Registration and fundraising for the 2020 Courage Classic has begun. My goal is to complete the 78 mile bicycle ride from Copper Mountain, up Fremont Pass, over Red Mounain Pass, up Battle Mountain, and up Vail Pass back to Copper Mountain. Of course there are descents in between. Last year I suffered leg cramps at mile 48. This year I will have a better handle on electrolytes and have modified my vintage bike to have 18 gears instead of 12. This is really for the fundraising but there are other benefits. Biking has helped my knees. My motto is still "old and slow" but now the knees are without pain. And you should feel good about donating. Children's Hospital Colorado is an unbelievably worthy cause. Stories like the following are one of many that inspire me to ride in the Courage Classic and give hope to Children's Hospital Colorado patients like Chase.
Chase was born 2 months early in full cardiac arrest and spent nearly 3 months in the Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU. He continues to face challenges ranging from respiratory issues to partial blindness.
Chase asked his mom, Laura, if he could ride with her in the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour. Given his medical challenges, this was no small feat, but Chase was determined to learn to ride a bike. After a lot of hard work (and falls), Chase rode with Laura's Durango Derailers Team of family and friends across the Courage Classic finish line -- a true testament to his courage and strength against all odds.
Chase will not be the last child to face a life-threatening illness, and his family will not be the last to navigate a frightening diagnosis.
The Courage Classic is not only a personal challenge, but also an opportunity to support positive outcomes and healthier futures for children.