The 2016 Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest is slated for June 3 - 5
With a mix of uphill, downhill, serious competition, and family fun, the 7th annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest is set for June 3 to 5. The weekend begins on Friday, when spectators enjoy incredible stunts, jumps, and tricks at the Jump Jam and Trials exhibition at the Wilmington Bike Park, followed by the “official” welcome party, which features music, raffles, prizes, and the famous “Best Calves” contest.
The 15th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. The day includes a vendor expo, music, food, children’s activities, demo bikes, free group rides, and the “Poor Man’s Downhill.” All are welcome as the day winds down with a Bike Fest Beach Party that includes live music and food.
Sunday’s action features the 6th annual Wilmington Whiteface 100k Mountain Bike Race, which takes place with a shotgun start at
7 a.m. The 100k race is a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race.
The Leadville Trail 100 is the holy grail for mountain bikers who like high elevation racing on rugged terrain. 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 of which offers 100 total qualifying starting positions.
From start to finish, the Wilmington Whiteface 100 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 takes competitors up, down, and twisting through gravel roads, backcountry trails, and climbs that measure more than 750 meters each.
Cyclists who may not be ready for the full Whiteface Wilmington 100 can also compete in the 50K event or the TEAM class, which will consist of two-member teams each riding the 50K course.
For more information about the weekend’s events, and to register, contact the Whiteface Visitors Bureau at (518) 946-2255, or hit the pictures below for more information on the individual events. Ready to register? Hit the buttons and we'll see you on the mountain!