Wilmington, N.Y. - Are you UP for this? The 13th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race climbs to the top of the events calendar on Saturday, June 21.
This USATF certified course runs 11 miles with an 8 percent grade up New York’s 5th highest mountain. The race begins with an 8 a.m. start at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and ends at the Castle at the top of the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway.
Though the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway will be undergoing construction over the next year, the current projects are limited to the roadsides and culverts, leaving the race course unaffected.
“I have traveled up the Highway several times recently, and have been amazed by the number of cyclists riding the course in training for the race,” said Michelle Burns, operations manager at the Whiteface Visitors Bureau, which organizes the race as part of the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest weekend. “This year, we’ve sweetened the pot and added a ‘Whiteface Challenge’ category for those who take on both of the two big races.”
The special “Whiteface Challenge” category has been added for cyclists entering both the Uphill Bike Race and the following day’s Wilmington Whiteface 100K, a Leadville qualifier. The overall combined winner from both races will receive $500 cash.
The race is also part of the BUMPS (Bike Up The Mountain Point Series) that comprises ten races on mountains in the Northeast. The BUMPS is the only series of its kind in America – a series that recognizes the talents of riders who do the hardest thing in cycling, climb steep hills. The series comprises ten races on nine mountains of the Northeast, on courses of varying lengths and pitches. Any rider who enters a BUMPS event will automatically be entered into the overall series points standings.
For those who seek records, the male record to beat is Timothy Ahearn at 52:45:05, and the female record to beat is held by Marti Shea at 56:03:73.
Registration and packet pickup will be 4-9 p.m. Friday, June 20. Last minute packet pickup will be available from 6:30-7:30am the day of the race. Note that there will be no race day registrations. Riders are encouraged to come on Friday and take advantage of all the other activities offered as part of the Bike Fest weekend! The Awards Ceremony, along with race lunch, will take place at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.
For more information, visit whitefaceregion.com or contact the Whiteface Visitors Bureau at 518.946.2255. To register, visit https://www.bikereg.com/whiteface-mountain-13th-annual-uphill-bike-race