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From World Cup to Recovery, Windham Cleans up After Irene

Windham, New York, during Irene. Photo: Nick Bove
Windham, New York, during Irene. Photo: Nick Bove

Windham Mountain Resort, the host of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup just weeks ago, is beginning recovery efforts stemming from the devastating tropical storm Irene, which hit the area last week.

Race coordinator Nick Bove said “90 percent” of retail buildings were destroyed. Thousands of volunteers along with business owners and the National Guard are pitching in to help shovel mud and structural remains throughout the community, Bove said.

Lori Torgersen, also a race coordinator, said the main village of Windham was hit very hard. “It looks like a war zone,” Torgersen said, “The National Guard is everywhere.”

Torgersen and Bove said the community’s passion for the World Cup is the same spirit it brings to returning Windham to its glory. Several of the race organizers and staff were affected by the storm. The community is focused on getting the town back in shape for now, with hopes of the ski area being ready for winter.

There is no assessment of the damage on Windham Mountain; it should be several more days before crews check the condition of trails and ski runs, which likely were hit just as hard as the rest of town.

Aaron Gwin on his way to the win at Windham in July. Photo: © Frank Bodenmüller

Even through the hardships, spirits are high in Windham, and organizers fully expect the World Cup to be back next year better then ever.

Togersen said the community is “absolutely determined” to get back on its feet.

To help the recovery efforts, please visit www.windhamrebuild.org or www.mountainbikersforwindham.org. You can also send a check to WARF at:

61 Route 296
Windham, NY 12496.

Please indicate the check is intended for flood relief.

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