WILMINGTON - A summer shuttle launching this weekend is expected to help this town reinforce its reputation as the "mountain biking capital of the Adirondacks."
The shuttle - which leaves from the newly opened bike shop, LeepOff Cycles, at 5549 state Route 86 - will take mountain bikers up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway to the trailhead of the 3-mile Poor Man's Downhill, which is a mountain bike trail in the summer and snowmobile trail in the winter. It ends at the bike shop.
The shuttle is sponsored by the town of Wilmington and runs for six days this summer, the first and third Sundays of July, August and September: July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 and 17, and Sept. 7 and 21. The shuttle will run continuously from 1 to 4 p.m. each of those days. The cost is $5 per person.
Keith McKeever rides the Poor Man’s Downhill mountain bike trail at Whiteface Mountain Tuesday.
(Enterprise photo — Daniel Cash)
Michelle Burns, operations manager of the Whiteface Business & Tourism Center, said the Poor Man's Downhill is a popular trail with many local mountain bike enthusiasts.
"They like the challenge of doing the downhill, the thrill of it," Burns said.
The shuttle is another piece of the puzzle as a mountain biking mecca for the town of Wilmington. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center has a mountain biking center, and there are a number of trails in the town.
"We have many aspects of biking in Wilmington," Burns said. "We have the road cycling, the mountain biking, the downhill and the wonderful dirt jumps."
For more information about mountain biking in Wilmington, visit www.bikewilmingtonny.com online.