It’s great news that Wilmington will host a qualifying race for the Leadville Trail 100, one of the most prestigious and well-known mountain biking races in North America.
The event will bring in close to 1,000 athletes, along with their families, friends and spectators, who will, no doubt, enjoy all that the Adirondacks and the Olympic Region has to offer.
It’s a huge win for a town that has been working hard to improve its recreational opportunities for both visitors and residents; for a town that has been trying to establish itself as a mecca for cycling in the Northeast — on or off the road.
The Lake Placid News congratulates the Town of Wilmington, home of Whiteface Mountain, for landing such a big event.
It’s also a huge win for the region.
What makes this event important for the region are the strong partnerships it represents — the coalition that made it happen.
The initial correspondence with Leadville race organizers was made by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA then began working with the Town of Wilmington, the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism to make it happen.
With those partnerships comes a wealth of talent, experience and the knowledge of what it takes to bring in such a large contingent of athletes and host another great event.
And like always, what would a good sporting event be without a celebration? It just so happens that Wilmington had already planned to host its second Bike Fest the same weekend. That means barbecues, fun competitions, bike demonstrations and much more. It’s bound to be a great time for the entire family. And the entire region.
It’s a job well done by all the aforementioned groups and organizations that made it happen. Right on.