Life Time is planning to launch the Life Time Grand Prix for elite cyclists with six races in 2022, including both new and established events like Big Sugar Gravel and the Leadville Trail 100 MTB.
Twenty Men and 20 women from a range of disciplines will compete for a $250,000 prize purse at the end of the series. The series will culminate with a $250,000 prize purse to be split evenly between men and women. Prizes will be awarded up to tenth place, based on a point system. At the conclusion of the Life Time Grand Prix, riders’ five best finishes from the six possible events will be tallied, giving the competitors a choice to skip an event or ride all six and take the points from their best performances. The riders with the most points at the end of the series will be the winners.
“After many years of declining participation, we’re experiencing a groundswell of growth, in both amateur and professional field sizes, especially in our gravel and mountain bike events,” said Kimo Seymour, president of media and events at Life Time. “Through the Life Time Grand Prix, we are excited to offer an opportunity for professional cyclist to achieve their potential domestically, and for fans of cycling to be able to engage with those athletes.”
2022 Life Time Grand Prix Series Schedule
April 7-10: Life Time Sea Otter Classic, Monterey, California
June 4: Garmin UNBOUND Gravel presented by Craft Sportswear in Emporia, Kansas
July 9: Crusher in the Tushar presented by The Creamery in Beaver, Utah
August 13: Leadville Trail 100 MTB in Leadville, Colorado
September 17: Chequamegon MTB presented by Trek in Cable, Wisconsin
October 22: Big Sugar Gravel in Bentonville, Arkansas