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Wilmington hosts weekend celebration

The Whiteface Uphill race is one of many events during the Wilmington/Whiteface Bike Fest.

The Whiteface Uphill race is one of many events during the Wilmington/Whiteface Bike Fest. Provided by ROOST

— For the third year, bicycle enthusiasts will come to Wilmington to celebrate the sport.

The third annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest starts Thursday, June 14 and continues through the weekend, culminating with the second annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100k, a qualifier for the Leadville 100k later this year.

“We have over 300 riders signed up for the Leadville qualifier,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said. “This is a good event not just for Wilmington, but a strong regional event as the race goes through Jay, Lewis, Elizabethtown and Keene.”

Preston said that the goal has been to make the fest a regional event, which has been helped out by the Leadville qualifier.

“The communities have worked well together and there has been total support from all five,” Preston said.

“I think that our goal is to grow that event into 1,000 entries into the next three or four years,” Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Director Jim McKenna said.

Events

The festival kicks off with the “Fun not Fear” beginner mountain bike clinic on the Flume Trails Thursday. Events on Friday, June 15, include the Jump Jam trials and exhibition at the Wilmington Bike Park from 6 to 8 p.m. and the welcome party at Steinhoff’s Sportsman’s Inn starting at 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 16, kicks off with events at Whiteface Mountain, including the annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race at 8 a.m., kids Bike Fest Dual Slalom at 11 a.m., and regular dual slalom at noon. The second annual Brainless and Chainless Gravity Ride will take place at 4 p.m. starting at Santa’s Workshop, and the Bike Fest Beach Party will start at 5 p.m. at the Lake Everest town beach.

The Wilmington/Whiteface 100k will start at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 17, with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. at Whiteface Mountain. The Whiteface 5K downhill will start at 3 p.m.

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