Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde Named American Heart Association Ambassador

Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde Named American Heart Association Ambassador

April 14th, 2020 – Santa Barbara, CA – Summit4CAD founder Jon Patrick Hyde has been named an Ambassador for the American Heart Association, representing the Central Coast of California.

“I’m incredibly honored to have been asked to represent such an amazing organization.  The American Heart Association is so much more than prevention education, community outreach, and survivor support; the AHA funds vital research which has resulted in advances in medications, technology and surgical techniques which have saved lives… mine included.”

Jon was the keynote speaker at this year’s Go Red for Women luncheon in Santa Barbara, Friday, February 14th, 2020.  This event premiered a promotional video shot for the American Heart Association which features Jon and his survival story.

This video will be featured to present Jon’s story as he participates in events throughout Central California on behalf of the American Heart Association.

Jon is the event chair for the inaugural American Heart Association/American Stroke Association CycleNation, a cycling oriented event designed to raise awareness of Stroke and Heart Disease risks.

CycleNation will be held May 30th, 2020, in Santa Barbara, CA at Mad Fitness.  For more information please visit:

Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde Cycles 50,000 Miles After A Widowmaker Heart Attack.

January 31st, 2020 – Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde has successfully crossed over the 50,000 mile threshold for miles cycled after a STEMI – widowmaker heart attack.

The widowmaker heart attack is the name given to a STEMI (ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction) event affecting the LAD (Left Anterior Descending) Coronary Artery.  STEMI heart attacks are identified as 100% blockages of a coronary artery.  They are 100% fatal if untreated.

The survival statistics for a STEMI event in the LAD (widowmaker) are dire; only 10% of widowmaker sufferers survive.  This 10% almost always face some form of permanent heart tissue damage.  This damage can be minor or can be significant.  Significant post widowmaker heart damage can cause permanent disability.  It also greatly reduces life expectancy.

Heart Disease is the #1 cause of early disability among adults in the United States each year. 

Jon was very fortunate for he is one of a very small number of widowmaker survivors who did not experience any permanent heart damage as a result of his heart attack.  This has allowed him to reengage his life without limitations.

Jon cycled a total of 50,013.2 miles from February 1st, 2017 to January 31st, 2020.  He has slowly ramped-up his mileage since getting medical clearance to resume cycling post widowmaker.

He cycled 11,922.8 miles between February 2017 and January 2018.
He cycled 17,472.8 miles between February 2018 and January 2019.
He cycled 20,617.6 miles between February 2019 and January 2020.




Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde will be speaking at the American Heart Association’s Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon in Santa Barbara, Friday, February 14th, 2020.

This 30 second video trailer features Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde.  A full length video produced by the American Heart Association will be premiered at the 2020 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon in Santa Barbara, CA, February 14th.


The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally.

It’s no longer just about wearing red; it’s no longer just about sharing heart health facts. It’s about all women making a commitment to stand together with Go Red and taking charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they can’t bear to live without. Making a commitment to your health isn’t something you have to do alone either, so grab a friend or a family member and make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment today.

Please show your support for the American Heart Association!


Photo by Ashleigh Taylor Henning
Video by TV Santa Barbara for the American Heart Association



Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde Cycles 20,000 Miles in 12 Months

Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde Cycles 20,000 Miles in 12 Months

Summit4CAD Founder and Executive Director Jon Patrick Hyde has successfully reached his goal of cycling 20,000 miles (50 miles/day) for the 12 month period between May, 2018 and April 2019.  Jon crossed the 20,000 mile threshold on April 24, 2019.

Jon successfully completed a large mountain summit course on May 5th, 2018 and started an intense daily mileage routine after.

“After cycling Mt. Lemmon in Arizona last May (May 5th, 2018), I was a little discouraged with my performance climbing that mountain.  I had dealt with having to ride indoors for nearly a month due to poor air quality from the Thomas Fire and I never really got back on track.  As a result I found Mt. Lemmon to be as challenging as Mt. Haleakala.  And by the numbers it’s half as difficult.  I knew I needed to get refocused and dedicate myself to some intense training.”

Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde on his Eagle Bicycles Z3 while climbing Gibraltar Rd in California
Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde on his Eagle Bicycles Z3 while climbing Gibraltar Rd in California

Consulting with his cardiologist, a nutrition consultant, and a sports medicine physiology expert, Jon decided to spend the summer of 2018 focused on increasing his endurance capacity.

“One thing sort of led to another.  I was focused on pushing myself to increase my endurance and shortly I realized that if I kept the pace up I could really set a new record for myself in mileage cycled for a year.  When I hit 10,000 miles at 6 months in I knew that 20,000 miles was doable.”

Central California experienced a mild winter and this provided Jon the days he needed cycling outdoors to keep his mileage on track.  By switching up the bicycle he rode, choosing the bike to fit the weather conditions, he was able to ride through the rainy winter season without missing but a handful of days.

“My bicycle sponsor, Eagle Bicycles, sent me this awesome carbon fiber 29er mountain bike and it became my go-to ride for bad weather.  I rode through some gnarly weather safely and with confidence on that bike.  I would have missed a lot more days if not for it.”

“Once I got through to 9 months I realized that my body had changed dramatically.  My huge, heavy sprinter/time trial legs were now thinner, leaner, and better able to go long distances.”

Endurance sports are often a high-wire act, balancing health benefits with the harm that can come from overworking yourself.   To make sure that his message of cycling for health benefits doesn’t get overshadowed by his adherence to pushing his physical limits; Jon has been very vocal about how his 20,000 mile goal should be viewed.

