2019 Cure the Cycle Challenge

Let's Ride - lives depend on it!

Be a Challenge Rider in Napa Valley, 
join in spirit as a Virtual Rider, or DONATE to show your support

August 18, 2019
to benefit the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation
and the fight to conquer urea cycle disorders

Make a Pledge to Save Lives Now

Support the Fight to Conquer Urea Cycle Disorders


On August 18, 2019 Challenge Riders will cycle 35, 50, 65, 80 or 100 mile routes in Napa Valley, California as part of the famous Tour of Napa Ride from Calistoga through the vineyards and mountains of Napa wine country to raise awareness and funds to benefit the National Urea Cycle Disorders "Brain Project." 

You can help take the wheels off this disorder by participating as a Challenge Rider in Napa, or as a "Virtual Rider" from your own home - no bike required! Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support pioneering research to prevent brain damage and death caused by a genetic disorder called urea cycle enzyme deficiency, or urea cycle disorder. 

If you think that sounds like a challenge, consider what it's like to battle a urea cycle disorder (UCD).

Jim Stavas was a strapping, healthy fire captain for 30 years in Napa Valley when he fell into coma after a simple sinus surgery. Doctors thought Jim had suffered a stroke, but he was not responding to treatment and near death. Jim had been misdiagnosed.  His coma was caused by high ammonia levels in his blood due to a rare metabolic disorder -- a urea cycle disorder (UCD) -- unmasked by the sinus surgery. Friends searched the Internet for a clue to his symptoms and contacted the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation. NUCDF put Jim's wife, Carol, in touch with urea cycle disorder expert Dr. Gregory Enns at Stanford University Medical Center. Jim started responding to treatment, and began a long struggle to recover from devastating brain injury.

Jim fought valiantly through 18 months of rehabilitation. He never recovered functional speech or mobility.  His devoted wife, Carol, was by his side day and night caring for him. Tragically, Jim Stavas lost his battle with urea cycle disorder, and passed away.

On Sunday, August 18, 2019 join us for the 9th Annual Cure the Cycle Challenge. We'll ride in memory of Jim and too many others who were also tragically lost to UCD. We ride to support research in hope that one day no child or adult will suffer or die from urea cycle disorders. Please join us and help conquer this killer.

Did you know that missing one little enzyme in your body could cause brain damage, coma and even death? Most people don't, until their loved one is affected.

Children and adults with urea cycle disorders (UCD) have a deficiency in one of six enzymes in the liver necessary to detoxify ammonia, which is produced by our bodies when we eat protein. The ammonia builds up to toxic levels in their bloodstream, causing catastrophic effects on the brain -- learning and neurological disabilities, developmental delays, brain damage, coma, and if untreated, death.  It is often misdiagnosed as autism, ADHD, stroke, behavioral or psychiatric disorders.

Every day more infants, children and adults are diagnosed with this devastating disorder and the fight for their lives begins. The National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation is their lifeline, and their hope for research that can improve their futures and conquer this disorder forever.

Pledge your support for our Cure the Cycle Challenge.  Help make an impact on the future of those affected by urea cycle disorders. Here are 3 easy ways:

REGISTER EARLY to bike in the Cure the Cycle Challenge in Napa Valley on August 18, 2019 (Cyclists and Teams will be able to register here). Secure your spot early - Challenge Rider spots are limited! 

  • Join us for an amazing day of cycling for a great cause.
  • Bike a flat 35, hilly 50, challenging 65, awesome 80 or an iconic "Century" 100 mile route as part of the 43rd Annual Tour of Napa Ride.
  • Relax at the post-ride BBQ picnic with live music and maybe a little wine tasting thrown in!

No bike, no stamina, but great intentions? No problem! Be a Virtual Rider! Join us in spirit and inspire others - you can even ride, walk, or run in your own neighborhood!

  • Start your own fundraising page and set your goal.
  • Ask your friends and family to donate in support of your goal. It's easy! We've provided all the tools you need.

Make a donation in recognition of your favorite Challenge Cyclist or Virtual Rider:  Challenge Cyclists ride at the event on behalf of children and adults affected by a urea cycle disorders.  Virtual Riders are families affected by urea cycle disorders, medical professionals who care for them, and friends of our cause who are fundraising for the Challenge in their own communities around the country. Make a donation to help your favorite rider meet their fundraising goal. Please help us go viral by sharing on Facebook and Twitter!

Donate in tribute to a friend or loved one: Your gift is priceless when it makes a difference in saving lives.

Our Fundraisers
Rank Name Amount
#1 Toni M. $5,145.00
#2 Bruce S. $1,930.00
#3 Leigh Ann B. $1,025.00
#4 Renata S. $400.00
#5 Robert S. $200.00

Top Fundraising Teams

Rank Team Name Amount
#1 Team Landon $4,605.00
#2 Recordati Rare Diseases Riders $2,885.00
#3 S.M.I.L.E. for Shane $1,275.00

"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers."
— Seneca
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