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Wilmington Mountain Bike Fest starts today

August 31, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - The second annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival will be held from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2.

The celebration features on-site camping, live music, local food and beer, bike demonstrations, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, a children's race and more than 25 miles of single-track riding.

The festival village is located at the Wilmington Recreation Park on Springfield Road.

Article Photos

Max Fey takes part in the first-ever Kids MTB Race at the Hardy Road trails during the 2017 Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, which will be held from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. This year’s Kids MTB Race begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

Mountain bikers can ease into the action on Friday with registration and check-in from 3 to 7 p.m. and a Hardy Hour group ride on the popular Hardy Road trail system from 5 to 8 p.m. A welcoming party will be held at the Pourman's Tap House with live music from 7 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday morning, registration and ride sign-ups will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Guided and self-guided group rides will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with shuttles offered throughout the day. There will be beginner, intermediate and expert options available with time limits between one hour and a full day. Professional clinics will be held at the festival site.

On Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., visitors are invited to relax in the festival village, try out the dirt jumps or swim at the town beach. Live music starts at 6 p.m. at the Wilmington Town Park with local band Lostdog and then Fully Completely Hip, a Tragically Hip tribute band. Live music is free and open to the public on Saturday night.

On Sunday, registration and ride sign-ups will start at 8 a.m., and group rides will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kids MTB Race on the Hardy Road trail system starts at 10 a.m. Shuttles for the Poor Man's Downhill - a 3-mile downhill trail - will run from 1 to 5 p.m.

Alternate self-guided rides will be available from 1 to 4 p.m.

The cost for registration for the full weekend for an individual is $100 with camping and $50 with no camping. For a family (two adults with kids for free), it is $200 with camping and $100 with no camping. A day pass is $35 for an individual and $60 for a family, per day.

For more information, including a full list of group rides, call the Whiteface Visitors Bureau at 518-946-2255 or visit online at



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