My next big ride is August 4-6, when I will be riding the Courage Classic. The Courage Classic Bicycle Tour is a 3-day, 172-mile ride that travels over Snoqualmie, Blewett and Stevens Passes. Although they don’t give out the details of total elevation gain (we might not do it if we knew what we were getting ourselves into), my guess is that it will be around 15,000 feet of total gain.
Start out at Snoqualmie Ridge just off I-90. Park your vehicle for the weekend, check in at registration, and then get started on your Courage Classic adventure. Head out through North Bend to your first rest stop at Olallie State Park with the Parkland/ Spanaway Rotary. Then make the climb up Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022) through Denny Creek to a waiting lunch with the Gig Harbor Rotary. Then it’s downhill to Lake Easton with the Sunrise Rotary, then on to the finish in Cle Elum at Suncadia Resort. After dinner, hang out with your friends and enjoy the Suncadia outdoor cinema under the stars featuring The Pursuit of Happyness.
Day two starts with a leisurely pedal along the Teanaway River, past golden wheat fields and rustic farmhouses and barns. Rest your legs and get a bite to eat with the Tacoma North Rotary at Mineral Springs Resort, then make the final climb to the top of Blewett Pass (elevation 4,102) where you will enjoy a tasty meal with the Sumner and South Hill Rotaries. After lunch, enjoy the exhilarating descent to the rest stop at Ingall’s Creek with the Fife Rotary. You’re almost there! After a few miles rolling along the back roads through apple orchards you soon arrive at the finish in Leavenworth. Bring your swim gear and enjoy the afternoon on the river! After a delicious dinner, join us for a good time in the Courage Classic beer garden hosted by New Belgium Brewing Company.
Start your final day of the Courage Classic with a ride through scenic Chumstick Canyon on your way to Plain. Next, prepare yourself for the festive stop at Nason Creek rest area hosted by Clover Park, Lakewood and Tacoma South Rotaries. The climb steadily begins, but there is one more opportunity to fuel up for the summit climb with the Sumner Rotary. From here, it is four miles to the Stevens Pass Ski Resort (elevation 4,061)and lunch with the Tacoma Narrows Rotary. After lunch, enjoy the downhill to the Old Cascade Highway. Bring your camera to capture nature’s beauty along this stretch of pavement. The finish line is just ahead with lots of goodies waiting for you at the end of the ride.
The Courage Classic Bicycle Tour was created as a fundraising ride to support the Rotary Endowment for the Intervention and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. This endowment will ensure that the children in our communities and their families will never be turned away from the help they might need in the case of sexual or physical abuse.
It’s sad but true that one of every three girls and one of every five boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. Since 1988, the number of children treated for sexual abuse at Mary Bridge has increased nearly 250%.
Abuse is a cyclical phenomenon. Without early intervention and treatment, children who are abused often grow up to become abusers themselves or involve themselves with abusive partners. Now is the time to stop the “cycle” of abuse!
When you ride the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour you are helping to stop the cycle of abuse in your community. Each mile you ride and each dollar you raise will make the difference in the life of a child and his or her family. That’s why we say, “Do it for the kids!”
If you would like to donate to this cause, you can do it here.