Watch ‘From the Ground Up’: 3 Novice Cyclists to Attempt the Leadville 100

Today marks the launch of the From the Ground Up project, a six-part video series that documents novices on the road to the Leadville 100.

In “From the Ground Up,” two Pearl Izumi crew members — Ryan Petry and Alexey Vermeulen — take on the task of guiding three novice cyclists through the Leadville 100 MTB.

The Leadville 100 is one of the most iconic bike races in the West — the out-and-back course covers 104 miles and climbs above 12,500 feet.

The three novices Pearl Izumi selected were individuals whose “lives were positively impacted by the bike through COVID-19,” wrote the brand. Meet the riders: Roberta Nuñez, 30, an ICU nurse; Enzo Moscarella, 34, a fixie owner and artist; and Shawna Anderson, 47, a high school special ed teacher.

From the ground group of riders
From left: Ryan Petry, Enzo Moscarella, Shawna Anderson, Alexey Vermeulen, and Roberta Nuñez; (photo/Avery Stumm)

The novice riders trained for 5 months. And you can track them as the Leadville 100 MTB race starts this weekend on August 14.

“What happens when three ordinary people receive a new Canyon Exceed mountain bike and an entry for the epic Leadville 100-mile race?” teased Canyon. Let’s find out.

Watch the first episode now, or the full series as it premieres online. Here’s when each episode will launch:

  • Episode 2: August 25
  • Episode 3: September 8
  • Episode 4: September 20
  • Episode 5: October 6
  • Episode 6: October 20
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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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