Thursday, June 9, 2011

USA Cycling Sanctioned Races This Weekend

Team Placid Planet, a cycling and multisport club based in Lake Placid and the High Peaks Region, will host the 4th Annual Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race on Saturday, June 11th and the 3rd Annual Saranac Lake Downtown Criterium (NYS Criterium Championships) on Sunday, June 12th. Both races are sanctioned by USA Cycling, the national cycling sanctioning body, and provide opportunities for men, women, and youth of a variety of experience levels as well as first-time racers to participate.

More than $4,600 in cash and merchandise prizes, medals and trophies will be awarded. A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to local charities in Wilmington and Saranac Lake.
The Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race starts at the Wilmington Town Park and takes Bonnie View Road to a 13.7 mile loop on back roads in the town of Black Brook before returning to Wilmington and finishing 1.6 miles up Whiteface Mountain to the Santa’s Workshop entrance. Race distances range from 12 miles for 10-14-year-olds to 27 miles for first-time adult female and 41 miles for first-time adult male racers, 54 miles for experienced male and female racers, and 82 miles for elite male racers. The course features excellent pavement, scenic views, rolling to hilly terrain, and a challenging finishing climb.

The Saranac Lake Downtown Criterium is a multi-lap event designed to be spectator friendly. The course is a three-turn .55 mile counterclockwise loop around Main Street, Broadway, Dorsey St, and Rt 3: fast yet safe, technical, and exciting to watch.

Registration is online at or on site on race day. More information, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can also be found online or by emailing

Photo courtesy Pat Hendrick.

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