Welcome to this episode of Grits, Guts, and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority in all things Leadville. Host Cole Chlouber, son of race founder Ken Chlouber, takes us on a story-telling journey of the 38-year rich history of this race. Listen in for tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville members! Today’s episode features Ty and Roxanne Hall, the entrepreneurial power couple and longtime finishers of the mountain biking race. Listen as they talk about topics such as their connection with Leadville, their entrepreneurial journey, and their passion and love for biking and Leadville.
The episode begins with Ty and Roxanne bringing us on their own journeys to Leadville and what got them connected into this community. After meeting in Leadville and deciding this was where they wanted to stay, they both got jobs there and planted their roots in the community. This eventually led to the founding of their own business, the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. They also share about their family history and the impact their families had on their lives.
They move on to a more emotional and personal story of Roxanne’s injury when she was hit by a car while riding her bike. Both Roxanne and Ty share about the difficulties they faced during this time. Ty shares how inspiring it was to watch Roxanne come back after this tragic accident and continue to push forward in her goals and dreams. The process of healing was a long one, but it was a miracle. This recovery later led to Roxanne creating her own Guardian Angel of the Bike designs which represented her miracle recovery and to inspire and motivate others.
Next, Cole asks Ty and Roxanne to share about their entrepreneurial journey to the creation of the business they have today. They both begin by sharing that the beginning journey of creating their business was based on a desire to stay in Leadville and make a life there. This business began as a restaurant called the Cookhouse which has now over the years expanded into the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. They also both point out the huge impact the community of Leadville had in helping them reach their goals and create what they have today.
The episode concludes with Ty and Roxanne both sharing their experiences with biking. Ty has become involved in the Leadville races through becoming the dream chaser for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy foundation. Roxanne shares about her own experiences and how she has pushed through many different injuries and continues to ride today. Lastly, they both share what keeps them coming back to these races which is the desire to follow their passions and live every day to the most. Not only that, but they also share how their lives have been shaped outside of just racing in teaching them endurance and the importance of community.
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