Training Bible athlete Jake Peterson continued his WORS success with more good results, a Cat 1 upgrade and a great race at the Midwest Mountain Bike Championships. Jake finished 2nd in his age group and 14th overall in the Cat 1 Championship Race. He wasn’t done though, and set his mind to racing 100 miles at 10,000 feet.
Going into the mountain bike season Jake and I knew he was going to race the Leadville Trail 100 MTB, and that he was going to have a short gap to properly prepare for it. The shorter mountain bike races were his focus and there wasn’t much room for epic training rides with the Midwest MTB Championships at the end of July. Jake’s goal was to finish Leadville, but here at Training Bible Cycling we all knew conquering the Race Across The Sky wasn’t going to be a problem for Jake.
In the month leading up to the race we found a few opportunities between Jake’s busy work schedule and “A” mountain bike races to fit in cringe-worthy Leadville training rides. The rides were long Z2/Z3 rides with epic FTP intervals throughout to mimic the 12,000 feet of climbing Jake would endure at the race. Some of these training rides didn’t go as planned due to unexpected time constraints and bike issues, but to Jake’s advantage he was able to get out to CO a week before the race to help acclimate. He also had TBC coaches, TBC nutritionists and Leadville-conquering TBC athletes providing race prep and race advice so that he was well prepared.
Most unfortunately, Jake had to break in a new bike during the week leading up to the race due to ongoing bike issues. Yikes! He stayed calm, got it done and got an awesome new bike in the process. Jake ended up tackling his first Leadville race in 9 hours and 45 minutes. After the race I encouraged him to hang up his bike and put riding out of his mind during his time off before the start of his cyclocross training. With only a year of bike racing under his belt Jake couldn’t help but set Leadville goals for next year. Crazy kid.
Colorado grabbed hold of Jake and didn’t let go. After Leadville he settled into Golden, CO and he is now going to school in Denver. He recently lined up for his first CX race alongside Jeremy Powers and didn’t even get lapped!
We are proud to call Jake Peterson a Training Bible athlete, and definitely more to come on this kid.