Early bird registration is open until July 31 at summitchallenge100.org/route-registration/. Entry fees allow persons with disabilities to ride for free and also support National Ability Center programs. For more information, contact Julia Rametta at 435-200-0990 or juliar@discovernac.org.

The Summit Challenge -- named the 2012 Event of the Year by Cycling Utah -- offers three different course lengths: 102 miles, 52 miles, and 18 miles. All cyclists are fully supported throughout the rides as they weave through stunning mountains and soak in beautiful country views in Wasatch and Summit counties. Riders receive a swag bag that includes an event T-shirt and other items, plus lunch and live entertainment at the Summit Challenge Event Village throughout the day.

"We anticipate having 30 veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project and another 100 persons with disabilities participate in this year's ride," said Gail Loveland, National Ability Center executive director. "This is more than just a bike event. It is a way for people to share their love of bike riding with others and show their support for individuals who benefit from National Ability Center programs and services."

Riders also participate by forming teams and gathering supporters to help raise awareness and funds for programs at the National Ability Center.


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The community also plays a big role. Corporate sponsorships are available and volunteers are needed at rest stops, Loveland said.

There will be a three-mile demonstration loop, kids' activities, cycling vendors, and much more.

"The Summit Challenge is one of our favorite rides. I was touched by the opportunities it gives to riders with disabilities," said Dave Itis, Cycling Utah editor. "Riding and talking with them made me appreciate the Summit Challenge that much more. It was our Event of the Year in 2012, and it should be yours this year!"