With a mix of road bike, mountain bike, uphill, downhill, serious competition and family fun, the annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest is set for June 5 – 7, 2015.
The weekend begins on Friday, when spectators will enjoy stunts, jumps and tricks at the Wilmington Bike Park as Krushers Stunt Team, from Montreal, Quebec, return for the free jump jam and trials exhibition. Other events Friday evening include Sam Perkins and Carsinn Wilson performing bike acrobatics. The jump jam will be followed by the popular annual welcome party featuring music, raffles, prizes and the competitive Best Calves contest.
Saturday, June 6, features the 14th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race beginning at 8 am. This road race up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is part of the BUMPS (Bike Up the Mountain Point) series that comprises 10 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 “Poor Man’s downhill.” All are welcome as the day rounds up with a Bike Fest Beach Party with live music and food.
Sunday’s action features the 5th Annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100k Mountain Bike Race, which takes place with a shotgun start at 7 am. 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 is a 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.
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, backcountry trails and climbs that measure more than 750 meters each. All of this ends with a pair of 350-foot climbs at Whiteface ahead of the finish line.
Cyclists who may not be ready for the full WW100 can also compete in the 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. There are entry categories for solo riders, two-person relay teams, and tandem bikes.
“Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain comprise a mecca for outdoor recreation, from skiing and riding to world class fly fishing and cycling,” Randy Preston, supervisor of the town of Wilmington said in an announcement sent to the press. “Together, the Bike Fest events serve to highlight some of the greatest road and mountain bike terrain in the Adirondacks.”
Photo: Competitors reach the top of the Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race, part of the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest (provided by ROOST/whitefaceregion.com).