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Racing the Leadville 100 on a Belt Drive Wooden Bike

  August 6, 2013

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The Leadville 100 is one of the most grueling single-day mountain bike races in the world. Robert Brudenell will be riding it on a wooden bike. Equipped with Gates Carbon Drive and a 14-speed Rohloff hub, the bike is a project between Brudenell and Connor Cycles, a wooden bike specialist builder in the Denver area. And get this: the bike is built from an ash tree that was hit by a car and had fallen in the median of a road. Even the rims are wooden.

Brudenell is an arborist who collected the tree and worked with Chris Connor to build the frame. Brudenell is riding the Leadville 100 to raise money for a woman diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Watch the video below from Channel 9 in Denver. And see a photo set of the bike here.

Connor Wood Leadville bike motion

Connor Wood Leadville bike on rocks