2nd Annual Whiteface Downhill Mountain Bike Race Set For Sept. 2

Aug 24, 2007
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
Whiteface Mountain, among the most challenging ski and ride mountains in the nation, will host its second annual downhill mountain bike race – a five kilometer competition - on Sunday, September 2.This NORBA-sanctioned event (National Off-Road Bicycle Association), part of the Gravity East series, will carry a $5,000 pro purse. There will be several thousand dollars additionally in bike-related merchandise for the top three finishers in each amateur class. Category 1 points on the USA Cycling calendar will be awarded.

The Whiteface Downhill 5 Kilometer Mountain Bike Race will present the longest downhill race in the east, with 2,476 vertical feet from the top of

Little Whiteface. Last year’s pro winner, James Ford of Chappaqua, N.Y., needed over six and a half minutes to conquer Whiteface. Most downhill events require less than three minutes.

Whiteface hosted the alpine skiing events during the 1980 Winter Olympics as well as the ski and ride competitions in the 2000 Winter Goodwill

Games. The site remains a yearly stop for World Cup freestyle skiing and World Cup snowboarding.

“This race course starts off at over 40 miles per hour and then disappears into some of the best, naturally challenging downhill single-track anywhere,” said race director “Downhill” Mike Scheur. “This course rocks.”

The race course will be marked one week prior to the event, and available for training leading up to September 2.

Participants can register at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1400467 until midnight September 1 for just $28. Thereafter, registration will take place on September 1 at Whiteface from 8 am – 4:30 pm, and September 2 from 8 am – 9:45 am for $35.

Interested participants can check out bike and stay packages, beginning at $59 per person including lift ticket, at www.downhillmike.com. The website also offers specific race info, videos and photos.

Cross country and advanced downhill mountain biking will be available to the general public on September 2 as some trails will be closed for the race. Normal operating hours from 10 am – 4 pm will be in effect.

An awards ceremony will be held after 3 pm, preceded by a professional trials show by Giant Bicycles and Lake Placid’s Sam Perkins.

Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) concessionaire, Centerplate, will serve food and beverages throughout the day.

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 * Our numbers are up over 250% in the last 2 years.

* No advertising budget and all mountain biking operations were taken over completely by 2 downhillers.

* Sorry, but we are trying and have a world class race coming up in a few days.

* We had over 100 on opening day this year with no lift lines.

* Ladies days this year are averaging 15.5 women on a Saturday.

* 2,476 feet of vertical, 20 to 30 minute dh runs, 5.2 million dollar gondola, killer Olympic Village and beautiful mountains.

Very awesome now and in the next few years you will see this Olympic Mountain grow to it's full potential.

Downhill Mike
Size does matter!
& my numbers are accurate!
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 hey mike i would loved to have come up and raced there this weekend but i shattered my heel this past sunday racing at plattekill. just wanted to say good luck with your event im sure it will be awesome!! hopefully some of me mates will be there this weekend to show there support
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 Lake Placid has tons for the non bikers and the forecast for the Friday thru Monday is stellar.
The temp will be an awesome 74 degrees outside.

Stuff for the non bikers in Lake Placid:

How about a 30 foot cliff diving spot at the end of the trails?

hiking, horseback riding, water skiing, golf (5 courses in town), relaxing by a lake, fine dining (many choices), a really nice main street, backpacking, shopping, bob sled or luge ride, watch aerealist train at the jumping complex, visit several Olympic attractions, museum, movies, swimming, scenic airplane ride, scenic sea plane ride, drive the memorial hwy to the top of Whiteface Mountain, watch the race from the upper mountain (with a discounted lift ticket), ice skating (inside of course), float down the Ausable river in a tube at Ausable Chasm, canoeing, kayaking and much much more.

I just noted some of things they could do off the top of my head.

Lake Placid is a summer resort area with at least 10 times more people and things to do in the summer than the winter.

When I moved here from Buffalo I thought L.P. was a winter destination. Winters are quiet around these parts. Summers are non stop, action packed fun.

Downhill Mike
Size does matter

www.lakeplacid.com for more on l.p.
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 Pro results:

Men's pro:
1st place mens pro: Derrick Nobman 7:34.2
2nd place mens pro: Gerrit Beytagh 7:34.7
3rd place mens pro: Chris Heath 7:37.2
4th place mens pro: Kyle Hickey 7:49.1
5th place mens pro: Ben Moody: 7:51.6
6th place mens pro: Leif Lorenzen: 7:53.2
7th pace mens pro: Heikki Hall: 8:00.7
8th pace mens pro: Lee Trumpmore: 8:01.7
9th place mens pro: Erik Hudson 8:02.2
10th place mens pro: Lars tribus: 8:02.9

Women's pro:
1st pace women's pro: Karen Eagan 9:24.8
2nd place women's pro: Dawn Borque: 9:36.7
3rd place women's pro: Alexis Wruble: 10:43.0
4th place women's pro: Amy Sheridan: 10:55.3
5th place women's pro: Kathi Krause: 11:33.6
6th pace women's pro: Katrina Strand: 11:55.9

All amateur and the rest of the pro times will be posted asap.

Thanks to all that helped make this a great race.

Downhill Mike
Elias Ingraham
Whiteface Mountain Bike Park
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 sorry but.... I hate this mountain Razz during the season it is REALLY not good for riding...Theres maybe only 5 riders there on a sunday
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 could it be that you "hate this mountain" simply because its a little to difficult for you? Yes, I think so. Not enough balls to come and throw down the hammer on the 2nd. That's ok you can go hit your local park and let those that really ride come and take the podioum. Props to DHMike and his crew. Keep the faith.
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 are you joking this mountain is awsome and it is good for riding i go there practially every day and theres at least ten people there on the bad days
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 whiteface is awsome but its on labor day weekend so that would be a long ass drive for me so i'm not gonna make it.
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 Hey man, i plan on being there...
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