Last Sunday (the day after the Mid Mountain Marathon), I rallied my sore legs to hike up another mountain, this time for someone else.
My friends at work came up with the idea of riding a mountain bike trail on a cruiser bike. Not just any mountain bike trail- the Crest trail, specifically Puke Hill. It’s 2 miles up hill with 650 feet elevation gain starting at 9,150 feet and ending around 10,000 feet. It’s not an easy bike ride and cruiser bikes aren’t light. They’re meant for picking up groceries or riding over to a friend’s house, not riding up mountains.
We turned the crazy idea into a group ride for our friends Joe and Sarah who’s son Charlie, was recently diagnosed with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy. The event was to help contribute to a treatment called hippotherapy at the National Ability Center (located here in Park City), where children with neuromuscular difficulty ride horses to encourage stability, core strength, balance, posture, muscle tone, and emotional development. You can learn more about our event here: crestoncruisers.com