Whiteface Mountain New York - Site of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics Downhill Skiing event. Ride starts in Wilmington, New York and finishes near the summit of the mountain.
The Whiteface Mountain is situated in New York. This climb belongs to the Appalachian Mountains.
Starting from Wilmington,
the Whiteface Mountain ascent is 12.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1079 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 8.5 %.
The maximum slope is 15 %.
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Rode up Whiteface Mountain as part of ride which also included one lap of the Ironman Lake Placid route. Did not know what to expect being the first time in Lake Placid and up Whiteface. I knew that stats said 8.5% avg grade, so I thought I was geared properly - 38X26...well I was wrong, dead wrong. Started the climb in Wilmington, I was already well into the first lap of the IMLP route when I decided to go up Whiteface only because I heard how hard it was. The grade kicks up to 10% avg almost right away after the veterans highway sign, I though hey, it only 8.5% so the grade must ease up after a while. WRONG, the 10% grade continues all the way to the park entrance (fee station) and beyond......I was way over geared, my cadence fell to 45-50 rpm but still decided to continue to the summit 8kms away. It took me over 90 mins to get to the summit and the grade did not let up until the last km to the stone gatehouse, WOW, that was a hard climb. Much harder than what the stats read. Superb views of Lake Placid & Mirror Lake!!!! A must do for any hill climber.
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