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Cyclists compete at inaugural Wilmington-Whiteface race

WILMINGTON The weather and an army of volunteers cooperated to make Team Placid Planets inaugural Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race a success. The event was held Saturday June 21st. Cyclists began congregating at the Wilmington Town Park at 7:30 a.m., and the first racers came to the starting line at 9:00 a.m. with the final racers speeding off at 12:45 p.m. The event was open to men, women, and youth cyclists and offered races in several fields and distances. A 12.5 mile race was offered for Club Jr. boys and girls in 10-12, and 13-14 age divisions. 41.2 mile races were held for junior boys ages 15 -18, masters men 45-55, 55 plus, and category (Cat) 5 men. Cat 4 women and junoir women ages 15-18 raced 27.5 miles. Pro and Cat 1, 2, and 3 men raced 68.6 miles, while Cat 3 men also had the option of racing a 54.9 miles with Cat 4 and Masters men 35 and older. Cat 1, 2, and 3 women also raced the 54.9 mile course. Cyclists are ranked into Cats to keep races competitive. The Cat rankings for adult cyclists range from 5 to 1, with 1 being the highest amateur ranking. All race courses headed out of the park to Bonnie View Road. At the end of the Bonnie View Road, the young junior divisions headed back to their finish line at the beginning of the road. All other courses consisted of one to four 13.7 mile loops with a left hand turn onto Silver Lake Road. The loop followed the scenic Silver Lake mountain cliffs for awhile, veering right onto the Turnpike Road and following quiet rolling forested roads before returning to Silver Lake Road at the bottom of a hill in Black Brook. After a long climb back up to the Bonnie View Rd., racers repeated the loop again, or if it was their final loop, they headed down the Bonnie View Rd., regaining their strength on the long downhill before their final 1.6 mile push 1,000 feet up to the finish line in front of Santas Workshop. Prizes were awarded to the top finishers in each category and included hardware, merchandise, gift certificates and cash prizes. The race drew 130 participants from all over the Northeast. Participants did not include members from Team Placid Planet, as they were all pitching in to make their clubs inaugural event a success. All sponsored clubs belonging to the United States Cycling Federation are required to offer a yearly cycling race. This is the clubs 3rd year in existence. All clubs receive a pass their first year, and last year the team met their requirement by helping run the NY State Time Trial Championships in Stillwater. It was a stepping stone to prepare us for this, explained Team Director Jim Walker. He and Co-Director Bill McGreevy were pleased with their clubs first event, which is part of the NY State Cup Series. It was a lot of work, but its been good, McGreevy said. Many racers thanked us and told us they loved the course and that we should hold the race again next year, which we assured them we fully plan to do, Walker said. We are hoping to turn it into a 2 day event next year, McGreevy commented. It will be a staged race with the road race on day one and a criterium on day two. Although their big race is over, Team Placid Planet will be cycling the summer away with many scheduled training rides. New members are always welcome, and membership is free to youth 18 and under. For more information about the club and their events, visit their website at www.teamplacidplanet.org or contact Jim Walker at jameslwalker3@yahoo.com , 873-2413 or 637-6590. Full race results can be viewed at www.bikereg.com.

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