ready, how to mentally prepare.  Easy spin (10 miles) start at the beginning of the course.  

Location: Cycles of Life Parking Lot, Cycles of Life Parking Lot, 309 Harrison Ave # A, Leadville, CO 80461

  • 6pm-9pm:  Reba and Fatty’s Book Extravaganza and Pre-Race Party  

Last minute motivation gathering- Hear from Reba and Fatty on how to make your Leadville experience the best ever.  Readings from both Reba’s & Fatty’s books, stories, and personal tips from people who know!  Fundraiser for World Bicycle Relief and local charities- Leadville Racing, High School Cycling Team and The Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame.  Books, beer, and wraps on the pavers outdoor next to the Leadville Retail Store after the event.  Suggested $10 door donation and raffle ticket money will go to local charities.  Beer donation at after party will go to World Bicycle Relief.

Location: Historic Tabor Opera House, 308 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461


  • 9:30-10:30am  & Immediately after racer meeting: Rusch to Glory & The Great Fatsby Signing

Meet Reba and Fatty in the flesh, buy a book, get those pre-race questions answered.

Location: GU Booth at Expo, Lake County Middle School, 1000 West 6th


  • 6:30am: Race Day:  Reba & Fatty Ride for a Bigger Purpose  

Rebecca will be riding with Phoenix Patriot Foundation and Fatty will be part of the World Bicycle Relief Crew.  They’ll be near the finish line high fiving you after you come across the red carpet.


  • 6:30-7:15am:  Rusch to Glory & The Great Fatsby Signing, Before Awards Ceremony

Last Chance For Books From Reba & Fatty.

Location: Expo Area, Lake County Middle School, 1000 West 6th

Join the experience remotely to get pro-tips from Reba on how to prepare for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB.

Final Checklist (Live @ 6:00pm PST)
You’re on your way to Leadville. Don’t forget anything important! We’ll talk through the absolute essentials for you and your crew (if you have one), from bike to clothes to food to tools. We’ll also be providing actual checklists for you to use and adapt.

Knock Half an Hour off your Time: Top Ten Racing Tips (Recording)
Two weeks before the race last year, Reba worked with a racer to help her get her fastest time ever, knocking an incredible fifty minutes off her previous best. These same strategies will work for you, whether you’re hoping to finish before the time cutoff or get the coveted big belt buckle.

Be a Leadville 100 Course Guru (Recording)
Sure, you know about Columbine and Powerline, but there are tips and tricks you can use on every single section of the course to stay focused, fast, and safe. We’re going to talk through each part of the course, describing what to do, what to watch out for, and what your split times should be for common finish targets.