WILMINGTON --- Hundreds of cyclists will hit the roads, back country roads and trails during today’s Wilmington Whiteface 100K (WW100) mountain bike race. Cyclists from throughout the northeastern United States and Canada hope that this event will qualify them for one of 70 to 100 spots in the prestigious Leadville 100 (LT100).
The 69-mile race both begins and ends at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. But in between, the grueling race will take the field through some of the region’s most challenging cycling terrain that includes twisting jeep and gravel roads, back country trails and demanding hill climbs that measure more than 750 meters each.
From the Olympic mountain, the out-and-back race will take the cyclists to Route 86, the Fox Farm Road, Springfield Road, Hardy Road, Bartlett Road, Lacy Road and Limkiln Road before reaching Route 9N.
From 9N, the race’s most demanding and technical terrain and climbs await the field, as the cyclists peddle through Styles Brook Road and the Jay Mountain Road ahead of Carlott Road and Blood Hill Road. From there, the field makes its way to Roscoe Road, Bronson Lane, Blueberry Hill and out to Lord Road before returning to the Flume Trails and Whiteface Mountain.
Once at Whiteface, two three-mile finishing loops and a pair of 350-foot climbs await ahead of the finish line.
Aid stations will be located approximately every 20 kilometers along the course.
The race’s top three finishers in each division will be awarded spots to the LT100, while the remaining spots will be distributed based on performance and a lottery system. Racers who do come away with qualifications will have the opportunity to race in either this year’s LT100 or next year’s.
Cyclists who may not be ready for the full WW100 can also compete in the newly added 50K event. Added to this year’s race, organizers hope that the 31-mile long race will attract more racers who might someday race the full 100K.
Additionally, the organizers are offering a newly established TEAM class which will consist of two-member teams each riding the 50K course.
Both the 100K and 50K races are a part of the June 13 to 16 fourth-annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest. The fest is designed to promote and showcase cycling opportunities in and around Wilmington.
This year’s festival will feature a beginner, instructional mountain bike program, the popular jump jam, a “poor man’s” downhill, beach party, food, games, lives music and a “best calves” contest.
The WW100 is the only LT100 qualifier in the northeast United States and is the third event in the four-race qualifying series. Other races that make up the Leadville Qualifying Series include the Austin Rattler April 13, the Silver Rush 50 MTB July13 and the Tahoe Trail 100K July 20. The Leadville 100 is slated for Aug. 10.