Written by Dave Leikam Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00
The Summit Challenge is a ride that is put on by the National Ability Center in Park City and is just one of many events they host throughout the year. The National Ability Center’s mission is to provide opportunities for people of all abilities to have a quality outdoor experience which includes cycling, skiing, climbing, archery, water skiing, sled hockey, and the list goes on. Individuals and their families are encouraged to take part in these activities together to enhance the experience and to strengthen relationships.
This was the second year that I have participated in the ride with my co-workers at Boeing. In my opinion, this is the hardest of the century rides in my home state of Utah. The hundred mile route includes several relentless climbs with a total elevation gain of 6,800 feet. One of the steepest climbs I have ever seen is on this route. This year I chose the 50 miler which still includes a fair amount of climbing at 3,100 feet and much of that comes in the last ten miles. I went into the ride without having trained much, but felt like the 50 was going to be fairly easy. I felt good for about 43 miles, but that last climb did me in. After struggling for an eternity to reach the top of the climb, I did finally make it to the finish.
Thanks to the ride organizers and all of the participants. This is truly one of the best organized and run events I have ever participated in. I’ll be back next year. If you are interested in the NAC and what they do, check them out at this link.
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