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Route detours, closures announced for Tour of Wilmington Whiteface Weekend

May 31, 2018
Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - This weekend, June 1-2, as many as 1,000 road and mountain cyclists will converge upon the town of Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain to compete in the Tour of Wilmington Whiteface Bike Race weekend.

The two-day event features the 17th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race and the eight annual Wilmington Whiteface 100K MTB (WW100).

Racing begins Friday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m., with the uphill race. Sections of state Route 86 will be closed to all vehicle traffic when 300-plus road cyclists begin their 8-mile trek up Whiteface Mountain. Beginning at 5:10 p.m., Route 86, from the ski center to the intersection of Route 431 will be closed for approximately 30 minutes as the racers go up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans' Memorial Highway. Residents of the highway are asked to be vigilant when entering and exiting the route at the time of the race.

Then on Saturday, June 2, a field of 500 or more mountain bikers take part in the WW100, beginning at 7 a.m. from the base of the Olympic mountain.

Using highways to reach the course's dirt roads, cyclists will peddle down Route 86, turning right onto Fox Farm Road then right onto Springfield Road, and continue to the Bartlett Road, over to Keene, Jay, Lewis, and Elizabethtown before returning to the Olympic mountain.

At 7 a.m., and lasting for about 15 minutes, Route 86 to the Fox Farm Road, will be closed to all traffic. Fox Farm Road will open to local traffic only from 7 a.m. until the end of the race at approximately 2:30 p.m. Springfield Road, from Fox Farm Road to Bartlett Road will also be open local traffic only starting from 7 a.m. to the end of the race.

Finally, a one-mile stretch from the Hardy Road to the Springfield Road side will be available to local traffic, while on the return, Route 86 will be one way traffic from Fox Farm to the Flume parking lot.

Residents and spectators are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists as they make their way up New York State's fifth highest peak from the corner of Route 86 and 431. Residents with questions are encouraged to call 518-946-2255.

Officials ask people to use extreme caution when entering the highways during any of these two events. Residents with questions are can call 518-946-7179.



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