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

It took a while but I finally made it up Fremont pass elevation 11,318 ft (highest pass of the ride). It was killer. My thighs hurt so bad after that and every little hill afterword seemed much harder, longer and steeper than it really was. The downhill parts were definitely nice. It gave me time to relax a little bit.

Today was the first day I finished the ride. It definitely boosted my self confidence a bunch. The last five miles I could not wipe the smile off my face. I was so thrilled to finish the last 33 miles.

When we left this morning it was freezing. I wore two pairs of pants over my bike shorts, two camisoles, two jackets, my jersey and a pair of winter ski gloves…I was still cold a lot of the day. People that passed us thought I might be overheating, but I wasn’t.

This weekend the massages and the hot tub were lifesavers. I would not have been able to do as much as I did without them. Put together the ride was halfway bearable.

I also have to say everything has been extremely organized. I never felt unsafe even riding on highways with no shoulder and traffic. Everyone was extremely patient. Not five minutes passed on the ride without seeing either a police officer, bike medic or sag wagon. I knew if something were to go wrong someone would be able to help me or get help in a timely manner. Nothing has ever come up in working with Children’s Hospital that I could ever complain about.

The last thing I would like to do is thank all the people and companies that donated to the Children’s Hospital and made it possible for me to exceed my fundraising goal including Bachus & Schanker, LLC.

This year the Courage Classic raised over $2.5 million. This has been such an amazing experience I am considering coming back next year after all my bruises heal and with a little more training.

Ellaura Harris

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