Applications Accepted Beginning December 1
Following a successful inaugural year, Life Time furthers commitment to grow cycling fandom in U.S. with second season and $250,000 purse
CHANHASSEN, Minnesota, (Nov. 17, 2022) — Following the successful finale of the 2022 Grand Prix race series at Big Sugar Gravel in Bentonville, Ark., Life Time announces details for the 2023 Life Time Grand Prix.
For 2023, the series will expand to seven races – the last being a ‘Wild Card’ event that will be announced January 11. With this change, athletes will have the option to drop up to two events versus just one last year. Additionally, field sizes will expand to 35 female and 35 male riders, and entry fees will be covered by Life Time. Additionally, doping controls will also be expanded to include more races and athletes. A total prize purse of $250,000 will be allocated to the top 10 female and male riders upon the conclusion of the Series.
- Athletes may apply between December 1–7.
- Life Time will announce the selected 35 women and 35 men on December 15, 2022.
2023 Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda Event Lineup:
- April 22: 100K cross country mountain bike race in the Fuego XL at the Life Time Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California
- June 3: 200-mile UNBOUND Gravel in Emporia, Kansas.
- July 8: 69-mile Crusher in the Tushar in Beaver, Utah
- August 12: 104-mile Leadville Trail 100 MTB in Leadville, Colorado
- September 16: 40-mile Chequamegon MTB in Cable, Wisconsin
- October 21: 100-mile Big Sugar Gravel in Bentonville, Arkansas
- Wild Card event to be announced January 11, 2022
- In 2022, Life Time brought anti-doping procedures to three of its Grand Prix events. This will expand to more events in 2023, with more athletes being tested including riders in the elite fields who are not part of the 70 Grand Prix riders.
2022 Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda Results:
- Canadian XC mountain biker and Olympian, Haley Smith, 29, of Uxbridge, Ontario took first in the women’s category with 138 points.
- Three-time National XC Mountain Biking Championship winner, Keegan Swenson, 28, of Heber City, Utah secured first in the men’s category with 149 points.