FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kim Rielly, director of communications
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism
518.637.6559 | @krielly
Wilmington, NY - The Adirondack mountain resort town of Wilmington is showcasing its rapidly growing web of mountain biking trails by launching a new mountain biking festival Sept. 1-3, 2017.
The three-day event capitalizes on Wilmington as a hub for over 25 miles of locally-built and rider-maintained single track. The town was recently named as one of America’s 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns by National Geographic.
The weekend includes on-site camping, live music, local food, craft beer, swimming, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, and a kids’ mountain bike race. There are guided and self-guided group rides for beginners, intermediates and experts. Shuttles are available for these hour-long to full-day rides.
The idea for a kids’ race in the festival was hatched by a group of local kids, who pitched the idea to the Wilmington town board. Visit their Facebook page to check out the logo they created: https://www.facebook.com/Hardy-Kids-MTB-Race-109610259654737/.
On-site camping is available in the Wilmington Town Park, which is serving as the basecamp for the festival. Pre-registration is the only way to reserve a campsite: http://www.wilmingtonmtbfestival.com/registration.html. On-site registration is available at the festival on Sept. 1; however, organizers cannot guarantee camp sites will still be available. For those who are interested in attending the festival but are not camping, lodging options can be found here: http://www.whitefaceregion.com/stay/lodging. Day passes are also available on-site or in advance on the website.
For a full schedule of events, go to wilmingtonmtbfestival.com.
Wilmington features miles of diverse single track riding at two large trail networks - the Flume and Hardy Road - as well as a screaming three-mile descent on the Poor Man's Downhill trail; a long, gnarly, backcountry tour on the Cooper Kiln trail, and lift-accessed riding at Whiteface Mountain Bike Park. Whether you're looking for extreme downhill trails, technical mountain climbs or fast flowing single track, Wilmington is must-ride mountain bike destination.
Located in the middle of the Adirondacks, Wilmington is a destination for mountain bikers, hikers, skiers and fishermen. It is replete with gorgeous mountain views, beautiful waterfalls, an ever-expanding network of mountain biking trails and curvy paved roads through a scenic mountain notch. With the world-renowned Ausable River slicing through it, Wilmington is popular with fly fisherman and for those who want to get close to nature. The town is easily accessible, and surprisingly affordable.
The non-profit Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is the event organizer. They work to develop, maintain and advocate for a diverse, sustainable and interconnected system of trails for ski touring and mountain biking in the greater Adirondack High Peaks Region.