Wilmington, N.Y. — Are you up for this? The 14th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race will be held on the faster, newly resurfaced Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
This USATF certified course travels 11 miles with an 8 percent grade up New York’s fifth highest mountain. The race begins with an 8 a.m. start at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and ends at the very top of the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway.
The race is also part of the BUMPS (Bike Up The Mountain Point Series), which is ten races for riders who do the hardest thing in the sport of cycling: climbing steep hills. The BUMPS is the only series of its kind in America. The series comprises 10 races on nine mountains in the Northeast, on courses of varying lengths and pitches. Any rider who enters a BUMPS event will automatically be entered into the overall series points standings.
“Riders are encouraged to come on Friday and take advantage of all the other activities offered as part of the Bike Fest weekend!” said Michelle Preston, operations manager at the Whiteface Visitors Bureau, which organizes the race as part of the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest.
The special “Whiteface Challenge” category has been added for cyclists entering both the Uphill Bike Race and the following day’s Wilmington Whiteface 100K, a Leadville qualifier. The overall combined winner from both races will receive $500 cash. In addition this year, Clydesdale (men over 190 lbs.) and Filly (women over 140 lbs.) categories have been added. Tandem, unicycle, Clydesdale and Filly times will be tallied separately from the age group categories.
For those who seek to beat the standing records on the smoothed-out course, the male record to beat is Timothy Ahearn at 52:45:05, and the female record to beat is held by Marti Shea at 56:03:73. The Whiteface Uphill Bike Race Awards Ceremony, along with a race lunch, will take place at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.
Registration and packet pickup will be 3-8 p.m. Friday, June 5. Last minute packet pickup will be available from 6:30-7:30 a.m. the day of the race. Note that there will be no race day registrations. Cyclists may call 518-946-2255 and register over the phone until 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4.
For more information, visit whitefaceregion.com or contact the Whiteface Visitors Bureau at 518.946.2255. For more information about the BUMPS series, visit www.hillclimbseries.com. To register, visit https://www.bikereg.com/whiteface-mountain-14th-annual-uphill-bike-race.
Check out this 360-degree photo of the 2014 finish!