Over the weekend, PlanOmatic donated $600 and had the pleasure of participating in the 2016 Courage Classic, a biking event that strives to raise money for sick children through Children’s Hospital Colorado.
The charity ride took place at Copper Mountain in Colorado and hosted around 2,000 riders with 300 volunteers. The two day bike tour offered a couple different route options each day, offering a 40 mile ride and an 80 mile ride.
CTO, Arie Covrigaru, and Operations Coordinator, Avi Covrigaru biked 40 miles from Copper Mountain, to Vail and back. The ride took about 4 hours in total, not including a lunch break in between. The route was a combination of upward peaks, and downward slopes.
“The most difficult part of the ride for me was the steep incline in the dead center of Vail Pass. I struggled to keep peddling on my lowest gear while I watched people dismount and walk. At certain points I had to stop and stretch in order to keep my legs fresh. As grueling as the ride was at this stage, it was moments like this that gave me the sense of accomplishment I felt upon completion,” says Avi.
Though the trail was difficult at points, the PlanoTeam also enjoyed moments of peace and beauty which made it a success. Arie claims, “There was a lot of excitement about this ride. Most riders were CU Children hospital employees and their families. The village at Copper was as full, as colorful and as lively as I have seen it during snowboard season. In addition, the landscape was majestic and I enjoyed it tremendously, when I was not busy paddling uphill.”
PlanOmatic had a great journey and we intend on participating again next year! To learn more about the Courage Classic, visit their website: