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WILMINGTON — Team Placid Planet has announced plans to host two cycling races in June. The 2nd annual Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race will be held on Saturday, June 13 and the inaugural Saranac Lake Downtown Criterium the following day, Sunday, June 14. Both races are sanctioned by USA Cycling and provide opportunities for men, women and youth — including first-time racers — to participate.

The Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race will start at the Wilmington Town Park and take Bonnie View Road to a 13.7-mile loop on back roads in the town of Black Brook before returning via Bonnie View Road and finishing 1.6 miles up Whiteface Mountain near the Santa’s Workshop entrance. Race distance will range from 12 miles for 10-14-year-old Juniors, to 41.2 miles for less experienced and first-time racers, and 68 miles for top-level amateur and professional racers. The course features scenic views, rolling terrain, and a finishing climb that will challenge all riders.

The inaugural Saranac Lake Downtown Criterium is a shorter event designed for sprinters and spectators. Racers will complete from 12 to 50 laps of a three-turn, .55-mile loop around Main Street, Broadway, Dorsey Street, and Route 3. The course will prove to be fast, technical and exciting to watch.

More information, including registration information and volunteer opportunities, can be found on the Team Placid Planet Web site at www.teamplacidplanet.org or by e-mailing race@teamplacidplanet.org.

Also keep in mind that Placid Planet hosts an eight-mile time trails series that starts May 6 and runs until June 10.