By Greg Hoole — The beauty and serenity of an early morning canyon ride is unmatched. And, there is no more abundance of beautiful canyons in all the world than right here along the Wasatch Front. Many cyclists will enjoy a (literally) breath-taking ride up one of these canyons and then call it a day. Some will occasionally string a few canyons together to up the ante. But how many cyclists have tackled all five of the major riding canyons surrounding Salt Lake City—in one day?
Wheels of Justice is throwing down the challenge to every cyclist who is looking for a new conquest. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, a new ride in the Salt Lake valley will take place on September 8, 2018. Wheels of Justice is a local cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse. A nonprofit corporation, it raises money to support two outstanding organizations making a difference in our community: Prevent Child Abuse Utah (“PCAU”) and the Children’s Justice Center (the “CJC”).
The mission of PCAU is to prevent child abuse through public awareness and educating children and adults about such things as appropriate relationships, bullying, and internet safety. The CJC is an award-winning program that helps children who have been abused. The CJC’s expert staff help break the cycle of abuse and empower victims to become survivors.
Wheels of Justice recognizes that even the most serious of problems can be addressed in a fun way. Hence, a bike club and an amazing annual ride.
The ride will start at the Black Bear Diner in Sandy, where the good people there will provide participants with a free pancake breakfast. Then it will ascend all five of Salt Lake City’s riding canyons: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Millcreek Canyon, Emigration Canyon, and then City Creek Canyon. Riders can choose one, two, three, four, or all five canyons. Those who conquer all five canyons will receive a killer finisher’s medal, courtesy of Utah-based DNA Cycling (Drive Marketing).
The Black Bear Diner and DNA Cycling are just two of the many companies that have stepped up to partner with Wheels of Justice in this effort. The list includes local bike shops, ski resorts, and restaurants, as well as many other local businesses. DNA Cycling has also made its coveted BIO Fit jersey and Elite bib shorts (custom made in Italy) available to Wheels of Justice members (it costs nothing to join) at a steeply discounted price to assist in its fund-raising efforts. These kits are now available at Flynn Cyclery in Holladay.
All riders, regardless of how many mountains they conquer, will receive a free Specialized 2nd Gen Big Mouth water bottle, courtesy of UtahBikingLaw.com. There will also be some very cool prizes awarded in a number of different categories, including ski passes, backpacks, bluetooth speakers, gift cards, and more.
More information about Wheels of Justice and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is available at WheelsofJusticeUtah.org.
September 8 — Wheels of Justice, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough|, Sandy, UT, The ride will ascend each of Salt Lake City’s five riding canyons, for a total of 116.3 miles and 14,272 feet—one of the most challenging one-day bike rides in Utah!, Greg Hoole, 801-272-7556, [email protected], wheelsofjusticeutah.org