Cycling in the Adirondack Mountains

The Whiteface Region is home to countless miles of beautiful country roads, perfect for road cycling during your unforgettable Adirondack vacation. There are so many miles and combinations of roadways for riding, it’s impossible to get to them all in a single visit to the area. Whether you're training for one of the area's races, want to challenge yourself on steep climbs in the mountains, or enjoy a more casual ride through picturesque valleys, there is a route here for you.  

Plan a biking vacation in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks is the ideal place for your next cycling vacation. Heading out of Wilmington in any direction will yield a fantastic road cycling experience with many options and varying degrees of difficulty to choose from. To the west, riders can climb over the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain and eventually arrive in Saranac Lake. To the east, riders gradually descend into the Ausable Valley. To the north, you will find the seldomly-driven roads of Taylor Pond and Silver Lake. To the south, following the legendary Ausable River through the Wilmington Notch, lies the village of Lake Placid.

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Peak performance and the most scenic training rides

If competition is your cup of tea, you’ve come to the right place. The Whiteface Region plays host to many road cycling events each year.

The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Road Race is a unique event that draws riders from all over the northeast annually. This climb takes riders 3,647 vertical feet from the start to just below the summit of New York's fifth-highest peak. There is also an annual road race hosted by Team Placid Planet that takes riders on a beautiful circuit along Silver Lake Road, which offers some of the best views in the area.

The internationally famous Ironman Lake Placid also comes through the area on its 112-mile course each July. Ride the Ironman loop for the wonderful scenery, and don't worry if you'd rather take your time.

Whether you are signing up, supporting your friends, or just spectating, these events are great reasons to visit the Whiteface Region. With a beautiful set of roadways surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, you'll experience an Adirondack biking vacation and adventure unlike any other.

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