21st Annual Courage Classic Rolls Into Copper This Weekend, July 30 - August 2

July 28, 2010

21st Annual Courage Classic Rolls Into Copper This Weekend

All Proceeds Benefit the Children’s Hospital in Denver


Copper Mountain, CO…July 28, 2010…The Courage Classic, presented by ProLogis, returns to Copper Mountain for the 21st annual 3-day, 157-mile bike tour to benefit The Children’s Hospital in Denver, July 30 – August 2.  More than 2,000 cyclists will pedal for 3 days during this sold-out event, with a goal to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.   


Cyclists will test their physical endurance as they ride 157 miles through the glorious Colorado Rockies over three days, pushing themselves up Vail Pass, gliding down the bike path from Copper Mountain to Dillon and then climbing up Fremont Pass and crossing the finish line on Monday in Leadville.


Proceeds from the Courage Classic benefit The Children's Hospital, one of the nation's top pediatric research hospitals. The Children's Hospital is a not-for-profit organization that relies heavily upon support of donors to achieve its mission. U.S. News & World Report and CHILD Magazine both rank The Children's Hospital as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States. To donate, please visit www.couragetours.com.


Make sure to check out the Courage Classic Expo in Burning Stones Plaza for all your cycling needs, with partners such as The Children’s Hospital, 99.5 The Mountain, BikeSource, Cycleops, Hulee Super Cookie, Oakley, Orbea, Pearl Izumi, Primal, ProLogis, Saris, Shimano, Specialized, United Healthcare and Wheat Ridge Cyclery.


After being on your bike all day it’s nice to roll into the finish line at Copper and be steps from your lodging. Copper offers a wide variety of lodging available at a discounted rate for Courage Classic participants. Call a Copper Mountain Vacation Specialist at 866.837.2996, reference the group name Courage Classic and/or the group code 3GD313 to access the discounted group rates.


2010 Courage Classic Schedule of Events*

Friday, July 30

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.           Fridays at Copper (FAC) – Free activities with every $30 shopping or dining purchase at Copper, including a free one-time pass for the climbing wall, bumper boats, quad power jump, paddle boats, go-karts and mini-golf.

3 – 8 p.m.                     Courage Classic Expo open, Burning Stones Plaza

3 – 8 p.m.                     Rider Welcome Reception, Jill’s Deck

3:30 – 8:30 p.m.            Courage Classic Registration open, Copper Conference Center

6 p.m.                          Friday Night Street Party, with free live music by Angie Stevens & the Beautiful Wreck, a Denver-based band playing Indie, Americana and Folk Rock

Dusk                            Burning Stones Outdoor Theater, featuring a free showing of Breaking Away (PG), the 1979 Oscar, Golden Globe and Academy Award winning, light-hearted and heartwarming tale with Dennis Quaid, all about cycling.


Saturday, July 31

7 – 9 a.m.                     Rider check-in and Day 1 start times, Lake County High School

9 a.m. – 8 p.m.             Courage Classic Expo open, Burning Stones Plaza

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.            Massage Therapy open, Ptarmigan Rooms

2 – 6 p.m.                     Street performers roaming the Village at Copper

7 p.m.                          Courage Classic Presentation, Burning Stones Plaza

7: 30 p.m.                     Free Courage Concert with Deja Blu, Burning Stones Plaza

9 p.m.                          Fireworks over West Lake        


Sunday, August 1

7 – 10:30 a.m.               Courage Classic rider Day 2 start times, Village at Copper

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.            Massage Therapy open, Ptarmigan Rooms

2 – 6 p.m.                     Street performers roaming the Village at Copper

6 p.m.                          Live music by Opie Gone Bad, Burning Stones Plaza


Monday, August 2

7 – 10 a.m.                   Courage Classic rider Day 3 start times, Village at Copper

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.            Courage Classic finish line BBQ

1:30 p.m.                      Team Courage Welcome Celebration, finish line


*All times are approximate and events are weather dependent.

Courage Classic Routes
Day 1 - Saturday, July 31; Leadville to Copper, over Vail Pass, then back to Copper

Saturday’s route leaves Leadville on Highway 24 and passes Ski Cooper and the Continental Divide. On the way to the first climb of the day, Battle Mountain, participants pass historical Camp Hale Valley, home of the U.S. Army’s Tenth Mountain Division. From the top of Battle Mountain, enjoy a long descent into Minturn to prepare for climbing Vail Pass. The day ends with a gentle coast to the Finish Line at Copper.


Day 2 - Sunday, July 26; Copper to Frisco/Keystone/Breckenridge, then back to Copper

Start the second day of the Courage Classic with an easy descent on the bike path from Copper Mountain to Frisco. From Frisco, you have three choices: (a) Turn right at Frisco and head to the Breckenridge lunch stop for a 35-mile Family Ride; (b) Continue to ride around Lake Dillon, uphill to Keystone, then climb up the challenging Swan Mountain Road for a 54-mile ride; or (c) Head straight up Ute Pass to ride the 100-mile Century Ride, or turn around sooner for a shorter ride. All three of the routes stop in Breckenridge for lunch, then take the moderate climb back up the bike path to Copper for the day two finish.

Day 3 - Monday, July 27; Copper to Leadville

Starting again at Copper on Day 3, participants climb to the tour’s highest point at Fremont Pass (summit elevation 11,318 feet), then enjoy gentle rolling hills until the day’s decision point: Take a short-cut to the Leadville Finish Line or stay on the base route for the spectacular ride around Turquoise Lake. At the Leadville finish line, a group of Children's Hospital patients greet every rider as they end the three-day tour.


For more detailed Courage Classic information, visit www.couragetours.com.






David Roth
970.968.2318 ext. 38827
Email: DRoth@coppercolorado.com

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