The Terror What Lurked Outside My Hotel Room

08.9.2013 | 6:29 am

The Delaware Hotel — where I stay every year when doing the Leadville 100 — is a very old hotel, populated with ghosts and some very strange antiques.

This is what is outside my room:

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So now at least I have a new good reason for not being able to sleep when I’m here.


  1. Comment by RB | 08.9.2013 | 7:01 am

    No joke! I saw him as i came down the stairs the other day. Nearly fell down he startled me so badly. Now at least once a night I look out the door to see if he moved.

  2. Comment by Charlie Brown | 08.9.2013 | 7:17 am

    Have a great race! Go fast, be safe!

  3. Comment by cyclingjimbo | 08.9.2013 | 8:26 am

    So much for the jolly old elf notion of Santa. He’s big!

    Good luck to Fatty and all his friends tomorrow. Have a great day.


  4. Comment by steve1123 | 08.9.2013 | 8:48 am

    it’s the Santa from Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas”!


  5. Comment by Davidh-marin,ca | 08.9.2013 | 8:52 am

    @CyclingJimbo I agree he’s big around 6ft. I think ‘Elfin’ is the other guy.

    In fact I’ve heard him called that in races as he rockets up the climbs, SS.
    Elfin Elden…at least that’s what it sounds like.

    Good Luck Fatties!!! Is there a site to track racers?

  6. Comment by Fat Cathy | 08.9.2013 | 9:32 am

    Yikes! That is downright creepy.

    Good luck Fatty, the Hammer, and all the other Fatties doing the race. Race hard, race smart, and keep the rubber side down!

  7. Comment by AKChick | 08.9.2013 | 10:00 am

    @DavidH – you can sign up for the athlete tracker here:

    I’m signing up to track a few folks. GO QUEEN OF PAIN! :) And Hammer, Fatty, Darryl Shoemaker (my coworker), Corinne and Hubby, Doug Way Upstate NY, and anyone else I’ve forgotten.

    Also, that Santa – nightmares I tell you, nightmares.

  8. Comment by AKChick | 08.9.2013 | 10:02 am

    Well, I get the needs more latte in their brain award this morning. The athlete tracker is for the RIDERS to sign up so their results will be posted when they finish. Doh and argh. Sigh.

  9. Comment by AKChick | 08.9.2013 | 10:07 am

    One final comment, they do have a live result tracker that is searchable so we should be able to track everyone there.

  10. Comment by Clydesteve | 08.9.2013 | 11:04 am

    Wait?! You don’t like sleighs?

  11. Comment by daddyo | 08.9.2013 | 12:11 pm


  12. Comment by GregC | 08.9.2013 | 1:41 pm

    Eldon- I know you will make sure your not riding “below capacity”! Crush it!

  13. Comment by eclecticdeb | 08.9.2013 | 3:19 pm

    What the ?????
    That would scare the bajeezus outta me. There HAS to be a back-story. I can’t wait to see how it’s woven into your race report.

  14. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca | 08.9.2013 | 6:13 pm

    @electrideb. You can be sure that poop will be involved!

  15. Comment by Samantha Brown | 09.16.2013 | 6:17 am

    Well these sounds top be a great idea to have Santa outside your room specific if you are spending your winter vacation in one of those hotels offering such kind of activities. Hotel Alexander New York is one stop where they offer such pleasant events.


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