Cycling Whiteface Mountain Wilmington

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Whiteface Mountain - Wilmington

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 8.5 %

Length: 12.6 km

Altitude start: 317 m

Altitude top: 1396 m

Ascent: 1079 m

Maximum: 15 %

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Difficulty ranking world: 768 (all)
Ranking United States: 61 (all)
Ranking Appalachian Mountains: 3(all)
Difficulty score: 125.96 what?

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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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Story by Bill from , Canada, submitted on 22/05/2017 19:59:30
The road must recently have been re-done as the surface is now perfect. 22 May 2017.

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Story by Jimao from , United States, submitted on 19/01/2014
a tough climb! ... more difficult than stats, as mentioned in other comment... and nice views ... but make sure to be up on concentration on the way down: road is very uneven and presents a danger; when I got down and thought back on how I rode down the mountain ... I realized how reckless I had been !

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Story by Tim Liscum from Scottsdale, Az, United States, submitted on 13/09/2012
Whiteface Autoroute Hillclimb

Date November 26, 2009

Temp 40F

Rider Wt 170#

Bike Wt 25#

Gearing 39/27

Wheels 700C w/ Powertap

Time = 1h-7 Mins

Watts/KG = 3.3 W/kg

Ive made this climb 4 times as it was pretty close to my home. All my times were right around 1hr 7mins. Here is some data from one of my climbs. The Watts/MPH is to give an indication on which mile segments are the hardest,(mile 5 & 6).

Mi. Watts MPH Cad Watts/MPH Watts/Kg

1 263 8.5 73 30.9 3.40

2 277 7.5 66 36.9 3.58

3 252 7.3 67 34.5 3.26

4 247 7.0 66 35.3 3.20

5 261 6.3 62 41.4 3.38

6 261 5.7 60 45.8 3.38

7 225 7.0 62 32.1 2.91

7.85 251 6.8 64 36.9 3.25

AVG 254.6 7.0 65 36.7 3.30

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Story by Brian from Newtown, United States, submitted on 01/01/2012
I did this climb several years back, before the roadway was opened to cyclists. The guard let me go up so long as I got back down before the gate opened to the paying car customers. I remember locking into steady 160 bpm heart rate and climbing for 90 minutes. Some great views of Lake Champlain, connecting VT and NY. Descent was great, perfectly engineered road for the way down (WPA). Made it bac down to the gate in time, then back to my wife and the B&B for great pancake breakfast.
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Story by Anthony Lue from Toronto, Canada, submitted on 15/10/2011
August 18, 2011

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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Story by Lance from toronto, Canada, submitted on 05/12/2008
May 10th 2008. Great fun. Beautiful views. Swaety on the way up. VERY cold on the way down. Double punture at start of downhill.
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