Like the Leadville Trail 100, the WW100 features mostly dirt roads with about seven miles of singletrack thrown in to keep riders honest. And like Leadville, there is a significant amount of climbing on the out and back course.
After starting at Whiteface Mountain, the course loses a slight amount of elevation before starting on the first climb of the day up Jay Mountain, a 600 foot elevation gain about 6 miles into the course.
After a descent off the other side, racers are faced with the first major climb 12 miles into the race, a 2,500 foot slog up Saddleback Mountain.
After descending the other side, racers are faced with a series of rolling hills before turning around and getting the chance to climb back up all the elevation they just descended. As if climbing the backside of Saddleback and Jay Mountain weren’t challenging enough, the race ends with a 2,500 foot climb up the service roads of Whiteface Mountain before dropping back down to the base. When all is said and done, the course climbs over 10,000 feet in a mere 69 miles.
In its first year in existence in 2011, the course could have been described as a “road race on mountain bikes” but the addition to four more miles of singletrack than last year’s route, organizers have added more technical elements to the course.