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Leadville — The Leadville Race Series Podcast is your authority on all things Leadville.

Join Cole Chlouber, son of race founder Ken Chlouber, as he and a host of characters share rich stories about their history with the LRS events and the community of Leadville. We will share our stories full of rich history about Leadville and the Leadville Trail 100. We will offer tricks tips that will get you to that line come summer, and we're also going to throw in a community member or two. We'd like you to get to know where to spend your time when not racing and we'd like you to meet the rest of your Leadville family.

Grit, Guts and Determination: The Leadville Race Series Podcast The Leadville Race Series

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Leadville — The Leadville Race Series Podcast is your authority on all things Leadville.

Join Cole Chlouber, son of race founder Ken Chlouber, as he and a host of characters share rich stories about their history with the LRS events and the community of Leadville. We will share our stories full of rich history about Leadville and the Leadville Trail 100. We will offer tricks tips that will get you to that line come summer, and we're also going to throw in a community member or two. We'd like you to get to know where to spend your time when not racing and we'd like you to meet the rest of your Leadville family.

    Meet Eco Challenge Duo Travis and Mark Macy, A Leadville Legacy That Continues On

    Meet Eco Challenge Duo Travis and Mark Macy, A Leadville Legacy That Continues On

    Welcome to this episode of Grit, Guts and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority on all things Leadville. Host Cole Chlouber takes us on a story-telling journey of the 39 year rich history of this race. Listen in as they provide tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville members. In today’s episode we meet Travis and Mark Macy, who you may know from the Prime series covering the Eco-Challenge. Mark is also one of Leadville’s early 100 mile runners and his son, Travis, has followed in his dad’s footsteps.

    To begin, we hear from both Mark and Travis about how Leadville found them. Mark first heard about Leadville in 1988, and participated in their first ever 100-miler. Travis shares just a few of the great memories Leadville has provided him and his family with over the years. Travis has done the bike 5 times, first in 2006 when he finished in 12th place. As the race grew more and more popular, it became more difficult to place in the top. During Mark’s first bike race, he recalls having no clue what to expect.

    The conversation then shifts to discussing adventure racing and Travis and Mark’s appearance on the Amazon Prime Eco-Challenge series. It was in Moab, Utah that Mark was first introduced to adventure racing. The challenge hadn’t happened since 2002, and rumors began circulating that the show was making a return in 2018. After long discussions, Travis and Mark decided to apply. They were accepted, and were able to race alongside a great team. Even though they didn’t win in the end, the experience was one they wouldn’t trade for the world.

    Mark has been very open about his diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. Although Alzheimer’s is a difficult and heartbreaking thing, Mark wants those impacted by it to see him living a fine and happy life now. He even participated in the Leadville race a few months back, and has no plans to stop anytime soon. Many people with Alzheimers are worried and scared, but Mark urges them to continue doing what they need to do and focus on what makes you happy today. No matter what it is that’s important to you, don’t give up on it. Then, Travis shares his admiration for his father, who has always prioritized helping others rather than getting himself to the finish line.

    As the episode wraps up, Travis stresses the importance of being prepared to handle the curveballs life will present you with regardless of what you’re preparing for. For those hoping to make it to the Leadville starting line next summer, the most important thing is to keep on going. No matter how hard it is, you have to stick with it if you want to finish.

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    Meet Six Time Leadville Trail 100 Champion Dave Wiens and Hear What He is Up To Today

    Meet Six Time Leadville Trail 100 Champion Dave Wiens and Hear What He is Up To Today

    Welcome to this episode of Grit, Guts and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority on all things Leadville. Host Cole Chlouber takes us on a story-telling journey of the 38 year rich history of this race. Listen in as they provide tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville members. In today’s episode we meet six consecutive time Leadville Trail 100 mountain biking champion Dave Wiens.

    As the conversation begins, Dave tells the story of how Leadville found him. Growing up in suburban Denver, his family often spent recreational time in Twin Lakes near Leadville. Dave’s first mountain bike race in Leadville was just his 4th ever race. Over the years, Dave has never lost the drive to compete. His wife, Susan, is a 1996 mountain biking bronze medalist and stands alongside Dave in the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame.

