Courage Classic News and Updates

Posted: September 6, 2022

2023 Tour Dates Announced!

Courage Classic will return to Copper Mountain the weekend of July 15-16 in 2023. We hope to see you then!

Posted: July 16, 2022

Weekend Silent Auction

Check out the great silent auction items available in support of the Courage Classic this weekend, including a custom bike frame, Copper Mountain activities, and Courage Classic gear! https://CourageClassic.givesmart.com

Posted: July 15, 2022

Changes to Friday Night Courage Classic Schedule

Due to rain, please note the following changes to Friday’s schedule:

  • Rider Check-In will still be in the Conference Center, upper level 4-8 p.m.
  • Happy Hour has been moved indoors to Sawmill Pizza. Happy Hour tickets will be available at the Info Table at Rider Check-In.
  • Courage Classic merchandise sales have been moved indoors and will be located at Rider Check-In.

Please also keep in mind:

  • Be on route as early as possible tomorrow! Rain is in the forecast for the afternoon.
  • Due to expected rain, some events may also be moved indoors tomorrow evening. We will update you via email and the Courage Classic Community Facebook Group should anything change from the original Saturday/Sunday schedule.

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Posted: July 7, 2022

Be Aware! Here is how the Vail Pass construction detour may impact your ride:

Riders affected

Day 1 – Saturday – Copper Loop (79 mile) riders

Day 1 – Saturday – Vail Pass (42 mile) riders

NOTE: Family Route is not affected since they turn around at the Black Lakes aid station prior to reaching construction.

Description

A two-mile stretch of temporary bike trail is directly next to I-70, separated by pinned concrete barriers and glare screens. Pinned barriers provide safety so that if a vehicle hit the barrier, it would not move. However, traffic noise can be loud for those two miles. CDOT will be sweeping this path the day before Courage Classic, but riders are warned to take it slowly downhill as there will be bumps in the road and possible loose gravel. The temporary trail is narrow and during a busy event, it will be unsafe to turn around on, or walk your bike up. Sag wagons* are strongly recommended if you do not expect to be able to ride up Vail Pass.

Location of construction detour (map below)

Approximately 1.5 miles from top of Vail Pass and our Black Lakes Aid Station (closer to Copper)

Approximately 3.5 miles from our aid station at the bottom of Vail Pass (closer to Vail)

Recreation Path Detour Map
Detour Information

*Sag Wagons

Vans with bike racks will be on course for those who need a lift to the next aid station. The last chance to ride in a sag wagon before the east-bound climb on Vail Pass, is here – about two miles before bottom of vail pass aid station. Please look out for signage that will direct you to the “Last Chance to Sag” parking lot. Sag wagons will not take you back to Copper from the bottom of Vail, but will take you to the top of Vail so you can finish the ride to Copper. Please be patient – this is a very busy stop but we will transport riders as quickly as possible. If you do not wish to wait, we recommend scheduling a friend or family member to pick you up in Vail.

Note: Rock-blasting and flaggers are not scheduled the day of Courage Classic

Posted: July 7, 2022

New Rec Path Added to Day One of Courage Classic

Copper Loop (80 mile) riders – when you start the ride, don’t be alarmed when marshals direct you across Highway 91, rather than right toward Leadville. We will take Summit County’s new path for 3 miles toward Climax Mine. More on the new path we will have access to!

Posted: July 7, 2022

Mailed Packets

Rider packets will be mailed this week to participants who met their minimum by June 27. Packets include a wristband, helmet sticker, bike sticker, t-shirt, and other important information.

If you receive a rider packet by mail, you can bypass rider check-in. If you do not receive a rider packet by mail, please collect your wristband and other requirements at rider check-in Friday evening, 4-8 p.m., or Saturday, 5:30-7:30 a.m. in the Copper Conference Center More information can be found in the Rider Manual.

Fundraising minimums must be met by tour check-in to ride the Courage Classic course.

Posted: May 31, 2022

Finish Line is back in Copper’s Center Village!

We are excited to host our 2022 Start and Finish Line in the heart of Copper’s Center Village once again! Invite your family, friends, and cheerleaders to bring their pom-poms and meet you at the daily finish Saturday and Sunday of the tour. We will also be reaching out to team captains to coordinate team announcements at the Finish Line so the whole village can celebrate your achievement!

Posted: May 31, 2022

Route Updates

  • Saturday, July 16:
    • Vail Pass Construction Detour
    • CDOT is making Vail Pass Recreation Path Improvements that will affect this year’s Courage Classic Saturday Route. All Saturday routes will include an 8-foot paved detour path while they relocate a two-mile section of the Vail Recreation Trail and build two bridges to cross this trail over Black Gore Creek. The project team is currently constructing the temporary trail detour, which is expected to be operational by June. For more information on this project please visit https://www.codot.gov/projects/i70westvailauxiliarylanes/construction.

  • Family Ride – Now 12 milesDue to the Vail Pass Construction, our aid station at the top of Vail Pass will be set up at the Black Lakes Picnic Site. This will add approximately 2 miles to Saturday’s Family Ride.

Posted: May 31, 2022

E-Bikes

Due to an increase in questions about E-Bikes this year, we have reached out to our partners who permit our course for clarification.

Per the US Forest Service, e-bikes are only allowed on the recreation paths in Summit County. E-bikes are currently not permitted on any of the other recreation paths located on the White River National Forest, including pedal-assist.

How does this affect Courage Classic Routes?

  • Day 1 of Courage Classic (Saturday, July 16th) – While E-bikes are permittedon roads along Saturday’s Courage Classic routes they are not permitted on any of the paths, including Vail Pass.
  • All recreation paths used for the day 1 Courage Classic routes are non-motorized trails per US Forest Service.
  • If you plan to ride on the Copper Loop Route (79 mi), you will enter non-motorized trails after the lunch stop in Minturn (approx. 53 miles into the route). Please email us if you intend to take a Courage Classic sag wagon with your e-bike. We have a limited number of sag wagons that can assist e-bikes and would like to get an idea of how many requests we will have, and prepare to the best of our ability. Please expect a wait if using tour sag wagons for e-bike transfer.
  • Day 2 of Courage Classic (Sunday, July 17th) – Class I e-bikes are allowed on all day 2 Courage Classic routes, including rec paths through Summit County.  

Posted: May 24, 2022

Facebook Fundraising Is Back!

You can once again link your personal fundraising efforts with a Facebook Fundraising Campaign. We’re excited to have this valuable tool back online! Be sure to visit our Facebook Fundraising resources page for instructions and answers to some frequently asked questions.

NOTE: You MUST create your Facebook Fundraiser through your Courage Classic Participant Center if you would like it to be linked to your Personal Fundraising Page. A Fundraiser created on Facebook first cannot be linked.

Posted: March 10, 2022

Merch available for purchase

The 2022 merchandise store is open! Order your new gear and show off your Courage Classic spirit, all while supporting Children’s Hospital Colorado patients and families.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2022

The “Come-Back” Tour!

After two years of modified tours, this year we celebrate the Courage Classic comeback! We’re excited to offer a two-day, in-person event as well as a virtual experience! The tour returns July 16-17, 2022 in Copper Mountain and offers three fully supported routes each day for all rider levels and abilities.

We hope to see everyone in Copper this year and are working closely with the State of Colorado, CDPHE and so many others to create a safe and fun experience for all. Courage Classic is always such a special time for patients, families, caregivers and supporters of Children’s Colorado to come together. We look forward to continuing this tradition and celebrating the Courage Classic Comeback with our community!

Contact us

Connect with us about the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour at [email protected] or 720-777-7499.