Team Placid Planet’s first running of the Wilmington-Whiteface Race Weekend on May 31 and June 1, an event that incorporated the inaugural Wilmington Circuit Race and the 7th annual Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race, was a big success in the view of the approximately 200 cyclists who competed.
The first day’s circuit race was contested on a deceptively tough course around Wilmington in cool, but otherwise perfect, weather.
Steve Francisco of Williston, VT and the Dealer.com Cycling Team took first place in the Pro/Category 1/2/3 race, the top class men’s race, finishing the 57 miles in a time of 2:10:46, and Emma White of Delanson and the Hot Tubes Junior Development Cycling Team took top honors in the Women’s 1/2/3 race, finishing the 39 mile course in 1:48:07.
The White family had a typically successful day, with Emma’s brother Curtis White, like his sister, a multi-time national champion, finishing fifth in the men’s race riding for the CCB Racing Team, and younger brother Harrison, 13 years old, taking third place in the Boys 15-16 race riding for Bayhill Capital presented by Corner Cycle.
Top North Country finishers included:
Nick Seleni of Saranac Lake (Team Placid Planet) with a 2nd place and Jason Amoriell of Peru (also Team Placid Planet) with a 4th in the Men’s Category 4/5 event, Bruce Beauharnois (Peru/Farm Team Elite Cycling) with 3rd in the Men’s Category 3/4 event, Rosanne Van Dorn (Lake Placid/Farm Team Elite Women’s Cycling) with 4th in the Women’s 1/2/3 race, Bridgette Deeney of Henderson (Team Placid Planet) with 2nd in the Jr. Girl’s 15-18, Susanna Piller of Keene (Finkraft Cycling Team) with 1st in the Masters Women 40+, and Donna Moody of Lake Placid (Team Placid Planet) with 2nd in the Masters Women 50+. Bill McGreevy of Wilmington and Team Placid Planet, one of the race’s organizers, placed 5th in the Men’s Masters 50+ race and Colin Delaney of Lake Placid (High Peaks Cyclery) was one of the animators of the Men’s 3/4 race, riding for four of the five laps in a two-man breakaway.
Racing continued Sunday in the Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race, which is renowned for its very hilly, challenging, and scenic course in Wilmington and Black Brook with a finishing climb to Santa’s Workshop on the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway. 180 cyclists from all over the Northeast and New England plus Ontario and Quebec took the starting line, many with tired legs from the circuit race. Saturday’s winner Emma White (Delanson, NY/Hot Tubes) won the top women’s event, the 55-mile Category 1/2/3 Women, on a solo breakaway in 3 hours and 3 minutes, finishing over a minute and a half ahead of her competitors. In the top men’s field Tim Mitchell of Ashland, MA, and CCB Racing took first in the top men’s race, the Pro/Category 1/2/3, after work by his teammates including Emma White’s brother Curtis and second-place finisher Kai Wiggins (East Greenwich, RI) helped free up the national-level time trialist for a solo effort. He finished the 81 grueling miles in 3 hours 44 minutes, over two and a half minutes up on second place.
Top North Country finishers were Rosanne Van Dorn (Lake Placid/Farm Team Elite Women) with 2nd place in the 1/2/3 Women; Leif Nordgren (Olympic Training Center/Carmichael Training Systems) with 2nd in the Men’s 4/5 field; Nick Seleni (Saranac Lake) and Jason Amoriell (Peru); both riding for Team Placid Planet, in 11th and 12th in the same field; Susanna Piller (Keene/Finkraft Cycling) with 1st in the Master’s Women 40+; and Donna Moody (Lake Placid/Placid Planet) with 2nd in the Master’s Women 50+.