Straddling the borders of Nevada and California, the Sierra Nevada is a mountain biker's dream. The Blueprint for Athletes Tahoe Trail 100 offers athletes a 2-loop, 50 kilometer course filled with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Rocky summits and breathtaking pine forests are found in every direction from the host location of Northstar California.
Athletes have many options at the Tahoe Trail 100. They can:
Whatever distance you choose to compete you are guaranteed a beautiful ride and an epic post-race party!
Friday, July 14
• 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration and packet pickup. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be mailed or given to others. Mandatory racer check-in and race number pick-up will also take place.
• 1:00 p.m. Course pre-ride with Dave Weins and Andy Buckley (this will be a brief ride that will cover the start/finish as well as any course and tactics questions you might have). The ride will start from "The Beach” next to the Gondola at the Northstar Village.
• 4:00 p.m. Mandatory Athlete Meeting (Village at Northstar Beach Area). Final details, course descriptions, and other important information will be presented by the race staff.
Saturday, July 15
• 5:30 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. Packet pickup and in-person registration. Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be given to others.
• 7:00 a.m. Race start. The race will start at the first roundabout off of Northstar Drive and Trimont Lane and will continue up Northstar Drive and into the Village before taking their fat tires to the trails! Riders will self-position themselves at the starting line in Northstar Village based on ability. Space is first come first serve. Please do not leave your bike unattended in the start corral.
*Athletes will be able to park in the Village View Parking Lot A.
**All 100K solo racers who drop to the 50K category in the middle of the race will be disqualified.
• 3:30 p.m. Awards ceremony, post-race meal and LT100 lottery at the Overlook. Plus a post-race party!
The race will start at Northstar California Resort and feature seven total climbs. The course ends at the overlook at the base area.
Bag drop deadline: 6:30 a.m. race morning near the Village to Mid-Mountain Gondola in Overnight Storage.
All Tahoe Trail 100 participants can assemble one (1) drop bag that will be taken by race organization to the drop bag area at Mid Mountain. Drop bags may not be larger than medium sizes duffels or small coolers. All drop bags must be left at the designated bag drop-off location near the Big Springs gondola in Overnight Storage before the race begins at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. The drop bags will be transported to the Village Aid Station (aid station # 4). Drop bags will be returned to the finish line and will be available after the race, so feel free to pack a change of clothes.
Our desire is to see everyone finish, and we will support you the best we can. However, if we do need to remove someone for missing the cut-off, the decision of the race official is final.
Please note: Due to safety restrictions on the course wheelchair participation is not permitted.
Aid station mileage/location
Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 MTB, based on the total number of registered riders at each qualifier event. Half of the qualifying spots will be allocated based on the top age-group performances and half will be drawn among riders who have finished the qualifier race within the allocated cut-off time.
Qualifying slots will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony. There will be 25-100 slots per qualifying event. Qualifying slot winners MUST BE PRESENT, as the roll-down qualifiers rule will be in effect at each event. All qualifier slots will be awarded and redeemed on race day. You must pay your entry to the LT100 when you accept your slot. You will have the option to register for the current year or the following year's LT100 and must decide when accepting your qualification slot. All entries into the LT100 are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
As one of the most well known mountain bike races on earth, getting into the Leadville Trail 100 MTB has always been difficult. LT100 Qualifiers are long and tough, with lots of climbing. They are similar to the classic course at Leadville in that they consist mainly of rugged jeep roads of gravel and dirt. A qualifier event could not only gain you entry into the LT100 MTB, but it could also boost your corral starting position in the Race Across the Sky!
Rider starting positions will be organized in color-coded corrals. These positions will be based on a finish time from the 2016 (year prior only) LT100 MTB race, a 2016 or 2017 qualifier event finish time, or if you hold a current USCI Pro Elite license. Please enter finish times or license numbers when prompted during the registration process. However, if you race a qualifier after previously gaining entry, you MUST email Athlete Services at Leadville@lifetimefitness.com to inform them of your finish time so you will be placed accordingly. You will not be placed automatically. Corrals will be assigned as follows:
Awards Ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes after final completion of the race. If you do not attend the award ceremony to receive your award you must send a check made out to the Leadville Race Series for $15 along with the Awards Form filled out fully to:
Leadville Race Series
Attn: Craig Martin
316 Harrison Ave.
Leadville, CO 80461
*Please note that 2016 awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season, September 20, 2016.
Engraved bike rotor plaques will be awarded 3 deep in each division. Age groups are male/female in 10 year increments (20-29, 30-39, etc.). All riders will receive a participant T-shirt, and riders completing the race within the allotted finish time will receive a finisher medal.
Northstar California is the Tahoe Trail 100 Host Venue. Find a room in the Village or rent a mountain bike home with your whole family.
> Find Northstar lodging that suits your race weekend needs
Food and drink
In addition to lodging, there are numerous dining spots in The Village at Northstar, including Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Rubicon Pizza Company and Starbuck’s. Earthly Delights offers fine deli-style food and light grocery items. Martis Valley Grille, located at the Northstar Golf Course, serves excellent breakfast and lunch options.
> Check out dining options
The Village at Northstar is always full of fun stuff to do for the whole family, from mini golf to bungee trampolines to roller skating and strider bike rentals. On Friday evenings from 5 – 8 p.m. the scene gets elevated with live music, face painting, yard games, shopping deals, and food and drink specials.
> Find fun for the whole family
Check out everything that’s going on at Northstar on race weekend and throughout the summer.
> See what else is going on at Northstar
There will be trash and recycling containers at all full aid stations and the start/finish line. Please discard any trash in an appropriate container. Intentional littering on the course will be grounds for disqualification. The course—on trails both public and private—travels past many historic sites and through areas of exceptional beauty. Help us keep them pristine.
We will be recycling all plastic, aluminum and cardboard during these races, and all our events. We’ll take care of this at the aid stations. At the start/finish, please ensure you place trash or recyclable materials in the appropriate containers, which will be well marked.
The Tahoe Trail experience is at the pinnacle of athletic events thanks in part to our wonderful sponsors.
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team.
2017 REGISTRATION OPENS THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY.
Qualifications: Visit our Qualification System page for information.
Mandatory: Photo ID required at check-in.
Leadville Policy Agreement: Please understand that the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series does not allow refunds or transfers for all race entries and registration fees unless you have purchased the registration refund coverage option and have a covered reason.
If you wish to defer your entry to the 2018 Leadville race season please understand that your entry will roll over only 1 year, for a charge of $30. All deferments must be confirmed by Athlete Services, Leadville@lifetimefitness.com, at least one week prior to the race.
Registration Refund: Leadville Race Series now offers a registration refund option. Click here to learn more.
Email our media team for athlete interviews, event information and credentials to the event on race weekend.