The 2019 Courage Classic was an absolutely unreal experience for me. Previous bike tours I have done have been fun but always centered around signing up, riding, go home. It's you working for you: logging miles, staying fit.
But this event is you working for the benefit of others: To benefit the kids who spend countless hours confined to a hospital for reasons they didn't ask for; To benefit the doctors, nurses and all staff that take these children under their wings to provide the outright best care for the kids of the region and for some departments, the nation; and To benefit those families that aren't fortunate enough to bring their little one home but become the greatest advocates for the professionals they place their whole hearted trust in. Finishing my 40 mile ride on Saturday last year, I was greeted by one of the kiddos whose picture i had pinned on my back. Immediately after laying my bike down, I was greeted by the biggest bear hug from the tiniest little heart hero that we know. I was hoping to have the same hug from my other kiddo on my back on Sunday but in a delirious state of crazy, we chose to ride 80 miles instead of 40 and I missed them at the finish line. If everything goes right this year, I'll be able to ride for these two little ones again.
There is no event or group of riders I have ever been around that keeps the focus on why we all get to gather together and ride through this amazing state. I am hooked. I will be completing the 2020 Courage Classic again and every year in the future as long as I am able. That is why I am asking for YOUR help. A contribution to me works to benefit everyone I listed above, I simply get the pleasure of covering the miles in an effort to pay forward your generosity.