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Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival set for Labor Day Weekend

August 23, 2019
Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - The town of Wilmington is showcasing its rapidly growing web of mountain biking trails by hosting the third Wilmington MTB Festival from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

The three-day event capitalizes on Wilmington as a hub for over 25 miles of locally-built and rider-maintained single track. The town was recently named one of America's 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns by National Geographic.

The weekend includes on-site camping, live music, local food and craft beer, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, and a kids' mountain bike race. There are guided and self-guided group rides for beginners, intermediates and experts. Shuttles are available for these hour-long to full-day rides.

The trails Wilmington features miles of diverse single track riding at two large trail networks - the Flume and Hardy Road - as well as a screaming 3-mile descent on the Poor Man's Downhill trail; a long, gnarly, backcountry tour on the Cooper Kiln trail, and 2,400 feet of lift-serviced vertical at Whiteface Mountain Bike Park.

Whether you're looking for extreme downhill trails, technical mountain climbs or fast flowing single track, Wilmington is must-ride mountain bike destination.

The town Located in the middle of the Adirondacks, Wilmington is a destination for mountain bikers, hikers, skiers and fishermen, and those wanting to get close to nature. It is replete with gorgeous mountain views, beautiful waterfalls, an ever-expanding network of mountain biking trails and curvy paved roads through a scenic mountain notch.

The organizers The non-profit Barkeater Trails Alliance is the event organizer. These volunteer riders and builders work to develop, maintain and advocate for a diverse, sustainable and interconnected system of trails for ski touring and mountain biking in the greater Adirondack High Peaks Region. In its 10 years, the group has built 75 miles of trails, and is working on 30 new miles of trails to connect Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

Registration on-site camping is available in the Wilmington Town Park, which is serving as the basecamp for the festival.

Pre-registration is the only way to reserve a campsite:

Day passes are also available on-site or in advance on the website.

For a full schedule of events or to register, go to



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