Cyclists converge for race weekend
WILMINGTON – The first running of the Wilmington-Whiteface Race Weekend drew approximately 200 cyclists for the two-day event last weekend. The event combined the inaugural Wilmington Circuit Race with the seventh annual Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race.
Saturday’s circuit race was contested on a deceptively tough course around Wilmington in cool but otherwise perfect weather. Steve Francisco of Williston, Vermont and the Dealer.com Cycling Team took first place in the Pro Category 1/2/3 race, the top class men’s race, finishing the 57 miles in a time of 2:10:46.
Emma White of Delanson and the Hot Tubes Junior Development Cycling Team took top honors in the Women’s 1/2/3 race, finishing the 39-mile course in 1:48:07.
The White family had a typically successful day, with Emma’s brother Curtis White, like his sister a multi-time national champion, finishing fifth in the men’s race riding for the CCB Racing Team. Their 13-year-old brother Harrison took third place in the Boys 15-16 race riding for Bayhill Capital presented by Corner Cycle.
Top North Country finishers included Nick Seleni of Saranac Lake (Team Placid Planet) with a second place and Jason Amoriell of Peru (also Team Placid Planet) with a fourth in the Men’s Category 4/5 event. Bruce Beauharnois (Peru/Farm Team Elite Cycling) was third in the Men’s Category 3/4 event, Rosanne Van Dorn (Lake Placid/Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling) was fourth in the Women’s 1/2/3 race, Bridgette Deeney of Henderson (Team Placid Planet) took second in the Jr. Girl’s 15-18, Susanna Piller of Keene (Finkraft Cycling Team) placed 1st in the Masters Women 40-plus and Donna Moody of Lake Placid (Team Placid Planet) was second in the Masters Women 50+.
Bill McGreevy of Wilmington and Team Placid Planet, one of the race’s organizers, placed fifth in the Men’s Masters 50-plus race and Colin Delaney of Lake Placid (High Peaks Cyclery) was one of the animators of the Men’s 3/4 race, riding for four of the five laps in a two-man breakaway.
Racing continued Sunday with the Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race, which is renowned for its very hilly, challenging and scenic course through Wilmington and Black Brook with a finishing climb to Santa’s Workshop on the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway. One hundred and eighty cyclists from all over the Northeast and New England, as well as Ontario and Quebec took the starting line, many with tired legs from the circuit race.
Saturday’s winner Emma White (Hot Tubes) won the top women’s event, the 55-mile Category 1/2/3 Women, on a solo breakaway in 3:03, finishing more than a minute and a half ahead of her competitors.
In the top men’s field, Tim Mitchell of Ashland, Massachusetts and CCB Racing took first in the Pro/Category 1/2/3, after work by his teammates including Emma White’s brother Curtis and second-place finisher Kai Wiggins (East Greenwich, Rhode Island) helped free up the national-level time trialist for a solo effort. Mitchell finished the 81 grueling miles in 3:44:07, more than two and a half minutes up on second place.
Top North Country finishers were Van Dorn with a second place in the 1/2/3 Women, Leif Nordgren (Olympic Training Center/Carmichael Training Systems) with a second in the Men’s 4/5 field, Seleni in 11th and Amoriell 12th in the same field and Piller first in the Master’s Women 40-plus. Moody took second in the Master’s Women 50-plus.