WILMINGTON — After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wilmington/Whiteface 50K and 100K mountain bike race returned to Whiteface Mountain Ski Center on Saturday, June 4. With solid weather throughout the day, the race did not disappoint.
About 400 cyclists took part in the 100 km race, which was one of seven qualifying races for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in the Colorado Rockies from August 18-19. Around 60 bikers took part in the 50 km race.
Ryan Atkins, of Quebec, Canada, won first place in the 100 km race. Atkins crossed the finish line at 4 hours, 8 minutes, 27 seconds.
“Honestly, I felt good” said Atkins. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I was going that hard on the climbs, but then my legs started hurting. I knew I had to slow down and just keep going.
“It’s weird, I don’t normally have cramps, so I don’t know what was going on,” he added. “I absolutely had to pump the breaks and relax a bit. I played well. I played my cards well and I’m super excited to win.
Emile Hamm, of Ontario, Canada, was second in 4:09:06, while Mathieu Blanger-Barrette, of Quebec, Canada, clocked 4:09:47 in third.
Regina Legge, of Salem, New Hampshire, was the first woman to cross the finish line in the 100 km race. Legge clocked 4:56:02 to finish 49th overall.
Lindsay Webster, of Quebec City, Canada, took second place in the women’s 100K in 5:07:39, and Anja Meichs, of Belmont, Massachusetts, followed in third place in 5:10:18.
In the 50 km race, two locals took the first places on the podium. Curtis Howard and Elizabeth Izzo of Lake Placid won the men’s and women’s races respectively.
“I felt amazing. I felt really strong and I felt like I could really climb, which is my favorite,” Izzo said.
Howard completed the course in 1:55:10, while Izzo finished in 2:10:51.
For Izzo, the victory marked her second consecutive victory after winning the event in 2019. Two years ago, she finished in 2:09:25.
“I never expect to win. It’s always a fight to win it, but I’m excited. Izzo said.
Deidre Cullen (2:21:15) of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Megan Cea (2:27:21) of Peekskill finished second and third respectively in the women’s 50k.
Lake Placid natives Caitlin and Emily Delaney finished the race together in 3:14:24. The pair are tied for eighth place.
On the men’s side, Jerry Hughes (2:01:53) of Hopkinton, Massachusetts took second place and Patrick Robinson (2:03:52) of Ringwood, New Jersey completed the podium in third.
Brian Delaney of Lake Placid clocked 2:35:10 for 15th place in the men’s category.