Monday, June 10, 2013

Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest This Weekend

WBF_FINALThe three-day celebration of two wheels, the Annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest, will roll into the Lake Placid region once again from June 14-16. 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, the “Poor Man’s Downhill race, beach party, food games, lives music, a “best calves” contest and the 12th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race.

On Sunday, hundreds of cyclists will hit the roads, back country roads and trails during the Wilmington Whiteface 100k (WW100) mountain bike race. Cyclists from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada hope that this event will qualify them for one of 70 to 100 spots in the prestigious Leadville 100 (LT100).

The weekend begins on Friday, when spectators can see incredible stunts, jumps and tricks at the Jump Jam and Trials exhibition at the Wilmington Bike Park. New this year, the grand finale will feature local riders demonstrating their skills on their home track, led by KC Brousseau and Chris Heywood, and showcasing the two-wheeled trickery of Sam Perkins, originally from Lake Placid, Evil Elias Ingraham, the resident professional downhill mountain biker at the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, and Taylor Wright-Sanson, a professional unicyclist who was born in the Adirondacks.

Friday’s events continue with the 3rd Annual Welcome Party, featuring music, raffles, prizes and the competitive “Best Calves” contest – all located at the Cloudspin Lounge at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

Saturday, June 15 features the 12th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race beginning at 8:00 a.m. This road race up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is part of the BUMPS (Bike Up the Mountain Point) series that comprises ten races on mountains of the Northeast, on courses of varying lengths and pitches.

The day also includes a vendor expo, music, food, children’s activities and demo bikes, as well as free group rides and the “Poor Man’s downhill” sponsored by The Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA). All are welcome as the day rounds up with a Bike Fest Beach Party (5 pm, Lake Everest Beach, Wilmington) with live music, food and contests. Saturday evening

Sunday’s action features the 3rd Annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100k Mountain Bike Race, (WW100) which takes place with a shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. The 100k race is a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) mountain bike race.

For mountain bikers who like high elevation racing on the most rugged of terrain, the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) is the holy grail. As one of the most well-known mountain bike races, getting into the Leadville Trail 100 has always been difficult. One way to get in is by racing in one of the six LT100 Qualifiers across the country, each offering 100 total qualifying starting positions.

The 69-mile WW100 begins and ends at Whiteface, but in between the grueling race will take the fields through some of the region’s most challenging cycling terrain that include twisting jeep and gravel roads, back country trails and demanding hill climbs that measure more than 750 meters each.

From the Olympic mountain, known for having the greatest vertical east of the Rockies, the out and back race will take the cyclists to Route 86, the Fox Farm Road, Springfield Road, Hardy Road, Bartlett Road, Lacy Road and Limkiln Road before reaching Route 9N. From 9N, the race’s most demanding and technical terrain and climbs await the field, as they peddle through Styles Brook Road and the Jay Mountain Road ahead of Carlott Road and Blood Hill Road. From there, the field makes its way to Roscoe Road, Bronson Lane, Blueberry Hill and out to Lord Road before returning to the Flume Trails and Whiteface Mountain. Once at Whiteface, two, three-mile finishing loops and a pair of 350-foot climbs await ahead of the finish line.

Aid stations will be located approximately every 20km along the course (20km, 40km, 60km, 80km, finish). Each aid station will be stocked with Gu Energy Gels, Gu Chomps, Water, Electrolyte drink, fruit, and light snacks.

The race’s top-three WW100 finishers in each division will be awarded spots to the LT100, 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, and a newly-established TEAM class which will consist of two-member teams each riding the 50K course. Registration is now available for the Wilmington Whiteface 100K.

Also on Sunday, High Peak Mountain Adventures will be presenting an area cycle tour, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Sign up and meeting location for the cycle tour is at the Vendor Village at Whiteface Mountain.

“Collectively, the Bike Fest events serve to highlight some of the greatest road and mountain bike terrain in the Adirondacks – right here in the Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain region,” Randy Preston, Supervisor of the Town of Wilmington, said in statement sent to the press.

For more information about the weekend’s events, and to register contact the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center at 518.946.2255 or email: [email protected] For more information about the region and events updates, visit www.whitefaceregion.com.

A complete PDF with event details can be downloaded online.

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