Performance Bicycle Racing Team – Winning Leadville

On August 14, Performance Bicycle Racing Team member Cara Applegate, with her husband Andy Applegate and their tandem mountain bike, lined up alongside 1500 other brave competitors – including current ProTour riders, National Champions, and Olympians – to compete in the 17th annual Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race in Leadville, CO.

The couple’s goals were lofty – to complete the 100 mile race, which climbs more than 10,000 feet at high altitude, in under 10 hours, a time which coincidentally would have won the tandem race in 2008 and 2009.

The riders were greeted with chilly air but clear skies as they took to the start line in the wee hours of the morning; once the sun broke through the last remnants of night it blazed a comfortable path for the remainder of the day.

The duo battled with another tandem team early in the event, suffering a race-threatening mechanical little more than 35 miles in. They repaired the issue quickly without too much time lost; by the midway point the Applegates were able to amass over an 8 minute lead on Jay and Tracey Petervary of Idaho.

The Applegates steadily increased the distance between themselves and their closest competitors, completing the course well under their goal in a time of 8 hours 42 minutes, earning themselves the coveted silver and gold belt buckle given to competitors who finish under 9 hours, as well as 80th place overall. The Petervarys were the second tandem across the line, 27 minutes back.

So congratulations to the Applegates, for winning the tandem division and for setting a goal and then knocking it out of the park!

Next up for Cara: a brief break from the bicycle, having just completed her goal race of the year. Don’t expect this to be the last you hear of her – she’ll soon be storming the cyclo-cross world alongside her teammate Evie Boswell-Vilt on the team’s Focus Mares cyclo-cross bikes!

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3 Responses to Performance Bicycle Racing Team – Winning Leadville

  1. Heads up: Cara and her husband are pictured on the 2010 Race Across the Sky website and in the trailer for the movie. There’s no mistaking that purple jersey.

    • Thanks for the heads up! That jersey is recognizable. Cara and Andy were actually interviewed by the film-making team, so there should be more about their tandem exploits in the movie itself.

    • Shivali says:

      the other guy is right, but face it. disc brakes were made to be low mataeinnnce. you really wont need to clean them very often. just make sure that you occasionally sand down the pads (unless you have scraping rotors ie: avid’s “clean sweep”), and keep the cable length at a comfortable pull for your hands (you can minorly adjust this through the barrel adjusters), and what ever you do, DONT touch the rotors (discs). any oil, especially from your hands, will cause it to lower in performance. if you hear them squeak, when theyre not wet, when braking, then you must clean the rotors. you can do this by soaking them in isopropyl alcohol (get this at walmart), or by cleaning them with automotive brake cleaner (auto shops).References :

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