Elizabeth Izzo, of Lake Placid, gives a thumbs up as she crosses the finish line during the Wilmington/Whiteface 50K mountain bike race on June 4. (News photo — Parker O’Brien) WILMINGTON — After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wilmington/Whiteface 50K and 100K mountain bike race returned to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center on Saturday, June 4. With solid weather throughout the day, the race didn’t disappoint.
Around 400 cyclists competed in the 100K race, which counted as one of the seven qualifying races for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in the Colorado Rockies from Aug. 18-19. Around 60 bikers competed in the 50K race.
Ryan Atkins, of Quebec, Canada, claimed the top spot in the 100K race. Atkins rode right past the finish line at 4 hours, 8 minutes, 27 seconds.
“Honestly, I felt good,” Atkins said. “I don’t think I ever felt like I was going that hard on the climbs, but then my legs started twinging. I knew I had to slow down and just conserve.
“It’s weird, I don’t normally cramp, so I don’t know what was going on,” he added. “I definitely had to pump the breaks and chill out a bit. I played it right. I played my cards alright and I’m super psyched to win.” At left, Emily and Caitlin Delaney ride down Whiteface’s Mixing Bowl during the Wilmington/Whiteface 50K race on June 4. (News photo — Parker O’Brien) Emile Hamm, of Ontario, Canada, took second place in a time of 4:09:06, […]