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July 18, 2005 - Cyclists Gear-up for Courage Classic

What: The 16th Annual Courage Classic

Where: Leadville, CO

When: July 16, 17 and 18, 2005

Beneficiary: The Children’s Hospital Foundation

EMCEE: Steve Kelley, April Zesbaugh and Corey Lopez of 850 KOA Radio, Susie Wargin of 9News and Pat Downing of Old Chicago

Catering: Three Tomatoes Catering

Music: Opie Gone Bad (July 16), Cactus Jack (July 17)

Sponsors: Gold Level: America’s Credit Unions, Frontier Airlines, Denver Daily News, Campus Cycles, 5280, Altitude, Enterprise Car Sales, 850 KOA Radio; Silver Level: Peaberry Coffee, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Naked Food-Juice, Great Harvest Bread Co., EAS AdvantEdge, Copper Mountain Resort, Point B, Pepsi, Colorado Springs Independent ; Bronze Level: Colorado Potatoes, Copper Mountain Resort Chamber, Tyson, Kids’ Pages, Mountain View Tent Company, GU2O, White Wave, Dreyer’s, U.S. Foodservice, Dilley Printing, AMC Theatres, Three Tomatoes Catering, Old Chicago, Qdoba, Mountain High, Enterprise rent-a-car, Indian Harvest, Radio Resource, Kuner’s, Coleman Natural Meats, Boulder Potato Company, Hanna Design; Mechanical Support Sponsors: Bicycle Village, Treads, Schwab Cycles, Lee’s Cyclery & Fitness, MOB Cyclery, Criterium Bicycles, Campus Cycles

Attendance: Approximately 1,900 cyclists and hundreds of volunteers and spectators

Attire: Biking gear

Event Coordinator: The Children’s Hospital Foundation with John Eddy and Raymond Saperstein from the Courage Classic

Blacktie Photos by: Christine Cool

 Riders from the Childrens Hospital team: Spero Papadopoales, Michele Wallendal, Gini Taylor, Kathy Appel and Dave Appel
Riders from the Childrens Hospital team: Spero Papadopoales, Michele Wallendal, Gini Taylor, Kathy Appel and Dave Appel

Christine Cool

This year’s Courage Classic bicycle ride turned out to be one of the largest successes in the rides, a 16-year history drawing nearly 1,900 riders as well as hundreds of volunteers and spectators, all helping raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Denver.

The Courage classic took place over three days as cyclists rode a total of 157 miles through the mountains around Vail and Copper Mountain. The ride began in Leadville, Colorado on July 15th as riders registered at Leadville High School and then made their way over Vail Pass and ending at Copper Mountain Resort.

On Sunday, July 16th, cyclists visited three ski towns, Copper, Keystone, and Breckinridge. On their way they were met with breathtaking views of Lake Dillon and Gore range as they climbed over Swan Mountain.

On the 17th, the final day of riding, cyclists met their hardest challenge riding to the highest point of the ride, Freemont pass which rises 11,318 feet, before riding 17 miles around Turquoise lake.

The cyclist finally make their way back to Leadville were they are met with volunteers and supporters cheering them on as they crossed the finish line. After they have completed their ride, cyclists relaxed as they listened to music and enjoyed a buffet provided by Three Tomatoes Catering. The most uplifting story from the event was that of team courage, who were made up of patients and family members of patients of the Children’s Hospital, who tackled the three-day ride. One such member was Ashley Hovey, who rode the 157-mile tour with her hand-crank bike, or Collaborate Conners who, despite being on chemotherapy, competed in the event and was able to ride along with his team.

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