New route announced for 24th annual Courage Classic
Venue closer treats riders to a fresh, new route for one of Colorado’s premier cycling events
A renowned cycling event since 1989, the Courage Classic presented by Prologis, was forced to rethink its long-standing route when Leadville High School announced a summer 2013 closure due to asbestos removal. The tour typically starts and ends in Leadville, Colo. and takes participants over some of the most beautiful and challenging passes in Summit, Eagle and Lake Counties.
Just announced, Courage Classic will remain a three-day journey, but will instead start and end at Copper Mountain resort, the tour’s annual headquarters. The new plan features multiple route options including the full tour option of 155 miles, compared to last year’s 157 mile tour. There will also be family-friendly one-day routes offered.
Last year, Mother Nature, in the form of a giant sink hole in Leadville, forced a last minute route change, so riders are known to be flexible.
“We are fortunate to have so many loyal and understanding riders that are in this to support Children’s Colorado, regardless of the route,” said tour manager Wally Zediker. “Last year’s sink hole and this year’s venue closure just allows us to be creative and offer new options to our participants. We think starting and ending in Copper Mountain will only make for a more cohesive and enjoyable event for all.”
The location change also provides a unique opportunity to celebrate Team Courage, a group of current and former patients joined by family members and hospital staff. The team will be greeted by thousands of supporters and fellow riders when they cross the finish line in Copper Mountain on Sunday, July 21.
The twists and turns of the 2013 Courage Classic may have changed, but strong individual and team fundraising efforts to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado are already underway and remains intact. More than 2,000 cyclists of all ages and ability levels, hundreds of volunteers and several generous sponsors will again convene in Copper Mountain at the height of the Rocky Mountain’s summertime beauty to raise money for Children’s Colorado’s greatest needs.
This year’s tour dates are July 20-22. Interested participants should register early as last year’s event sold out in June.
For more information about the ride, including route maps and registration information, go here