Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day Two

There is no preparation I could have done to be prepared for this ride. Being five thousand feet higher than where I trained was a slight problem in the beginning. The first major hill we had to go up I had a hard time catching my breath. After I had realized how much of a challenge the altitude was I was able to pace myself better. I was not able to finish the ride today. I made it 40 miles out of 55. The last twenty were all uphill over Vail pass.

I am kind of disappointed in myself but I am also very proud of what I did accomplish. At one point we were going down a hill, a steep one, and my uncle who was riding behind me said, “The biggest bug just flew into me!” I laughed at him only to find out the second largest bug in the world hit me.

Putting On My Rider Number #1205

Putting On My Rider Number

Falling Asleep at Lunch

Falling Asleep at Lunch

After the ride when we got back to Copper Mountain there is a ton of free stuff and a well for a donation to the hospital of your own choice. I got a half hour massage and some ice cream. There is also a band and a bunch of little shops accompanied by Courage Classic specific tents such as the picture tent, the Courage Classic jersey tent and even a tent for bike gear. Tonight there are going to be fireworks. I am planning on going if I can stay awake. The ride killed me today. I am very tired and my thighs hurt. I will stretch tonight and again in the morning. Hopefully tomorrow will be smoother.
On the Bridge We Weren't Supposed to Stop On Over the Eagle River

On the Bridge We Weren't Supposed to Stop On Over the Eagle River


I am extremely glad I have signed up for this and followed through. It has been a great experience for me. One I will never forget and will not be able to get anywhere else.
A Beautiful Rainbow

A Beautiful Rainbow

Having Fun at Copper Mountain

Having Fun at Copper Mountain

Stay tuned for Day Three of my ride.

Ellaura Harris