    Then, Dave tells the story of Gunnison Trails, the hiking, running and mountain biking nonprofit he founded in 2006. It involves trail maintenance, trail stewardship, education and development at Gunnison Valley. While thinking about ways to fund the organization, Dave was approached to help develop the Sage Burner Trail Race. The Race is 100% owned and operated by Gunnison Trails and fully funds the organization. He also discusses Pennies For Trails, a fundraiser for Gunnison Trails made possible by a handful of local businesses.

    Dave is now the Director at IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. IMBA is focused on providing great mountain biking trails for more people in more places across the country and even globally. They are largely focused on towns who have lost major former extraction industries, such as mining, and transforming them into recreation areas. Dirt industries, such as trails and mountain biking, are incredibly important to the health and wellness of communities and can contribute to local economies.

    Next, Dave discusses his 6-time Leadville Trail mountain biking championship, a feat that is unlikely to be matched any time soon. In late 2006, he committed to the mountain biking race at Leadville. According to Dave, the Leadville trail is so special because it offers every kind of terrain along its course. Once he discovered he may be competing alongside pros such as Lance Armstrong, Dave created a whole new training regimen for himself.

    Aside from being a competitor, Dave has a history of volunteering, helping races, supporting the Leadville Legacy Foundation and has stuck alongside the family during their darkest and brightest times. Leadville is really one huge family, which Dave said he felt from day one. Knowing the roots and history of Leadville from long before the race began is another element in Dave’s connection and appreciation of the town.

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    Meet Coach Frank Mencin and Hear About His Lake County High School Cross Country Program and Life After His Dynasty

    Meet Coach Frank Mencin and Hear About His Lake County High School Cross Country Program and Life After His Dynasty

    Welcome to this episode of Grit, Guts and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority on all things Leadville. Host Cole Chlouber takes us on a story-telling journey of the 38 year rich history of this race. Listen in as they provide tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville members. In today’s episode we meet the best coach in America, Coach Frank Mencin. Frank knows all about digging deep, sacrifice, commitment and has found his own inexhaustible will of grit, guts and determination.

    As the conversation begins, Frank talks about his journey in competitive running, beginning in high school. In 1979, he ran a marathon in Eugene, Oregon and qualified for the Olympic trials the year it was boycotted in Moscow. Following the retirement of the current coach, Frank began coaching the cross country team at Lake County High school in Leadville. His focus on running shifted from his own practice to coaching other promising young athletes in the sport. He learned lots from former coach Dick including how to manage endurance in the high altitude. Of the twenty Conference Championships Frank’s teams competed in, they won sixteen and placed second in the remaining four.In June of 1991, Frank took an opportunity to become an elementary principal, where he remained for 8 years before moving up to the high school. He treasured his experience at the schools and recalls the supportive parents and opportunities which were offered to him.

    Then, Frank talks about the Leadville 100 MTB and his surprise at the sheer amount of die-hards it attracts. Aside from being a great healthy activity, the race also generates a substantial economic benefit for the town of Leadville. It offers something for everyone: physically and emotionally. Frank gives listeners a little insight into his cycling training regimen. He was a Nordic skier in college and still practices the sport today as cardio and upper body training during the winter, when biking is nearly impossible. Frank believes that life, much like cycling, is a test every day. Good nutrition, training and sleeping are a recipe for success in the race.

    A large hurdle for many of the Leadville participants is the altitude. Even coming from Denver, which is considered high altitude, Leadville doesn’t compare. Frank shares a few preparation tips that have helped him become accustomed to this factor. He recommends everyone develop a personal plan based on their own goals and fitness levels. He urges people to start a training program at least 6-8 months in advance and test themselves out in the mountains to get used to the terrain. Higher altitudes require more rest and recovery time. Additionally, he says you should train in all different elements as the weather during Leadville can be unpredictable. The most important thing is to be prepared and know how to deal with the elements. In closing, Frank encourages listeners to take a chance with Leadville, no matter how old you are, accept the challenge and believe in yourself.

