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Name: Peter Lambros
500 Mile Class: 2015
City: Missoula, MT
Occupation: Caffe Dolce / Real Estate
How Long have you been a mountain bike racer? Five Years
What got you interested in mtb racing? Actually, The Butte 100! Butte brought together two things I’d become fixated on, distance and climbing.
Beside the Butte 100, what are some of the other events you compete
in? 24 Hours Round the Clock, and some local stuff
What positive effects has competing had on other aspects of your
life? Health! My path on a bike has literally been my path to rising above a history chronic back/joint issues. My health and mobility are at levels that I could have scarcely imagined earlier in life. Also, I think the mental fitness that comes from endurance / competition is something to draw upon in demanding roles in life, be it running a business or raising a family. And then there is simply the joy of riding trails, and having the friendships that have come from the racing community.
How many hours a week do you train? I do something 4-5 days a week for an hour or two. I’m lucky to have good climbs out my back door. In the months leading up to an event, I try to work in a distance day (5-10 hrs) in weeks that I can. It doesn’t all fit! But like everyone–it’s being deliberate about priorities, and having a spouse that puts up with me.
What advice would you give to this year’s Butte 100 racers? Training: Find the longest hardest climbs you can and do them over and over. Racing: As told to me by friend an mentor Kiefer Hahn: 1. Focus on interim goals (i.e. the next aid stop), 2. Look up, take in the beauty, and enjoy the day, 3. Say Hi to other racers and volunteers, and 4. Stay hydrated
Any other comments you’d like to make? I saw a hand-painted sign on a tree during last year’s Butte 100 on one of the soul-searching, late-in-the-day climbs that said “You Could Be Golfing”. That cracked me up.