Summit Challenge date set
To demonstrate the tenacity, power and will of cyclists of all abilities, the National Ability Center is hosting its annual Summit Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Summit Challenge is a bicycle road ride that offers three different course lengths: 102 miles, 52 miles and 16 miles, with all proceeds from the event supporting National Ability Center programs and services. All Summit Challenge riders with a disability, which is typically one in every five riders, register and ride for free.
“Featuring typical stand-up road bikes and adaptive hand bikes, the Summit Challenge brings friends and families from all over the nation together to experience the resilience and power of the human spirit through each rotation of the bikes’ tires,” said Gail Loveland, National Ability Center’s executive director. “With support vehicles and variety of routes including our three-mile ‘Discovery Loop,’ this exciting event promises to serve up a challenge for a wide range of cycling levels, ages and abilities.”
All Summit Challenge rides start and end at the National Ability Center, located at 1000 Ability Way in Park City. Cyclists are fully supported throughout the rides as they pedal on paved roads through the mountains and valleys in Wasatch and Summit counties. Riders are rewarded with stunning views of the Jordanelle Reservoir, Deer Valley, Mount Timpanogos and the Uintah and Wasatch-Cache National Forests.
Every rider receives a gift bag, plus free bike tunings by White Pine Touring and Cole Sports beginning at 6 a.m., breakfast from Wasatch Bagel, lunch and beverages from Uinta Brewing and live entertainment at the Summit Challenge Event Village throughout the day. The 102-mile ride begins at 7 a.m., the 52-mile ride at 9 a.m. and the 16-mile ride at 10:30 a.m. Rider entry is limited to 800 people and is likely to sell out. Registration for the event is available online at summitchallenge100.org.
Additional information about the National Ability Center is available at http://www.discovernac.org.
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