Looking for some off-road racing this year? The organizers of Unbound and Leadville unveil a packed events calendar for 2024

Life Time Athletic Events unveils 2024 calendar
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Life Time Athletic Events is the brand behind some of the biggest US events in the bike calendar including the monument that is Unbound Gravel and the Sea Otter Classic cycling festival. The full 2024 calendar of events has now been announced, covering mountain biking, gravel cycling, and road across 11 states.

While most people might only pick one or two events for the year, for those that are truly dedicated Life Time has confirmed the return of the Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda race series for its third season. The series will feature seven iconic gravel and mountain bike events in which 60 athletes will compete for an increased $300,000 prize purse.

Registration is now open for many of the events, including the Unbound lottery which closes on the 20th of January, although a good number have already sold out. For the events that are yet to open for registration, Life Time members receive early access registration one week before the registration dates.

For more information about all Life Time athletic events including event registrations, visit my.lifetime.life.

The 2024 Life Time athletic cycling events lineup includes:

  • April 18-21: Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental, Calif. – The world's premier cycling festival complete with competitive racing and recreational tours takes place over four days in beautiful Monterey, Calif. Registration for events and camping is now open. View the full schedule of events here. The Sea Otter Fuego XL race is the first Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda event and is a Leadville Trail 100 qualifier. Registration is now open.
  • June 1: Life Time UNBOUND Gravel, Kan. – The cherished, ultra-endurance bicycling challenge of 25, 50, 100, 200, or 350 miles of tough gravel through the Flint Hills of Kansas. The 2024 lottery results for the XL event were announced on Dec. 20, 2023. The lottery for the rest of the events will take place between Jan. 5-20, 2024. Results will be announced on Jan. 25, 2024. This is a Life Time Grand Prix event.
  • June 29: Life Time Cycling Lutsen 99er, Minn. – This Leadville Trail 100 MTB qualifier is 99 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing. The course is made up of 7% singletrack, 10% pavement, 40% snowmobile/ski trail, 43% Forest Service Road and 100% fun! All distances are now sold out.
  • July 13: Life Time Crusher in the Tushar presented by The Creamery, Utah – An annual favorite for many, this event remains in the heart of cyclists around the country as an ultimate test of endurance. Ride through the captivating landscape of Utah's Tushar Mountains. Registration opens on Jan. 23, 2024. This is a Life Time Grand Prix event.
  • July 7: Life Time Silver Rush 50 MTB, Colo. – Cut the Life Time Leadville Trail 100 MTB in half, remove all the easy parts, throw in technical descents, burning lungs, and wild animals and you'll have a good understanding of what this challenging race entails. Registration is now open.
  • July 20: Life Time Cycling Tahoe Trail MTB, Calif. – Ride through breathtaking pine forests and across breathtaking summits with your choice of a single 50K loop, or two rounds for a chance to qualify for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Registration is now open.
  • July 26-28: Life Time Leadville Stage Race, Colo. – Some say it's more leisurely than the single-day race while others consider it a more difficult challenge as fatigue has time to set in. This race takes you along the famed Leadville Trail 100 MTB route over three days. This event is sold out.
  • August 10: Life Time Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Colo. – Known as the race of all races, you'll need to dig deep into an inexhaustible well of guts, grit, and determination to conquer 100 miles across the high-altitude terrain of the Colorado Rockies. The 2024 lottery results were announced on Jan. 8, 2024. This is a Life Time Grand Prix event.
  • September 14: Life Time Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival presented by Trek, Wis. – Ride amongst beautiful autumn foliage. Each year, thousands of enthusiastic off-road bicyclists take part in this trek descending the towns of Cable and Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin. Registration is now open. This is a Life Time Grand Prix event.
  • September 28: Life Time The Rad Dirt Fest, Colo. – Entering its third year, this eclectic event takes place in Trinidad, Colorado amongst the remote and rugged Spanish Peaks. Registration opens on Feb. 1, 2024.
  • October 13: Life Time Little Sugar MTB, Ark. – Take on the best mountain bike trails that Bentonville and Bella Vista have to offer! 100K, 50K, or 20K courses available that will have your legs burning and heart pumping. This second-year event is a Leadville Trail 100 MTB qualifier. Registration opens on March 1, 2024.
  • October 19: Life Time Big Sugar Gravel presented by Mazda, Ark. – Entering its third year, Life Time designed this course from the ground up to incorporate Northwest Arkansas' beautiful fall foliage while remaining challenging even for seasoned cyclists. There is a 100-mile or 50-mile race distance. Registration opens on March 1, 2024. This is a Life Time Grand Prix event.
  • November 2: Life Time Austin Rattler MTB, Texas – Saddle up for a Texas mountain biking or running favorite. The MTB offers a 20-mile loop course (with the option to do 60 miles as a Leadville qualifier). The run course features 10 miles of singletrack fire roads and granite formations (with the option to do 30 miles as a Leadville qualifier). Registration for the MTB and Run events is now open.
Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg