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Wilmington to host first Leadville 100 qualifier

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 27, 2011, 20:32 BST,
Updated:
April 27, 2011, 21:48 BST
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Race:
Leadville 100
The view from near the summit on the Whiteface/Wilmington 100K course.

The view from near the summit on the Whiteface/Wilmington 100K course.

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Race will finish atop Whiteface Mountain

The town of Wilmington, New York, will host one of three qualifiers for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race.  The race on June 19 will provide 100 qualifying spots allocated partially on the basis of age-group performance and partly by lottery among finishers.

"The Town of Wilmington is very excited to be hosting the Wilmington/Whiteface 100k," said Randy Preston, Town of Wilmington Supervisor.  "As a national caliber event, it will bring the best of the best from the competitive mountain bike set to the Northeast. We are anxious to show the world what mountain biking in the Adirondacks is all about."

This Adirondack qualifier will traverse 100 kilometers of back country trails in the towns of Wilmington and Jay and will finish on Whiteface Mountain.

The event's schedule coincides with the annual Wilmington Bike Fest, which includes the Whiteface Uphill Bike Race, which will be held on Saturday, June 18. Wilmington/Whiteface 100K participants are invited to "warm up" by riding in the mountain bike division that is being introduced this year; a five-mile race to the top of the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway.

"The event is a perfect fit for the destination, as it supports the Whiteface Region‘s brand as a biking destination, and will increase visitor activity during the typically slower shoulder season," said James McKenna, President of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB. 

"This is another event that resulted from the cooperative partnerships that were cemented in order to successfully host the Empire State Winter Games. Kudos to the staff at the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) who facilitated the connection with the event organizers that ultimately brought this event to Wilmington." 

The Leadville Qualifying Series races will include races in the Adirondacks, Sierra Nevadas and the Rockies.  The other two qualifiers will be held in North Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, on July 10 and Crested Butte, Colorado, on July 31.

"Besides the opportunity to qualify for the Leadville Trail 100, these races will be superb opportunities to celebrate the sport of mountain biking," said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports.

For more information on the Leadville Qualifier Series, visit leadvillequalifiers.com.

For more information about the region and Whiteface Bike Fest, visit whitefaceregion.com.
 

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