2016 Whiteface 100K Course Pre-Ride and Race Prep Camp
Saturday and Sunday May 7-8, 2016
To prepare you to have a successful day in one of the most challenging one-day endurance events in the East – the Whiteface 100K. This Leadville-qualifier race covers 70 miles and over 8,000 feet of climbing on rugged mountain roads and trails in the heart of the iconic High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. Whether you're looking for a ticket to Leadville or not, this race will be one of the great tests of your cycling career. Come race day, you'll be armed with knowledge of the specific demands of the course and have a solid plan for your pacing, nutrition, and general race strategy. We'll also help hone in your final month of pre-race training to ensure the best possible run into race day.
Over the course of two days, you will ride the entire course with at least two professional coaches as your guides. We'll break the full distance into two long, but manageable, rides and leave enough time to cover specific challenges and strategies for how to deal with them. Our rides will have a fully-stocked support vehicle with tech and feed zone supplies. You may also use it to carry any specific nutrition and spare clothing to planned spots on the course.
Saturday evening will feature a home-cooked group dinner with both formal and informal coaching and group discussions. Sunday we'll have more time for discussions with a catered lunch post-ride from 46 Sandwiches in Lake Placid. We want you to have a blast and leave the weekend with tangible improvements in your training and racing skills. You'll be ready to come back in a month and have a great experience on race day.
Saturday May 7
- 10AM – Meet at the Keene Community Center on Church Street in Keene, NY
- Ride the course from Keene to the turn-around in Elizabethtown and back
(42 miles w/ 5000 feet of climbing)
- Post-Ride: Free time to chill and recover with an option to hang out and swim at a local beach
- 5PM – Home-cooked group dinner with coaching session. Bonfire to follow
Sunday May 8
- 8AM – Meet at Whiteface Mountain ready to ride
- This early start is to help prepare for the earlier 7AM start on race day
- Ride from the start/finish line at Whiteface to Keene and back
- Post Ride: Catered lunch and final coaching session
How do I get there?
From Rt 87 (Northway):
Take Exit 30 for Rt 9 North towards towards Keene
Follow Rt 9 North for 2 miles
Bear left onto Rt 73 West and continue for 13 miles
In the town of Keene, bear left on Rt 73 for just a ¼ mile
Church Street will be on your right just after crossing the bridge
From Lake Placid and points west:
From Rt 86, follow Rt 73 East towards Keene for 13 miles
Drive past the first end of Church Street
When the road finally flattens in Keene, Church Street will be on your left
What should I bring?
- A mountain bike in race-ready condition (good tires and well tuned brakes and drivetrain).
Due to the rugged nature of the roads and trails, a cyclocross bike is not a safe choice. Make sure you have gearing to be able to handle 5000 feet of climbing in one ride with steady climbs lasting up to 45 minutes.
- Ride clothing to cover the variable weather conditions and temperatures of the mountains
- Your own specific nutritional needs for 4-6 hours of riding each day and typical recovery.
- Water bottles and/or a camelbak to carry water for at least two hours of riding between feed zones.
- Your regular kit of a spare tube, multitool, pump and/or CO2.
- Spare clothes to change into post-ride.
- Do we really have to say bring a helmet? No-one rides without one.
How hard will we be riding?
This is a group ride, not a race, but we will be doing two very long and challenging rides on back to back days. We will ride as a group, and will split into smaller groups if needed, but it's important everyone can handle the distance riding at a reasonable pace. You need to show up with sufficient training that you won't be running on fumes half-way through the rides.
What's are we eating?
During our rides, we'll have at least two planned feed zones each day. We'll have bars, gels, fruit, water, drink mixes, electrolytes, etc. You'll also be able to send your own spare nutrition along to meet you.
On Saturday evening, one of our coach's family will prepare a home-cooked family-style dinner. We are health-conscious cooks and love to make tasty nutritious food with fresh local ingredients. If you have specific dietary needs, no problem at all. Just let us know ahead of time and we'll have you covered.
Sunday, we'll have a post-ride lunch featuring sandwiches from the amazing 46 Sandwiches shop in Lake Placid. (Link to Menu) We'll take pre-orders from their extensive menu and lunch will be waiting for us when we get back to Whiteface.
Sunday's lunch and Saturday's dinner are included in the registration fees.
Breakfast each day is the responsibility of participants. Like your ride nutrition, think about what you're planning to eat on the morning race day.
Where should I stay?
Here are a few local hotels that are offering discounted lodging for our athletes:
Keene Valley Lodge:
Special pricing: $65-105
Call for reservations and mention your with the camp.
Special Pricing “The 1.5”
(Stay one night, the second is half off)
Room Rates: $70-125
Call for Reservations and mention you're with the camp.
Special Pricing w/ 2 night minimum
Check in Friday, May 6th
Check out Sunday, May 8th
Group Name: WW100 Bike Clinic
Lakeside room w/ 2 queen beds: $159
Lakefront room w/ one king bed: $149
Other excellent lodging:
Keene Valley Hostel
The Adirondack Loj
What if I have more questions?
Fire away and we'll be happy to answer them.