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Lindine wins Leadville qualifier

— Justin Lindine (New Salem, Mass.) was the first rider to cross the finish line, taking top honors in the second annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100K mountain bike race (WW100) held Sunday, June 17, at Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington. Lindine completed the 69-mile long race in four hours, 19 minutes, 15.97 seconds.

The finish earned the pro cyclist his second trip back to the Leadville 100 MTB (LT100), where he was 28th overall last year.

“This was an awesome race and competing here has been a goal of mine all season long,” said the winded Lindine following the race. “I wanted to go back to Leadville, so winning here was a sure way of doing that.”

Last year’s inaugural WW100 race measured 57 miles, but an additional 12 miles were added to this year’s event, which featured a combination of single track, dirt and paved roads, jeeping trails and back country roads.

“The race and the distance felt a lot like Leadville,” remarked the women’s first place finisher Rebecca Rusch (Ketchum, Idaho), who has won three times in Leadville. “All the way through it’s a super tough course, especially when you get to the ski resort, all the ups and downs are challenging.

“It’s really a good course, a great town and the people are so supportive.”

Rusch completed here race in 5:02:28.29 and was 21st overall. The out and back course took the field of 358 cyclists through the northern New York towns of Wilmington, Jay, Keene, Lewis and Elizabethtown before returning to the Olympic mountain for a final climb of 2,500 feet. The cyclists also tackled two additional mountain climbs, Jay Mountain and Saddleback Mountain, not once, but twice and both of these climbs were more than 750 meters apiece.

“Fortunately for me this is my type of course,” added the men’s second place finisher Dereck Treadwell (Laurens, N.Y.), who was clocked in 4:22:22.56. “I do pretty well on the climbs and I seemed to handle the uphills here pretty well, I think it’s because of my running and triathlon background.”

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