Somehow Marcy and I managed to pull off a weeknight getaway from the spud in order to go see Race Across the Sky which was doing a one night showing last night. Gotta say, before I saw the trailer for this movie a few weeks ago, I never would have considered doing the Leadville 100. From what I'd heard, it was mostly on road and doubletrack and was an out and back style course. Three things that I tend to try to avoid when it comes to traveling 2/3's of the way across the country to do a race. BUT, after seeing the movie and realizing the pure beauty of the area, I'm definitely considering sending in a postcard to try to get in next year. What can it hurt right? Based on what I've seen and heard, technically the course isn't very tough (for an east coaster) but the altitude would be the sure killer. Guess it gives Marcy and I an excuse to head out west a month in advance to get some altitude training in!
The movie had a pretty good turnout, especially for a mostly non cycling oriented state and there was a large percentage of the Bikeman.com employee crowd who managed to crawl out of their holes for the evening. Shit, I even ran into our favorite Tour Divide finisher Stephen Gleasner (and an article here).
Good times. If you missed the showing, go to the site and request that they do a second. If they get enough requests they'll put together another showing this winter.