Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest Set for June 13-16
WILMINGTON, N.Y. — The Wilmington/Whiteface 100K (WW100) mountain bike race has been described by some as grueling, rugged, intense, ultra-challenging and by others as sadistic. But for the past two years, mountain bikers have been flocking to Wilmington, N.Y. to compete in this race and perhaps earn a qualifying spot in the prestigious Leadville 100 (LT100). On Sunday, June 16, cyclists will once again visit the upstate New York community, which sits in the shadows of the Olympic mountain, and try to tackle one of the most demanding LT100 qualifying events.
From start to finish, the WW100’s course is as varied as the cyclists competing from the eastern United States and Canada. The race both begins and ends at Whiteface Mountain, but in between, the 69-mile long race will take competitors up and down and twisting through jeep and gravel roads, back country trails as well as climbs that measure more than 750 meters each. All of this is before two, three-mile finishing loops and a pair of 350-foot climbs at Whiteface ahead of the finish line.
Awaiting the top cyclists will be a spot in LT100, the Holy Grail of mountain bike races. Between 70 and 100 spots will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division, while the remaining spots will be distributed based on performance and a lottery system. Racers who do come away with qualifications will have the opportunity to race in either this year’s LT100 or next year’s.
Cyclists who may not be ready for the full WW100 can also compete in the newly added 50K event. Added to this year’s race, organizers hope that the 31-mile long race will attract more racers, who might someday race in the full 100K.
Additionally, the organizers are offering a newly established TEAM class which will consist of two-member teams each riding the 50K course.
“The Town of Wilmington is excited that not only is the Leadville qualifier returning, but that the 50K race has also been added,” said Town of Wilmington supervisor Randy Preston. “This further enhances our bikefest weekend, which is turning into a fantastic, family fun filled weekend for the competitors and family alike.”
Both the 100K and 50K races are a part of the June 13-16 fourth annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest. The bikefest is designed to promote and showcase cycling opportunities in and around Wilmington.
This year’s festival will feature a beginner, instructional mountain bike program, the popular jump jam, a “poor man’s” downhill, beach party, food games, lives music, a “best calves” contest and the 12th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race.
The uphill race, which is part of the northeast Bike Up the Mountain Points Series (BUMPS), will be contested on the morning of Saturday, June 15,which allows racers to compete in both events. The course takes cyclist 11 miles up the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway, a 3,500-foot climb to the summit of New York State’s fifth highest peak. To register for the Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race, log onto www.bikereg.com.
“For a long time we considered ourselves the ‘hidden gem’ of cycling,” stated Preston. “I don’t think that we can consider us that anymore. The bikefest, uphill race and the WW100 have helped to establish this area as one of the premier cycling destinations anywhere.”
Registration is now available, https://register.bazumedia.com/reg/form?eventID=2181, for the Wilmington Whiteface 100K. The entry fee is $70 for solo riders, $120 for two-person relay teams and $105 for a tandem bike.
The WW100 is the only LT100 qualifier in the northeast United States and is the third event in the four-race qualifying series. Other races that make up the Leadville Qualifying Series include the Austin Rattler, April 13; the Silver Rush 50 MTB, July13; and the Tahoe Trail 100K, July 20th. The Leadville 100 is slated for Aug. 10.
For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/WilmingtonBikeFest?ref=ts&fref=ts, or http://www.whitefaceregion.com/. Twitter #WWBikeFest.
— ORDA —
Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speed skating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.