Bicycle road races set in Lake Placid and Wilmington

LAKE PLACID-Team Placid Planet will host the fourth Annual Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race on Saturday, June 11, and the third Annual Saranac Lake Downtown Criterium (NYS Criterium Championships) on Sunday, June 12. Both races are sanctioned by USA Cycling, the national cycling sanctioning body, and provide opportunities for men, women, and youth of a variety of experience levels as well as first-time racers to participate.

The Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race starts at the Wilmington Town Park and takes Bonnie View Road to a 13.7-mile loop on back roads in the town of Black Brook before returning to Wilmington and finishing 1.6 miles up Whiteface Mountain to the Santa's Workshop entrance. Race distances range from 12 miles for 10 to 14-year-olds, to 27 miles for first-time adult female, 41 miles for first-time adult male racers, 54 miles for experienced male and female racers, and 82 miles for elite male racers. The course features excellent pavement, scenic views, rolling to hilly terrain, and a challenging finishing climb.

The Saranac Lake Downtown Criterium is a multi-lap event designed to be spectator friendly. The course is a three-turn .55 mile counterclockwise loop around Main Street, Broadway, Dorsey St, and Rt 3: fast yet safe, technical, and exciting to watch.

More than $4,600 in cash and merchandise prizes, medals and trophies will be awarded. A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to local charities in Wilmington and Saranac Lake. Both of these communities are most gracious hosts for the races, and the organizers and the club are very grateful for this.

Registration is online at BikeReg.com or on site on race day. More information, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can be found at http://www.teamplacidplanet.org/Our-Race/Our-Race-Weekend or by emailing jameslwalker3@yahoo.com.

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