“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison
By now you know the story... In 2009, along with my brother and Dad, we formed Team FORZA (yadda, yadda, yadda)
2021 is Team Forza's 13th year. Last year's event (like many in the COVID era) was virtual. In an attempt to make it as grand as the normal Courage Classic, Emma and I designed a route. Initial plans don't always go as you expect however...60 miles into our ride, while climbing Big Mountain (no joke...that's the mountain name) Emma and I discovered we were off-course and we needed to back track approximately 3 miles. While riding back to the preverbial "fork in the road", I vaguely remembered where the road split there was a dirt road and the paved road which we were on. The only way up and over to Park City was via a dirt road -- something we were unprepared for with our road bikes.
Long story short; running low on water and high temperatures, Emma and I were forced to abandon the route and call Jen to come pick us up. Emma and I rode our bikes reverse routing 7 miles in order to find a campground which I knew had shade and water. It's an important side-note to mention Jen was dealing with an Emergency room visit after being bit on the face and hand by a neighbors dog...I think the universe aligned that day and NOT in the Paganos favor.
While we were unsuccessful with our out-n-back/overnight to Park City, the adventure and journey was worthwhile. Our 1 day of suffering pales in comparison to the families and patients of Children's Hospital. We are grateful for our health and ability to even attempt the ride to Park City...and in the end we have a story to tell.
So here we are back for an actual Courage Classic. The team size may be small this year, but it carries all the heart and courage of previous years, previous team members and your spirit (in the form of donations and support).
Thank you for your continued support of Team Forza and Children's Hospital.
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