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  • Sep 10, 2011
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Leadville MTB 100 followup

This post is an update to my prior Leadville MTB 100 Review

After several unproductive and unapologetic emails (see below), on August 31 I spoke to Scott Giffin, the LT100 MTB race director, via telephone. Over the course of the conversation he agreed that the LT100 was a prestigious and expensive event and should be held to a higher standard, but if he was concerned about the fact that they had run out of water, he was not apologetic. He informed me that they transported 20% more water to the top of Columbine this year than last year and that they would take steps to ensure that this did not happen again in the future, as if this somehow improved the situation for those that were unable to get aid this year. My suggestion to him was that since he possessed the split times for the top of Columbine and could talk to his aid station captain to determine when the water ran out, that at the very least they should email an apology to those racers affected. Better would be an apology and an offer to skip the lottery for a future event and enter the event at a discounted rate. Is it too much to ask for people to own their mistakes, whether intentional or not? I certainly don’t think so, but this suggestion was ill-received, apparently they “regret water was not available” but are not prepared to apologize for it. Scott did ask if competing in the event again in the future is what I wanted, and offered to give me another crack at the event without going through the lottery, which I declined. He did state to me, upon my questioning, that if he was contacted by others who were in this situation in 2011 he would extend the same offer to them. So, if you raced this year and reached the top of Columbine and were unable to get water at the aid station and if you want another crack at the event, I encourage you to contact Scott Giffin. Closing the call we talked cordially for a number of minutes about the experience of riding from the last corral, confusing aspects of the race and how the event could be improved in the future. I think it is fantastic that Scott was courteous enough to spend some time on the phone with me, but I think the very least that they could do is apologize to myself and the other racers, as such the sour taste that this event left in my mouth remains.

My first email to the race staff was on 8/19, after having received no reply by 8/25 I followed up with the following

You have had over a week to respond to this, that is ample time by any
definition. I ask again, what do you intend to do to rectify this
situation?

Sam

On 8/25 I received two emails, the first from Marvin Sandoval:

We understand that you want answers.  We also understand that we did
not provide enough fluids at the halfway point of this great race. This
past week we were also putting on another race that took priority. I
want you to know that we have talked to our aid station captions and
intend to provide even more fluids next year. We understand that we
underestimated the amount needed. Thanks for your concern and input
and as always we will continue to work even harder in our effort to
not let this happen again.

Marvin Sandoval

Supply and Logistics Coordinator

The second from Scott Giffin:

Sam,

Thanks for your patience. We have been consumed with putting
on a 100-mile run.

For Columbine, all water and supplies must be transported to the top
by aid station personnel. We load their vehicles full and they drive
to the top. Once there, with the race in progress, there is no resupply.
This has never been an issue - aid station personnel have always been
able to transport enough supplies. This year, with the hot
temperatures, it became a problem. We regret water was not available
for the final racers to reach Columbine. Next year, we will pre-position
additional water on Friday prior to the race. This will ensure an ample
supply for all racers.

The aid station captain has confirmed food was available to all racers.
We will continue to provide a wide variety of food at this aid station.

To ensure rider safety, medical assets were on station at Columbine,
and Search and Rescue was nearby. We will continue to have this medical
support at future races.

Best,

Scott Giffin

Race Director - Leadville Race Series

I responded to Scott’s email with the following:

Scott,

That response is unacceptable. I paid $275 for this event with certain
expectations. I will ask again, what do you intend to do to remedy
this situation?

Sam

and the final email I received from Scott was simply, “What is your phone number?”.

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  • Sep 08, 2011
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Dakota Five-0 followup

Another Labor Day has come and gone along with another Dakota Five-0. My dream goal for the race was a 5 hour finish and after my last pre-ride I felt that it was maybe, just _maybe_ achievable. Race day though I went out a little too hot for not being warmed up and then let my pace slack a bit too much through the middle part of the course. I ended up finishing in an acceptable, but by no means impressive, 5 hours and 58 minutes, my fastest finish to date. Although I was not totally satisfied with my performance, it was yet another absolutely stellar event. The aid stations were very well supplied as always, the volunteers were extremely gracious and eager to help and the course was groomed to perfection. The best part about this event is the camaraderie, you feel like you are rolling out with hundreds of your closest friends on an epic mission of suffering and attrition to conquer the fifty mile loop. That feeling was in full force this year and everyone I spoke to had a great day.

The lack of recent updates to this site is due to a couple of factors, the first being that I have been using my spare time to travel and ride instead of sit in front of a computer. Now that the Laramie Enduro, Leadville MTB 100 and the Dakota Five-0 are behind me, with any luck I should find the time to get the Victoria Lake loops added to the site and do a massive re-vamp of the Storm Mountain trail information in the next month or so.

The other thing that has been keeping me busy was the creation of a new Dakota Five-0 race map. I have never done anything like this before and the investment in terms of hours was fairly significant, so I am hopeful that the riders and their crews found it useful and that any errors were not overly egregious.


Log: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/111986233

Mileage (car): 100mi

Mileage (bike): 47mi

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