Herbalife24 Basecamp at the Leadville 100 is back

Herbalife24 Basecamp is back again this year for the Leadville 100 trail race - also  known as the " race across the sky."

Nate Whitman will be running the Herbalife24 Basecamp from start to finish and has competed in the Leadville 100 trail race for the past decade.  He's a very experienced mountain trail biker and has finished in the top ten on numerous occasions in this race.

The Leadville trail race starts on the weekend of 11 August.

Nate says about the race“Leadville is the measuring stick that all 100 milers are put up against. I’ve got a special relationship with the race, having stumbled upon it some ten years ago and grinding my way through those early finishes, to now placing in and around the top ten. I’ve learned some valuable lessons in all of those races, and look forward to helping riders prepare for the 2012 edition.”

Follow the Leadville 100 trail race 

Nate uses Herbalife 24 Sports Range, click here to register and see prices

Best 3 Riders in the Top 20 for Team Herbalife 24 at the Leadville 100

Team Herbalife 24 - best 3 riders in the top 20 at the Leadville 100 were:

Gerry Cody who came in 10th position, Nate Whitman had his best time ever crossing the line in 19th position, knocking 19 minutes off his best time and Nathaniel English came in at 20th position. 

Well done to everyone that took part in this gruelling race !

Riders discuss the most challenging parts of the race in the video below. 

Full Leadville 100 results

Nate Whitman Endurance Cyclist for Team Herbalife 24 is Interviewed before the Leadville 100

Nate's 10th attempt at the Leadville 100 - he's chasing the much desired giant 1000 mile buckle, let's hope he gets it - come on Team Herbalife !! 

The official on-course drink at Leadville is Herbalife 24 Prolong. It has a subtle, easy-to-drink flavour, plus provides all the carbohydrates and electrolytes your body needs to sustain during a race like Leadville.

If You Are New to Endurance Events like the Leadville 100 Trail You’ll Be Wondering What To Eat

New to endurance events, wondering what to eat for the Leadville 100 - here is a guide written by Dr John Heiss Ph.D. the Director of Sports and Fitness at Herbalife

While individuals often have personal preferences, here is a quick guide to what to eat during an endurance event like the Leadville trail 100 mile mountain bike race or a marathon.

Nearly everyone that starts Leadville has logged the training hours to complete the race.  Those who don’t finish typically suffer from dehydration and improper nutrition during 10 + hours race.  Bloating, nausea, upset stomach, cramping and bonking are no excuses.  Here are 5 endurance nutrition tips to maximize your chances of not only finishing but racing to your potential.

  •  Early and often.  Whatever you eat be sure to eat early and often during competition.  Waiting until you are hungry puts you dangerously close to bonking and inevitably effects performance for the worse.

  • Carbs are king.  There is no myth about “carbo-loading.”  Carbs account for the vast majority of the energy used by the muscles.  Most sports drinks contain some form of sugars which is a good thing.  Recent research indicated a combination of carbohydrates may work best – e.g. maltodextrin (a very rapidly metabolized glucose polymer) and fructose rather than just maltodextrin or just sucrose alone.

  • Keep the tank full.  For longer events especially at Leadville, I recommend 200-250 calories per hour.  Some people (Pro-cyclists, larger men) can accomodate up to 400 calories per hour.  The average 10-hour finisher at Leadville does 150W (remember, it’s at 10,000 feet!) which equates to about 550 calories/hour meaning they will burn about 5,500 calories during the race.  Hence, it’s essential to keep eating whatever you can to keep the gas tank full.

  • Electrolytes.  Electrolytes are important for preventing cramps, support proper muscle function, regulate pH, enhance hydation and facilitate carbohydrate update.  Most sports drinks claim electrolytes – but read the fine print – many sports commissions recommend 500-100mg of sodium/liter during exercise.  Look for well-absorbed electrolytes like sodium citrate.

  • Protein is good.  Protein is still controversial for inclusion in sports drinks.  Most of the studies only look at time-trial simulations between 60-90 minutes and the researchers don’t see significant differences in performance  But we all know, true athletes train day-after-day and need to recover quickly.  It’s quite clear that protein consumption during exercise helps to prevent muscle breakdown and speeds recovery.  During a long event like the Leadville, many racers have great success consuming some protein.  The key here is some.  Look for a drink with a high carb-to-protein ratio, ideally close to 10:1.  Too much protein can cause bloating and research shows protein isn’t well metabolized during exercise – so keep the carbs high and the protein low.

    The official on-course drink at Leadville is Herbalife 24 Prolong. It has a subtle, easy-to-drink flavour, plus provides all the carbohydrates and electrolytes your body needs to sustain during a race like Leadville.

Herbalife 24 Set Up Base Camp for the Leadville 100 Endurance Race

Herbalife 24 have set up base camp for the endurance cyclists taking part in the Leadville 100 endurance race also know as "The race across the sky".  The race is held annually on the dirt roads near Leadville, Colorado, through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The first race was in 1983 which had only 45 runners, the Leadville Race Series now stretches over 3 months with thousands of  endurance athletes taking part on foot and in the saddle.

If you plan on being in Leadville anytime between now and race day on August 13, and you’re interested in finding out more about the Leadville 100’s official on-course endurance drink, make sure to stop by the Herbalife 24 Basecamp, located just off the main drag on Third Street.

You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the Herbalife flags flying out front of an historic 1870s-era house. Inside, visitors have a chance to sample the entire Herbalife24 performance nutrition product line, including Prolong, which is specifically designed to sustain athletes during extended or intense exercise — ideal for the Leadville 100 !

If you’re looking for a group ride or some pro advice on the Leadville Trail 100, this is the place to be.

The official on-course drink at Leadville is Herbalife 24 Prolong  

It has a subtle, easy-to-drink flavour, plus provides all the carbohydrates and electrolytes your body needs to sustain during a race like Leadville.