With a mix of uphill, downhill, serious competition and family fun, the 5th Annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest is set for June 20-22. The weekend will feature the Wilmington/Whiteface 50 and 100K mountain bike races, the 13th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race, a beginner mountain bike program, the popular jump jam with the Krusher Stunt Team, a “poor man’s” downhill, beach party, food, games, lives music, a “best calves” contest, and more.
The bike fest is designed to promote and showcase the variety of cycling opportunities in and around Wilmington which includes the Whiteface Bike Park, the Beaver Brook Mountain Bike Trail System (on Hardy Road), the Flume Trail System, and others.
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 21. 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. Registration for the Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race is available online.
On Sunday, June 22, 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. The Wilmington/Whiteface 100K (WW100) offers an opportunity to earn a qualifying spot in the prestigious Leadville 100 (LT100), the Holy Grail of mountain bike races.
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.
Between 70 and 100 spots will be awarded in the LT100 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 50K event. In its second year, the 50K race is an excellent way for riders to experience the event without having to race the full 100K.
Registration is now available online for the Wilmington Whiteface 100K. The entry fee through May 31 is $90 for solo riders and $180 for a tandem team. Afterwards the registration fee will be $120 for solo riders and $190 for tandem teams.
The 50K fee through May 31 is $75 for solo riders and $145 for a two-person team. Afterwards the cost is $105 for solo riders and $215 for a two-person team to enter the event.
The WW100 is the only LT100 qualifier in the northeast United States and is the second event in the four-race qualifying series. Other races that make up the Leadville Qualifying Series include the Austin Rattler, March 29; the Fire Road, July 5; Silver Rush 50 MTB, July12; and the Tahoe Trail 100K, July 19. The Leadville 100 is slated for Aug. 9.
For more information about the Wilmington Bike Fest follow their Facebook page. Twitter #WWBikeFest.
Photo courtesy Whiteface/ORDA.