In every race, athletes push themselves to their limits. Maybe even the limits of human abilities. But one race sticks out in my mind as just plain crazy/awesome:
For those of you who don't know, Whiteface Mountain is home to a world-class ski area, downhill mountain biking mecca, hiking trails, weather observatory, and a toll road. On top of that, it's the 5th highest peak in New York State!
Somewhere along the way, someone decided it would be great fun to ride a bike from the base of the ski area to the top, along the toll road which climbs over 3,500 feet.
Let me repeat that: OVER three thousand five hundred feet!
The course runs 11 miles with an average grade of 8%. EIGHT PERCENT. That's enough to make even the most grizzly trucker pucker.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, "Dan, that's crazy talk. I would never do that."
And I'd agree with you. But for the people that compete in the race, it's a unique challenge. And it will make any hill climb you try to conquer on your road bike look like child's play.
You may cry, "But Dan, I want to experience the majesty, but I don't want pedal my bike up that mountain!"
And again, I'd agree with you. Luckily, we have 360° spins of the race that are so fantastic, your calves will burn just looking at them! Click through the pictures below and "experience" a one-of-a-kind race!
Maybe you're thinking, "Hey, I think I'd like to try that!" Well, good news, dear reader! You can register right here on our event page!
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