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    Meet Born To Run Star Barefoot Ted McDonald and Hear About His Big Wave Philosophy of Running and How That Journey Brought Him to Leadville

    Meet Born To Run Star Barefoot Ted McDonald and Hear About His Big Wave Philosophy of Running and How That Journey Brought Him to Leadville

    Welcome to this episode of Grit, Guts and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority on all things Leadville. Host Cole Chlouber takes us on a story-telling journey of the 38 year rich history of this race. Listen in as they provide tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville members. In today’s episode we meet the character of the book Born To Run, Barefoot Ted McDonald. Ted has not only experienced Leadville and the Tarahumara, but has taken it a step further to create his own running sandal brand called Luna Sandals.

    As the conversation begins, Barefoot Ted recalls how Leadville found him. He served as a pacer in 2007 for a friend participating in Leadville and was captivated by its deep history, tradition and familial aspect. Needless to say, Ted has been coming back to Leadville every year since. Barefoot Ted is the subject of the popular book Born To Run written by Christopher McDougall. The book covers a race and captured people's attention by telling the story of running through the history of humanity. Thanks to the book, many people have been awakened to their own potential as a human and athlete alike.

    In Ted’s later 30’s, he didn’t consider himself a long distance runner. He made it his mission to overcome the feeling of pain he felt running long distances. Ted grew up in barefoot surf and skate culture in southern California in the 70’s. After doing some research, he became intrigued by the concept of barefoot running and the anatomy of the foot. Barefooting ended up becoming the tool which allowed Ted to reconnect and understand what it was like to move well.

    Next, Ted discusses his own company Luna Sandals, which he started in a basement in Seattle in 2009. He was totally new to the craft but after realizing the superior functionality of the sandals, has yet to look back. The name of the company came from another character in the book, Manuel Luna. Listen as Ted tells the fascinating story behind this inspiration and the Tarahumara. In addition to paying homage to Manuel, Ted held on to the hope that over time he would be able to do something good for the world in return. Ted gives insight into Busuréliame, a grassroots program he is a spokesperson for. Busuréliame, meaning “inner awakening”, aims to spread cultural awareness and education to Tarahumara children.

    Finally, Ted praises Leadville 100, believing it to encompass 100 years in a single day. He explains his secret philosophies to training. He says it’s the setbacks in life which really propel you forward. To the Leadville family members coming from sea level, he recommends learning new breathing techniques for the different atmosphere. To him, Leadville is happiness, family and community.

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    Meet Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe

    Meet Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe

    Welcome to the Grit, Guts and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority on all things Leadville. Son of race founder, Cole Chlouber, hosts this podcast to take us on a story-telling journey of the 38 year rich history of this race. Sit back and enjoy the best tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville members. In this episode, Cole invites on a unique guest. Turkish immigrant and Leadville’s current Mayor, Greg Labbe joins the conversation to add color to the scene. You won’t want to miss this stroll down memory lane with a man who has lived and breathed every facet of the Leadville race!

    The conversation gets rolling as Greg shares his story about when Leadville found him and how. Listen in as he talks about the funky-town vibe that appealed to him as he found this gem in the mountains. Greg recalls that buying a home in Leadville was one of the best life decisions he has ever made. He shares about how he first learned about the race and his family participation through pacing for people. Both intimidation and thrilling, Greg chats about what it’s like to be the mayor and the one to step up and introduce everyone to Leadville for this race.

    Cole shifts the focus towards the in-and-outs of being Leadville’s mayor. Going on 5 years now, Greg says that this position marks a pinnacle of his life. Nearly an accident, Greg’s term as mayor has proven to be an unexpected, but thrilling ride. Listen in as he shares some of his favorite accomplishments that have happened as he has been mayor. From brining buildings up to code, to rounding up help, to managing taxation, Greg has been a part of it all.

