Gorilla Bike Team, Brooklyn Velo Force, Represent at Leadville Trail

This is it. The race of all races. One hundred miles across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. Created for only the most determined athletes. Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet, you’ll be challenged to catch your breath — while the views try to take it away.

Course Description

The 100-mile out-and-back course is in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point, 9,200 feet; high point is Columbine Mine, 12,424 feet. Majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads.



Brooklyn Velo Force to Leadville, CO

Francie, Saul and Midori all did great, even battling serious dehydration towards the end. All are recovered and well.

Here's a recap from Peter Baiamonte, who finished in an impressive 9:59:

"I was trying to go for 9 hours, which is pretty hard, and they give you an even bigger nicer belt buckle if you do it, I got tied up in traffic (1800 people started) and then also had issues with hydration. I finished in 9:59 and am super happy just to have made it."

All are back in New York. Welcome back, you guys! We are so proud of you!



Leadville Practice Climb
Brooklyn Velo Force to Leadville, CO

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Gorilla Fuels Brooklyn Velo Force Racing Team

Maybe you're seen a blur of red-and-black jerseys zip through Prospect Park, or more likely you've seen a pack of cyclists parked in front of the 5th Avenue shop on weekend mornings, fueling up on coffee. For the 2010-1011 season, Gorilla Coffee is the proud primary sponsor of Brooklyn Velo Force , an organization of cyclists dedicated to developing members' racing skills, team tactics, and athletic abilities through participation in racing events. The team races primarily in the New York metropolitan area and in regional races along the East Coast and New England.

This partnership all started when BVF members Chris Barbaria and Peter Baiamonte, who are regulars at the shop, told us they were looking for a new sponsor, as their current sponsor, GQ, was almost over. They said: “We come here after racing. We race all over Brooklyn (and beyond). We would love to wear Gorilla kits. It’s a natural fit!” We couldn’t agree more.

If you see BVF racing by on the streets of Park Slope, raise your coffee cups and whistle in encouragement!

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