Ride 18 had the three core members of the Pink Lightning Team riding from Children's Hospital South Campus in Littleton to Evergreen. These three, Chris Callow, Steve Warnecke and Bryan Warnecke have put in more miles than any other riders that have joined the Courage Tour of Colorado. In fact, they decided early on that this ride was going to be an "Out-and-Back" and not just one-way to Evergreen as planned.
After assembling at Children's Hospital South, the Team rode along the C-470 path to Morrison and then up Bear Creek Road through Idledale and Kittredge. After a brief stop at BeauJo's parking lot in Evergreen, Chris, Steve and Bryan turned around and headed back down Bear Creek Canyon—which was the reward for the morning climb. The Team rode all the way back to Children's and then rode back to their nearby homes for a total of 54 miles. Meanwhile, the support team stayed in Evergreen and had a delicious creekside lunch at Cactus Jack's before driving down. It's tough work being the crew, but somebody has to do it.
The team hits the final legs Thursday, Friday and Saturday—ending with a triumphant crossing of the finish line at the Courage Classic. Come up to Copper Mountain and be part of the fun!