The first thing you’ll notice when looking at the event page for the Wilmington Whiteface 100 is that all distances are in kilometers and meters instead of miles and feet. This appears to be an oddity in a country where 99.9% of race distances and elevations are reported in English units, but being part of the 0.1% is what makes the Wilmington Whiteface a unique event.
Located in the Adirondack Mountains of Wilmington, NY., the venue is closer to the Canadian border than any major metropolitan center in the State.
Without any background knowledge of the venue, it may appear to be a fairly off the grid spot for a Leadville Qualifying Series race, but when combined with the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest, the race will be a high quality qualifier, and the only one held on the east coast. The 100 km race, which is actually 69 miles, is held on Sunday, June 17 as one of many bike events part of the festival.
Last year’s race saw 180 racers and this year race organizers are expecting to double that. With between 70 and 100 Leadville slots available to top finishers and through a lottery, race promoters expect to draw a field from up and down the east coast and even from Canada.
As home to the 1980’s Winter Olympics’ downhill ski competitions, Whiteface Mountain is not lacking in vertical gain and puts the biggest vertical drop east of the Rockies to good use with a series of bike races.
In addition to the 100k qualifier race, which ends with a 2,500 foot climb up Whiteface Mountain, the weekend also features a Pro GRT downhill race, and uphill race, dual slalom, and a Jump Jam and Trials competition.