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    Whiteface 5 K DH 9-2-07. $5,000.00 cash purse +

    Second Annual Whiteface Downhill Mountain Bike Race Set For Sept. 2

    WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Whiteface Mountain, among the most challenging ski and ride mountains in the nation, will host its second annual downhill mountain bike race – a five kilometer competition - on Sunday, September 2.

    This NORBA-sanctioned event (National Off-Road Bicycle Association), part of the Gravity East series, will carry a $5,000 pro purse. There will be several thousand dollars additionally in bike-related merchandise for the top three finishers in each amateur class. Category 1 points on the USA Cycling calendar will be awarded.

    The Whiteface Downhill 5 Kilometer Mountain Bike Race will present the longest downhill race in the east, with 2,476 vertical feet from the top of

    Little Whiteface. Last year’s pro winner, James Ford of Chappaqua, N.Y., needed over six and a half minutes to conquer Whiteface. Most downhill

    events require less than three minutes.

    Whiteface hosted the alpine skiing events during the 1980 Winter Olympics as well as the ski and ride competitions in the 2000 Winter Goodwill

    Games. The site remains a yearly stop for World Cup freestyle skiing and World Cup snowboarding.

    “This race course starts off at over 40 miles per hour and then disappears into some of the best, naturally challenging downhill single-track anywhere,” said race director “Downhill” Mike Scheur. “This course rocks.”

    The race course will be marked one week prior to the event, and available for training leading up to September 2.

    Participants can register at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1400467 until midnight September 1 for just $28. Thereafter, registration will take place on September 1 at Whiteface from 8 am – 4:30 pm, and September 2 from 8 am – 9:45 am for $35.

    Interested participants can check out bike and stay packages, beginning at $59 per person including lift ticket, at www.downhillmike.com. The website also offers specific race info, videos and photos.

    Cross country and advanced downhill mountain biking will be available to the general public on September 2 as some trails will be closed for the race. Normal operating hours from 10 am – 4 pm will be in effect.

    An awards ceremony will be held after 3 pm, preceded by a professional trials show by Giant Bicycles and Lake Placid’s Sam Perkins.

    Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) concessionaire, Centerplate, will serve food and beverages throughout the day.



    -Chevrolet is the official vehicle of Whiteface and Gore Mountains-



    -ORDA-
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    * The weather forecast is looking great making this great for racers & spectators.

    * We just got a discount for spectators choosing to ride the Cloudsplitter Gondola at $5.00 off the regular gondola price of $16.00.

    * Of course if you choose to walk up there is no charge but Whiteface is a big mountain if you want to check out the top of the course.

    * To get the required coupon you must go to: www.downhillmike.com and go the page for the Whiteface 5 K DH (coupon should be on the site by 8-27-07).

    * There is so much to do in Lake Placid for the non bikers in your group. This is the site of the 1980 & 1932 Winter Olympics. You can ride the bobsled or luge, watch snowboarders and skiers launch into the pool at the jumping complex, killer main street w/ tons of restaurants, nightlife, etc.

    See ya at the race
    Downhill Mike
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