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Courage Classic to raise more funds, fortitude than ever

Joelle Milholm
Post Independent Staff

It’s back and it’s bigger than ever.

Team Roaring Fork, a valley cycling team that races annually in the Courage Classic, is once again pedaling to be one of the top teams in the Copper Mountain competition July 22-24.

Last year, Team Roaring Fork carried 32 riders on its roster. This year, there are already 50 and it is still accepting more riders.

“This year it is getting bigger. (There are) people from Aspen, Glenwood, Rifle, and Denver,” said team member Pat Bohman.

In 2005, more than 2,000 riders raced in the event, which benefits Children’s Hospital in Denver, and the same numbers are expected this year. As the second-largest fundraising event for the hospital, the race brings in around $2 million. Chipping in toward that figure, Team Roaring Fork members are asked to raise at least $250 each to participate in the race ” going above and beyond the race’s individual desired donation of $150.

The team has a lot of motivation to climb hills and make its way through the 157-mile course, as one of its riders, 17-year-old Kelsey Bohman, is a cancer survivor. After discovering she had leukemia when she was 11 and battling through chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants at Children’s Hospital, Kelsey has now been cancer free for 51⁄2 years. She will now ride in the race, as she did last year, alongside many of the doctor’s who helped treat her.

“A lot of Kelsey’s doctors and some of the research people that were involved with her at Children’s Hospital ride for our team,” said Kelsey’s mother Pat Bohman. “The ride is just the greatest. People get scared to do it and for me it is really easy because after being (at Children’s) and seeing a bunch of bald-headed kids and seeing what they deal with and the way they have to work at things ” this ride is easy.”

In 2005, Team Roaring Fork was the fourth largest team and took fifth place for the amount of money raised. This year, the team is hoping to make more money and finish first in the fundraising category.

Everyone on the squad cycles through each and every mile of the course, but all ride at their own pace ” focusing on supporting a good cause and appreciating being able to compete in the race.

“For me this ride is all about the kids,” Bohman said. “There’s other supporters from survivors to family members to doctors, serious riders to people riding for fun. It’s a ride for everyone.”

For more information about donating to the team or joining it, e-mail the Bohmans at kelseyskids@sopris.net.


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