I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. I was lucky enough to receive several cycling-related gifts. Spokelit lights for my wheels and a long-sleeve Pearl Izumi jersey are two less excuses for not getting out and riding when it's cold.
Leadville Trail 100. And the first time I ever heard of the race I just happened to be in Leadville that evening on my way back to Frisco, and saw riders crossing the finish line in just under 12 hours. I learned later that the year prior Dave Wiens of Gunnison, CO, had defeated Floyd Landis to win his 4th straight LT100. And the next year he would beat Lance Armstrong for his 6th straight win. Of course the movie is filmed the year after that, with Lance returning to win this race, with Wiens coming in second. The scenery is amazing, and it's a little emotional to watch riders finish 5 hours after Lance, but still under the 12 hour time required to earn the belt buckle. These men and women were obviously tired, cold, hurting, and so proud of what they just accomplished. A good story that anyone would enjoy watching, and a must-see for cyclists.