“I’ve had to work really hard to avoid harming myself.  I’ve worked with an exercise physiologist to ensure I don’t develop repetition injuries.  I’ve paid really close attention to my diet.  I started taking branched chain amino acids and electrolytes on my rides to ensure my muscles recover optimally.  And I have had to fight exhaustion.  This shouldn’t be attempted by anyone without the assistance and approval of qualified medical professionals.  That being said, if you want to push yourself to the limits of your physical abilities; I’m a 49 year old heart attack survivor who has successfully done it.  I fully believe that if I can do it, you can too.”

When questioned by cyclists and non-cyclists as to why he’d attempt such an ambitious mileage goal Jon has said,

“I truly believe that although genetics can set certain limitations for us or can set us up to develop certain conditions and/or diseases; I am living proof that our minds can be just as powerful in determining if we surrender to our genetics or fight to push ourselves beyond. 

No one in my family had ever beat the Widowmaker.  And no one in my family before me had worked as hard as I have to beat it.  Without thinking about my heart for I was solely focused on alleviating back pain; I made a series of deliberate lifestyle choices that not only addressed my back pain issues but they prepared me to survive a massive heart attack.  That’s always been the message of Summit4CAD; if this happened to me it can happen to you. 

Don’t gamble with your life.  Know your risk and make choices to live a healthier life.  There are NO limitations except those that you chose to accept for yourself.  I wanted to see if I could do mileage on par with what an active professional cyclist half my age does…  And I met that goal.”

Jon’s stats for the 12 months between May 2018 and April 2019 are below.

For more information on Summit4CAD please feel free to contact us.

“HEY!  I hope it’s beautiful wherever you are.
No excuses!  GO RIDE A BIKE!!!”
~ Jon Patrick Hyde

2017-2018 Summit4CAD Climbs Announced!

Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde has chosen six of the most difficult climbs in the United States for the 2017-2018 calendar.


Located in the State of Hawaii on the island of Maui, Mt. Haleakala is the World’s longest paved continuous uphill cycling course. This ride is ranked 2nd most difficult in the USA.  From the start at sea level you cycle uphill for 35.5 miles to the summit at 10,023ft for a total of 10,063ft in elevation gained.  It has a Fiets Scale Rating of 18.6*.

This ride was successfully completed on October 28th, 2017. 

Jon Patrick Hyde Summits Mt. Haleakala
Summit4CAD Founder Jon Patrick Hyde became the first Widowmaker Heart Attack survivor to cycle to the summit of Mt Haleakala, the longest continual uphill cycling course in the world on the 1 year anniversary of his heart attack.


Located in Arizona, this iconic Western climb is 28.8 miles long from your starting point at 2,760ft above sea level.  The summit is at 9,132ft for a total of 7,107ft in elevation gain.  It has a Fiets Scale Rating of 9.9* and will be the first climb of 2018.  This ride is scheduled for April.


Located in California, this climb is ranked 8th most difficult in the USA.  From the start at 3,817ft above sea level you climb to 10,038ft over 19.2 miles for a total elevation gain of 6,558ft.  It has a Fiets Scale Rating of 13.7*.  This climb is scheduled for May.


Located in California, this climb is ranked 9th most difficult in the USA.  From the start at 3,946ft above sea level you climb to 10,114ft over 20.3 miles for a total elevation gain of 6,390ft.   It has a Fiets Scale Rating of 12.9*.  This climb is scheduled for May.


Located in Colorado, this climb is ranked 4th most difficult in the USA.  From the start at 6,343ft above sea level you climb to 14,102ft over 24.4 miles for a total elevation gain of 7,978ft.  It has a Fiets Scale Rating of 17.7*.  This climb is scheduled for August.


Located in the State of Hawaii on the “Big Island” of Hawaii, Mauna Kea is ranked the #1 most difficult climb in the USA and the entire World.  It features 7km of unpaved/gravel roads near the summit.  From the start at ocean level you climb to 13,761ft over 42.6 miles for a total elevation gain of 13,778ft.  It has a Fiets Scale Rating of 28.9*.  This climb is scheduled for the 2nd anniversary of Jon’s heart attack in October.

*FIETS INDEX = [H^2 / D*10] + (T – 1000):1000

The climb difficulty rating drawn up by Gabriele Codifava, which also gives prominence to steep gradients.

D – Difficulty rating: outcome of the Formula
d – total difference in altitude (meters)
di – difference in altitude between two points (meters) referring to the i-th interval of the climb
P – avg. gradient expressed as Percentage (%)
pi – gradient of the i-th interval of the climb (%)
L – entire Length of the climb (Km)
li – length of the i-th interval of the climb (Km)

Whereby the principles followed working out the Formula (proceeding from the old well-known elaboration: D=(P*P*L)/10 + 4*P) are four:

1) to give as much prominence as possible to steep gradients; thus avoid to calculate only average gradients over the entire climb, which would attenuate the importance of the sharpest intervals. Each interval (defined mainly by homogeneous gradient) will be taken into consideration separetely, and the results will be added as the final step of the operation;

2) equal slopes (i.e.: eventually the same climb), even if considered as parts of different courses, should provide self-consistent results. E.g.: check the database for these italian climbs: Prada Alta and Punta Veleno. Punta Veleno should include the entire difficulty of Prada Alta, adding eventually some more difficulty points being the same climb with ADDITIONAL tracts – although easier, anyway rising;

3) the subdivision into intervals should be the least arbitrary;

4) in a theoretically homogeneous climb – in which the average gradient is equal to the partial gradient for every interval – the old and the new formulas should provide the same outcomes.