The Wilmington/Whiteface 100K (WW100) mountain bike race has been described by some as grueling, rugged, intense, ultra-challenging and by others as sadistic. But for the past two years, mountain bikers have been flocking to Wilmington, N.Y. to compete in this race and perhaps earn a qualifying spot in the prestigious Leadville 100 (LT100). On Sunday, June 16, cyclists will once again visit the upstate New York community, which sits in the shadows of the Olympic mountain, and try to tackle one of the most demanding LT100 qualifying events.
From start to finish, the WW100’s course is as varied as the cyclists competing from the eastern United States and Canada. The race both begins and ends at Whiteface Mountain, but in between, the 69-mile long race will take competitors up and down and twisting through jeep and gravel roads, back country trails as well as climbs that measure more than 750 meters each. All of this is before two, three-mile finishing loops and a pair of 350-foot climbs at Whiteface ahead of the finish line.
“This course has it all. I was challenged in so many ways. It was very similar to the LT100 course, but compressed into a shorter distance. This course is hard and serves up a variety of riding experiences, but if an athlete can do well at Wilmington, they are in a position to do well at the LT100,” said Rebecca Rusch, who won last year’s WW100. Rusch is also a three-time world champion endurance mountain biker and four-time Leadville 100 champion.
“It’s an excellent testing ground for your fitness, climbing ability and descending, with fast gravel roads, twisty singletrack, tight trees where you have to watch your handlebars, old carriage routes converted to bike trails that leave you grinning, plus the grand finale up Whiteface mountain that’s a super intense climb and descent… I hope to see you there.”
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