Copper Hosts 20th Annual Courage Classic

July 22, 2009


Copper Hosts 20th Annual Courage Classic

Ride to Benefit The Children’s Hospital of Denver

 

Copper Mountain, CO…July 22, 2009…The Courage Classic returns to Copper Mountain for the 20th anniversary 3-day, 157-mile bike tour to benefit The Children’s Hospital in Denver, July 25 - 27.  More than 2,500 cyclists will pedal for 3 days during this sold-out event, with a goal to raise more than $2.6 million. 

 

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 and 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. 

 

COURAGE CLASSIC ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE AND ROUTES*:

Friday, July 24

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday’s at Copper (FAC)Guests won’t want to miss FACs this summer, which include a full day and night of entertainment.  The day starts off with free activities for guests that spend at least $30 at Copper, including a free one-time pass for the climbing wall, bumper boats, quad power jump, go-karts and mini-golf.  Simply present $30 worth of receipts to Guest Services at the Mountain Adventure Center in Burning Stones Plaza and get out there and play on the only go-kart track in Summit County, conquer the largest climbing wall in CO or soak up some sun in the bumper boats on West Lake. 

 

6 - 8 p.m., Free live music by Clarence Bucaro, West Lake Overlook – A Cleveland native, Clarence rocks out to the sounds of Pop, Acoustic and Soul in the Village at Copper. In addition, Anders Osborne and Johnny Sansone (aka The Southern Troubadours) will be joining Clarence on stage.

 

Dusk, American Flyers (PG-13), Burning Stones Outdoor Theater - Enjoy a free showing of the classic 1985 cycling epic, about a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rockies. He doesn't tell him that he has a cerebral tumor. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus has to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities.


Saturday, July 25

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.

 

9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Courage Classic Expo – Make sure to check out Burning Stones Plaza for all your cycling needs, with partners such as: It-Clips, Bicycle Colorado, Pearl Izumi, Mattie O. Artwork, Primal, 99.5 The Mountain, and more.

 

1 – 5 p.m., Street Performers – Throughout the Village at Copper, enjoy face painting, balloon animals, juggling, unicycling and comedy. 

7 p.m., Team Courage Presentation - Join the group at the West Lake Overlook for a brief, inspirational program about Team Courage, a group of riders who have overcome great odds to ride in the Courage Classic. 

7:30 - 9 p.m., Free live music by Five 13, West Lake Overlook - Enjoy a free concert by Five 13, Denver’s premier Rock band. Five 13's mission is to elevate classic rock songs to the level of high energy entertainment that engages their audience.

9 p.m., Fireworks – Celebrate 20 years of the Courage Classic with free fireworks over West Lake.    


Sunday, July 26

From the start at Copper, participants have an easy pedal on the bike path to Frisco around Lake Dillon to Keystone. Make a short and steep climb up Swan Mountain Road, with its stunning view at Sapphire Point of Lake Dillon and the Gore Range. From Breckenridge, cyclists ride the bike path back to Copper.

 

7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Courage Classic Expo – Make sure to check out Burning Stones Plaza for all your cycling needs, with partners: It-Clips, Bicycle Colorado, Pearl Izumi, Mattie O. Artwork, Primal, 99.5 The Mountain, and more.

1 – 5 p.m., Street Performers – Throughout the Village at Copper, enjoy face painting, balloon animals, juggling, unicycling and comedy.

6 - 9 p.m., Free live music by Soul School, West Lake Overlook With over 150 years of combined experience and a vast repertoire of music which includes Golden Oldies, Top 40, Beach, Motown, Country, Jazz, Rock, Funk, R & B and contemporary, Soul School offers smooth harmonious vocals and an exciting stage show. 

 

Monday, July 27

Starting again at Copper, participants climb to the tour’s highest point at Fremont Pass to a summit elevation of 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.

 

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Finish Line BBQ Celebration, Copper Mountain – After completing the Courage Classic riders unwind and celebrate during the BBQ, Courage Classic Style, in Burning Stones Plaza.

 

 

*All times are approximate and events are weather dependent.

 

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

 

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