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2012 Adventure Race Guide: Northeast

Make this the fittest and most adventurous year of your life with these challenges.

Whiteface 5K Downhill Mountain Bike Race

Whiteface is one of the biggest ski resorts in the country, but when the snow is all gone in the summer, the slopes are taken over by mountain bikers. The annual 5K DH race is a test of toughness and endurance. It starts with a trip up the hill in the gondola, which is scenic enough to be worth the trip in itself. The serenity ends at the top, though. Once the buzzer goes of, you have more than three miles of steep, rocky terrain to navigate on your mountain bike before you get to the bottom. The trails range from extremely technical sections to wide open fire roads where you can hit speeds that would terrify most people if you're willing to let off the brakes a bit. They have plenty of bikes and, more importantly, protective equipment there for rent so you won't need your own rig to race. Once you're done with your run, you can watch some of the best riders in the world take to the course and take note of their expert lines for next year. Once the racing is over, you can check out the rest of the Lake Placid area, which is extremely scenic in the summer, and it's much easier to see when you're not going 35 mph on your mountain bike. Get more information at Downhillmike.com Go back to the Northeast Adventure Race Guide >> Go back to the map >>

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