    As this episode continues, Cole asks Greg about more of his personal life and experiences. Greg talks about the extracurricular activities he enjoys—most of which is motorcycling. Racing for over 50 years now, Greg says that he will be racing until the day he can’t. Learn about the intense heart rate he pushes through and the lifestyle that allows him to do this. Cole also asks Greg to share about his hoarding athletes and ultra-runners as they stay at his home for the race. Hear stories about people like Joe, Barefoot Ted, and Patrick. All big-names that have incredible stories. Greg discusses how this event proves near and dear to his own sons’ hearts and how they have created a silly and eccentric fashion trend with crazy tights.

    What are some of his more memorable moments being part of this event? Learn about his love for pacing and the guttiest performance he has ever seen. Greg shares his passion for getting behind the people that do not seem to have a chance. Cole asks about the memorable moments Greg had with his father. Sharing about how they developed a friendship over the years and created an adventure Mecca in Leadville, Greg appreciated Cole’s father’s way of keeping his cool and being willing to put his butt on the line to do the course that he asked others to do. Learn about the magic that has brought it all together, the PR Leadville has seen, and the value and pride that have come with diversification. Learn what Leadville is up to these days.

    As the episode draws to a close, Greg shares what he’s learned through personal changes and the lifestyle critically impacts one’s ability to perform. Greg offers a few pieces of advise for new athletes—don’t forget the importance of relentless forward motion. Learn of his love for the community and the most important part of Leadville. Thanks for joining!

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    Meet Tamira Jenlink, your new Leadville Race Series Race Director!

    Meet Tamira Jenlink, your new Leadville Race Series Race Director!

    Welcome to this episode of Grit, Guts and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority on all things Leadville. Host Cole Chlouber takes us on a story-telling journey of the 38 year rich history of this race. Listen in as they provide tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville members. In this episode, Cole speaks with Tamira Jenlink who is the new Leadville Race Series director. Tamira is passionate about the outdoors, mental health, and Leadville. Listen as she shares about her passions and her love for Leadville.

    The episode begins with Tamira sharing about her mountain biking past history and skills. She fell in love with bikes at a young age and several years later, fell in love with mountain bike racing after her first 24 hour race through the woods. She shares how inspired she was by the ability to join together her love for biking and working with a team through racing. Not only is biking a big part of her life, but so is rock climbing. She shares about this passion and her view on how connecting with a community and the outdoors promotes health and emotional wellness.

    Tamira goes on to share about her history of racing and her first time participating in the 100 mile race. For her, one of the most inspiring moments of her first race was being able to become a part of the biking community and see the bigger picture. She also shares some of her injuries and close calls from her years of racing. Even these parts of racing have shown her the importance of working together as a team and being there for each other.

    Cole then asks Tamira to share how Leadville has shaped her life beyond racing. For Tamira, Leadville has offered her not only a community, but a family that is there to support and encourage her. She wants to be able to support her community and give back to them, which she is able to do through her bike coaching to girls. She talks about her desire to see them reach their goals and shares her love of biking with them. Additionally, she also shares her desire to use this as a means to promote mental health through movement, connection with humans, and being outside.

    Lastly, Cole then brings up the new journey Tamira is about to encounter in becoming the new Leadville Race Series director. This is a huge dream come true for her and she talks about her excitement to have a connection with an even bigger group of people through this job. Her desire is to cheer on and encourage others and use this position to open new doors for the people there and to continue to make impacts. She wants it to be a place where people can come together and be a part of something bigger than themselves. She concludes by sharing some of her best coaching tips for racing.
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

GreaserCustoms ,

Great show

The history, the stories and the lessons told during this podcast is great. It’s a definite listen if you are a fan of the Leadville race series

@scottykummer ,

Great Concept

This is a great idea….to learn about the race, its history, the characters behind it. I’m really enjoying it!

twinlakesdiva ,

Informational and inspirational

This family means so much to the racers and community. This is a great way to hear the old and new stories and be with family. Excellent job Cole. I am thankful to be part of the family and all the lessons of grit and determination this race has taught me. To dig deep when you feel you can’t go one step further. The lessons spread from the trail, into ones life and the obstacles we all come across. There is no greater joy than crossing the finishing line and getting that hug. I can’t wait to pass the torch to my girls one day as you Dad has done with you. This race also spreads its support to not only the runners but the community of Lake County. Thank you... honored to be part of this amazing family.

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