Founded in 1990, Children’s Hospital Colorado Courage Classic Bicycle Tour is the single largest gathering of people coming together to raise money for Children’s Colorado.
This inspiring community is made up of grateful Children’s Colorado patients and families, dedicated caregivers from the hospital and the community, loyal donors who believe in our mission, and corporate partners investing in kids’ health in the places they do business.
With each pedal of the wheel, 2,000 riders – supported by 300 volunteers - cycle through the beautiful Rocky Mountains and turn resilience and strength into optimism and action.
Whether you ride in, fundraise for, donate to, volunteer at or sponsor Courage Classic, your support helps provide lifesaving care for children at the region's only nonprofit pediatric hospital. You make a difference for the kids and families who depend on Children's Colorado, one mountain pass at a time.
Here's what to expect, start to finish line.
Welcome to Copper Mountain Resort! Check in to pick up your room key for your reserved lodging and parking pass. Your room will be ready by 4 p.m. If you need a quick place to park, there is 15-minute rider parking on Friday in the Beeler Lot.
Rider check-in is located in the Conference Center. You will receive a:
- Rider bag – this includes tour information and lifetime fundraising awards you’ve earned.
- Wristband – it will act as your tour ID and meal ticket for breakfast (at Copper) and lunch (on-route).
- Helmet and bike number sticker - required to be affixed to your property during the tour.
Get ready to hit the road starting at 6 a.m. Saturday morning!
You’ll see streamers, helmet bling, tandem bikes and buggies in tow. Our amazing volunteers are on course to point you in the right direction and give you that high-five you need to make the ascent to Vail Pass. Aid Stations stocked with beverages, snacks, restrooms, medical and mechanical aid are available every 8-15 miles. There’s also a lunch stop with a candy tent to keep you fueled up.
Running out of steam? Sag Wagons (large vans with bike racks) are on route each day to give you a lift up the hill, to the next aid station, or to the daily finish if you need it.
Families are not only welcome, but encouraged to join us for the weekend. Copper Mountain Resort offers endless summer activities, including scenic chairlift rides, West Lake boats, zip line, mini golf, go-karts, a climbing wall, lawn games, live music, and the new Rocky Mountain coaster. We also have fun giveaways and activities at Club Courage – a club just for kids who help other kids at Courage Classic by donating, fundraising, riding or cheering on participants in the event.
Rest your tired legs by the campfire at West Lake and enjoy the festivities throughout Copper Village. Saturday night kicks off with a welcome program celebrating team accomplishments, riders, volunteers and the impact you have on Children’s Colorado patients and families. There are s’mores, lanterns on the lake and fireworks (if the weather permits) – fun for the whole family.
The sound of cowbells and cheers will usher you to the finish line on Sunday, the last day of the tour. Children’s Colorado families and supporters line Burning Stones Plaza, holding pompoms and hand-made signs expressing encouragement and their appreciation. After you receive your medal, stick around for the Sunday finish line barbecue to celebrate your accomplishment!
It’s an emotional and inspiring Courage Classic tradition to cheer on Team Courage, made up of current and former patients and caregivers, and Club Courage kid riders as they cross the finish line together.