Courage Classic Returns to Lake County Saturday
The Denver Children Hospital’s Annual Courage Classic will take place this weekend, with the Saturday, July 22 ride coming through Lake County. This annual benefit ride, now in its 28th year, is held in July to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo. The 2-day, 158 mile bicycle tour travels through some of the most scenic mountain passes in the state.
And Saturday’s ride should provide some pretty spectacular scenery. Starting at Copper Mountain, the riders will ascend Fremont Pass on Highway 91 and follow the headwaters of the Arkansas River through the valley towards Leadville. From there, cyclists will pick up Highway 24 north towards Ski Cooper and take on Tennessee Pass, making their way down into Camp Hale. The day’s ride continues through Minturn, then completes the loop through Vail returning where they started at Copper Mountain. This is the first day on the 2-day tour and will have racers putting a solid 77 miles in the saddle.
The second day will take riders through Frisco, Silverthorne and Keystone, tallying another 80 miles. The Courage Classic does provide shorter routes for cyclists for each day to accommodate riders of all levels as well as families.
About The Courage Classic
The Courage Classic raises money to support the Children’s Fund for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Children’s Fund gifts allow the hospital to quickly improve the care they offer to every child who walks through our doors. Children’s Colorado served 198,564 patients in 2013, and they expect to see even more infants, kids and teens in the years to come.
First Wildflower Train This Saturday
#AllAboard for a trip to Mother Nature’s alpine garden which is coming into peak season in the high country. This Saturday, July 22 the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad will host the first of its three upcoming Wildflower and Photo Special rides. Join their experienced wildflower tour guides for a 20-minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from the “local” deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. The train ride will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive back at the depot at 1 p.m. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please. Wildflower Specials will be July 22, July 29 and August 5.
National Land Rover Rally Next Week
Lake County residents will see a surge in Land Rovers about town next week, as one of the largest rally events for the four-wheel vehicles comes to the Leadville area next Monday – Thursday, July 24-July 28. The Solihull Society will be hosting the 2017 Land Rover National Rally touting the gathering as one of “the largest event in many years.”
The Solihull Society, founded in 1991, is a Land Rover club serving Colorado and vicinity. Membership is open to all Rover enthusiasts (whether you own a Rover or not). The club is devoted to providing a social forum for Rover enthusiasts, several off-road events per year, a quarterly newsletter, and education about Rovers and their maintenance.
The Solihull Society is committed to the enjoyment, sharing of goodwill and fellowship engendered by owning a Land Rover or other four wheel-drive vehicle to engage in social, educational, and recreational activities which adhere to the Tread Lightly principles. The Club is also committed to supporting Civic activities for the betterment of the community and betterment of the environment that we use for these activities.
Here is their posted schedule of events: LINK.