2013 Leadville Trail 100 MTB, CO
August 8, 2013 - August 11, 2013
STEIN OF EVOLUTION BUREAU WINS THE CEO CHALLENGE LEADVILLE 100 MTB RACE
“The Leadville 100 was a challenge of a life time. If you can finish that race, you can accomplish anything… but you better bring your A game.” - Simon O'Leary, Atlas Watersystems.
Daniel Stein, founder and CEO of Evolution Bureau in San Francisco, won the CEO Challenge competition at the 2013 Leadville 100 MTB on Saturday, August 10. Stein not only won the CEO Challenge but he also won a coveted 'gold belt buckle' by finishing the 104 mile mountain bike race in under 9 hours. The Leadville 100 is the world's toughest mountain bike race, taking place in and around Leadville, CO situated at 10,200 feet. The race tops out on Columbine mountain at over 12,000 feet before returning to Leadvlille.
There were 14 competitors in the CEO Challenge event this year, and 4 of them found out just how tough this course is. Two of the CEO competitors didn't make the time cut-off at the Pipeline Aid Station and two finished over the 12 hour limit for a belt buckle.
Competitors in the event enjoyed all the special perks that come with the CEO Challenges program, including a dinner with Leadville 100 legends Dave Wiens and Rebecca Rusch, pre-race strategy sessions, dedicated crew support at aid stations, and camaraderie with fellow CEOs that have a passion for mountain biking.
One of the competitors, Mike Macedonio, President of Referral Institute, stated, “When I signed up for the CEO Challenge it was a way to get into the Leadville Trail 100. What I found was a completely new race experience. The CEO Challenge staff makes sure that you have all the benefits from the race organizers and then enhance it with true VIP treatment. If that’s not enough, you are also socializing with CEOs who are like-minded, driven endurance athletes.”
Simon O'Leary summarized the experience by saying, "On Wednesday I was watching a movie about the Leadville 100. On Thursday I was having dinner with the people in the movie. How cool is that!"
Under 50 Category
- Daniel Stein, Evolution Beureau - 8:51.22
- Bart Miller, Go Fast Web - 9:09.11
- Kevin Pedlow, Susquehanna Actuarial Consulting - 9:10.14
Over 50 Category
- Alden Philbrick, Oxford Finance - 9:34.14
- Mike Macedonio, Referral Institute - 9:52.35
- Tom McAndrews, Tiarna Real Estate Services - 10:41.18
Other CEO Challenge competitors
Kent Killain, Dental Health Associates of Madison - 9:57.39
Matt Fischer, Tampsco Enterprises - 10:05.40
Ken Desgarennes, Zayo Group - 10:13.24
Tony Blank, TB Cap - 11:23.41
Joe Marinucci, Interactive Marketing Solutions - 12:48.32
Simon O'Leary, Atlas Watersystems - 13:12.32
Chip Self, Logic Systems - DNF
Ted Landers, Seaboard Products - DNF
"I had an amazing time this weekend. I was super impressed with how the CEO Challenge was organized and executed." - Daniel Stein
“When I signed up for the CEO Challenge it was a way to get into the Leadville Trail 100. What I found was a completely new race experience. Ted and his staff with the CEO Challenge makes sure that you have all the benefits from the race organizers and then enhance it with true VIP treatment. If that’s not enough, you are also socializing with CEO’s who are like-minded, driven endurance athletes.” - Mike Macedonio, President and Partner, Referral Institute
"CEO Challenges at the Leadville 100 exceeded anything I could have imagined. On Wednesday I was watching a movie about it. On Thursday I was having dinner with the people in the movie. Very cool. In addition, having the house at the finish line made it perfect." - Simon O'Leary
"MANY THANKS for the opportunity to race the Leadville Trail 100 MTB with a great group of CEO Challenge cyclists. I had a wonderful experience! The benefits of having you and your staff available to answer questions and to give me invaluable information and food & treats, etc. was so very helpful to me. And I wouldn't want to forget to mention the bike mechanics that you made available for last minute pre-race needed repairs. Wow, they were fabulous." - Tony Blank
"I thoroughly enjoyed sharing Leadville with you, your staff and the other CEO's. I have been to Leadville in the past with multi-year participants, and so I speak with authority that you guys provided a top-teir experience for even a seasoned Leadville participant. Great events, crewing, maintenance support and support house location. It was a perfect way to do Leadville." - Alden Philbrick
"The pre-race insight provided by past race winners/legends and fantastic race day logistical support provided by the CEO Challenge team were the differences between just simply trying to survive the Leadville Trail 100 and being able to confidently compete on a very challenging course." - Matt Fischer
"Ted- the effort you and Shawna put forth for the CEO Challenge Leadville 100 MTB was appreciated. The entire weekend was well coordinated both on and off the race course. Can’t wait to do another CEO Challenge." - Kent Killian
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