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Team Roaring Fork prepares to tackle Courage Classic

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Team Roaring Fork may be smaller this year, but its goals remain the same – make a lot of money for Children’s Hospital in Denver and ride hard in the Courage Classic.The squad, made up of cyclists from Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Aspen, Vail, Eagle and even a few from Denver, has only 21 members this year – compared to 38 last year – but it’s not for lack of interest.”We had more on tap, but we ran out of time,” said Pat Bohman, a Team Roaring Fork and Courage Classic veteran.The Courage Classic, a 154-mile ride over Vail Pass, then down the bike path from Copper Mountain to Dillon and then up Fremont Pass, sold out early as it hit its 2,500-rider capacity.The race will take place July 21-23, and Team Roaring Fork is still looking for donations. The Courage Classic, which benefits Children’s Hospital, asks riders to raise at least $150 each, but Team Roaring Fork asks its members to raise $250.Last year, the team collected $19,000, and each year the race raises about $2 million for the hospital. A key member of the team is 18-year-old Kelsey Bohman, a cancer survivor who received treatment at Children’s. Kelsey, Pat’s daughter, has now made it a little more than six years cancer free.Kelsey graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in the spring and will attend Colorado State University to become a child life specialist to be like the people at Children’s who helped her.Pat and Kelsey have been training together frequently.”It is getting so fun. She is getting to be a good little rider,” Pat said of her daughter. “I am finding it hard to keep up with her.”Anyone interested in donating can visit the Courage Classic Web site at www. couragetours.com/2007/teams/theroaringforks or go to http://www.kelseyskids.com.


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