The annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest will be held on June 3-5, 2016 with a mix of competition and family fun.
The events begin Friday, when Montreal’s Krushers Stunt Team will preform in the free jump and trials exhibition at the Wilmington Bike Park. Other events Friday evening include Sam Perkins and Carsinn Wilson performing bike acrobatics. These will be followed by the annual welcome party featuring music, raffles, prizes and a Best Calves contest.
Saturday, June 4, features the 15th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race. This USATF certified course travels 11 miles with an 8 percent grade up New York’s 5th highest mountain. The race begins with an 8 am start at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and ends at the very top of the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway.
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. The day winds-up with live music and food at the Bike Fest Beach Party.
On Sunday the 6th Annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100k Mountain Bike Race (WW100) will begin with a shotgun start at 7 am. The race is a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100), one of the most well-known mountain bike races.
The WW100 course begins and ends at Whiteface Mountain. In between, the 69-mile long race takes competitors up and down and twisting through rugged roads, backcountry trails and climbs that measure more than 750 meters each, before ending 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 the 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.
The special “Whiteface Challenge” category is offered for cyclists entering both the Uphill Bike Race and the following day’s Wilmington Whiteface 100K. The overall combined winner from both races will receive $500 cash.
For more information about the weekend’s events and to register, contact the Whiteface Region Business & Tourism Center at (518) 946-2255 or email at [email protected] For more information about the Whiteface Region, click here.
Photo of Whiteface Mountain Bikefest provided.