WILMINGTON - A three-day celebration of two wheels, the annual Wilmington-Whiteface Bike Fest rolls into the region today through Sunday.
The weekend begins today, when spectators will enjoy incredible stunts, jumps and tricks at the Jump Jam and Trials exhibition at the Wilmington Bike Park. New this year, the grand finale will feature local riders demonstrating their skills on their home track, led by KC Brousseau and Chris Heywood, and showcasing the two-wheeled trickery of Sam Perkins, originally from Lake Placid, Evil Elias Ingraham, the resident professional downhill mountain biker at the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, and Taylor Wright-Sanson, a professional unicyclist who was born in the Adirondacks.
Today's events continue with the third annual welcome party, featuring music, raffles, prizes and the competitive "Best Calves" contest - all located at the Cloudspin Lounge at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.
Justin Lindine of North Salem, Mass. breaks the tape to win last year’s Wilmington-Whiteface 100 mountain biking race in Wilmington.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)
Saturday features the 12th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race beginning at 8 a.m. This road race up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is part of the BUMPS (Bike Up the Mountain Point) series that comprises 10 races on mountains of the Northeast, on courses of varying lengths and pitches.
The day also includes a vendor expo, music, food, children's activities and demo bikes, as well as free group rides and "Poor Man's downhill." All are welcome as the day rounds up with a Bike Fest Beach Party with live music, food and contests.
Sunday's action features the third 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 (LT100) mountain bike race.
For mountain bikers who like high elevation racing on the most rugged of terrain, the Leadville Trail 100 is the holy grail. 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 offering 100 total qualifying starting positions.
Cyclists who may not be ready for the full WW100 can also compete in the newly-added 50K event, and a newly-established TEAM class which will consist of two-member teams each riding the 50K course.
Also on Sunday, High Peaks Mountain Adventures will be presenting an area cycle tour, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up and meeting location for the cycle tour is at the Vendor Village at Whiteface Mountain.
"Collectively, the Bike Fest events serve to highlight some of the greatest road and mountain bike terrain in the Adirondacks - right here in the Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain region," said Randy Preston, Supervisor of the Town of Wilmington.
For more information about the weekend's events and to register, contact the Whiteface Region Business & Tourism Center at 946-2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.