Cyclists invited to take 54-mile Skull Valley Loop Challenge

The Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT) organization is looking for participants and volunteers for its September Skull Valley Loop Challenge.

Described as a "fun and challenging 54-mile charity road ride," the Sept. 16 event will take cyclists through Skull Valley, Kirkland Junction, Wilhoit, and back to Prescott.

Along with promoting PAT's goal of a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly central Yavapai County, the ride also brings tourism dollars in to local businesses and restaurants, according to a news release from PAT - especially in the downtown area, where the ride starts and finishes. PAT expects 200 to 400 riders to travel to Prescott for this year's ride.

Contributions from sponsors and donors allow PAT to offer three support stations, support vehicles, a goody bag, refreshments, and a raffle.

PAT invites businesses interested in contributing, as well as volunteers, to contact the organization - either by calling 928-708-0911, or by going to related websites at www.prescottcycling.net, or www.prescottbikeped.org.