Finish line best part of Courage Classic |

Finish line best part of Courage Classic

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Courage Classic is a three-day, 157-mile bike ride through the Colorado Rockies to support Children’s Hospital July 26-28. In the last 17 years, it has raised nearly $17 million for the hospital, which uses funds from the event to help fund its Handicapped Sports Program and for general operational support of the hospital.

For the ride, 19-year-old cancer survivor Kelsey Bohman will be riding her Lemond Zurich bicycle she received as a gift from the hospital for speaking at a fundraiser while she was an ambassador.

Climbing Vail Pass after ascending Tennessee Pass and Battle Mountain on the first day is Kelsey’s toughest part of the ride.

“I never make it there [Vail Pass] until the heat of the day,” she confided. “I always start up and ask myself if I really want to climb the pass or if I want to get in the sag wagon, a van that patrols for tired riders. Somehow I always get the willpower to stay on my bike. I get one-third of the way up, and I ask myself why I am doing this. It always feels so good when you get to the top, and that is when I know why I did it.”

The finish line is a relief and her favorite part of the ride.

“When you get close to the finish line, you can hear the music, cowbells and the roar of the cheering. Even though your legs were burning for the past three days, they are not anymore. There is a very short steep climb and once you get over that, the finish line is in sight. You pedal through and kids hand you a medal.”

Kelsey enjoys seeing some of her medical crew at the finish line, who are there to give out congratulatory hugs.

This year, she’ll have friends Kari Nesbit of Silt Mesa, Cassie Brickell of Glenwood, Allison Gohl of Westminster and her mother and father riding with her in the team called the Roaring Forks.

To donate to Kelsey’s goal of reaching $8,000 for the Courage Classic, go to, click on “donate,” in the next screen click “find a rider,” then type in Kelsey Bohman. Or you can take your donation to any Alpine Bank. The fundraising account is called “Courage Classic Benefit Children’s Hospital.” Make checks payable to The Children’s Hospital.

All donations to The Children’s Hospital go through The Children’s Hospital Foundation, which will send a receipt for tax purposes to all donors whose names and addresses are known.

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