Monday, August 29, 2011
It was a great success. Thank you for all the riders, those of you who raised money, volunteers who helped make the day a success, vendors for coming to help tune bikes, food vendors for helping replenish energy after long rides, music after the event and the great weather. It was a fantastic day at the National Ability Center.
In the group of riders we had teams of cyclist from town who pulled and drafted with each other over the long 100 mile course, recreational cyclists who wanted a challenge on the 50 mile ride, hancycles, recumbents, tandem bikes and even those riding an event like this for the first time on the 15 mile ride. Overall everyone challenged their abilities and goals.
I think one of the biggest stories of the day was the story of Teague. Teague did the 100 mile course with one leg pumping in his recumbent bike. I saw Teague near the end of the 15 mile course at about 6:30 am. He had started before 6:00 a.m. bound and determined to make it the whole 100 mile course. He made it back to the NAC a little before 6:00 p.m. What a day for Teague. I can't even imagine what that hill was like coming back out of Heber City towards Kamas. He has my respect and it is neat to see in Teague's case and in the case of many adaptive athletes the goals that are set and then the accomplishment of those goals. I believe this is Teague's third attempt at the 100 miles and he did it. Way to go man!
We had nearly 400 riders this year. We had 40 adaptive riders and each and every person had a goal. It did not matter the ability or disability but it was the goal and the accomplishment of that goal at the end of the day.
Thank you for every person that made this event a success and we hope to see you all back out for Summit Challenge 2012.
If you would like more information on the National Ability Center and its programs and mission, visit discovernac.org