Longstanding partnership has raised more than $1.2 M to transform lives and help people with Parkinson’s live well today
Boulder, Colo. — Based at Copper Mountain in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the famous Copper Triangle Aug. 3 is a Colorado classic. This crown jewel of road rides is graced with breathtaking scenery, gorgeous tarmac and three climbs over 10,000 feet, each with a timed segment.
Every year thousands of riders flock to Copper Mountain. But one reason to participate is unrelated to the geography or spectacular riding. There is an equally awe-inspiring cause associated with Copper Triangle, nurtured over many years of partnership with the Davis Phinney Foundation.
Over the years of the Copper Triangle’s collaboration with the Davis Phinney Foundation, the event has donated more than $1.2 million to support the foundation’s educational mission to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. Additionally, the Davis Phinney Foundation’s Team DPF is fielding a team of more than 30 fundraising riders at the Copper Triangle. With extra support from Roll Massif organizers and Team DPF staff, these riders — including several with Parkinson’s Disease — will test themselves on the dramatic course, and raise thousands of dollars through their peer-to-peer fundraising efforts.
“We’re extremely thankful for the partnership with Roll Massif and the Copper Triangle,” said Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist and founder of the Davis Phinney Foundation. “The foundation would not be where it is today, reaching over 300,000 individuals and families each year, without their outstanding support. Together we’ve literally changed what it means to live well with Parkinson’s.”
The Copper Triangle course is a spectacular 79-mile loop that crests three Colorado mountain passes — Fremont Pass (elevation 11,318’), Tennessee Pass (elevation 10,424’) and Vail Pass (elevation 10,666’). The route incorporates three ski areas, and features historic mining outposts including Camp Hale, the training ground for the famous 10th Mountain Division. The total elevation gain for the course is 6,500 feet.
One Team DPF rider is Steve Quam, a volunteer ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation. Steve travels from his home in South Carolina every year to participate in the Copper Triangle event. A retired musician and music teacher, with a grey blond ponytail trailing his helmet, Steve has Parkinson’s and volunteers his time to help others navigate the complexities of the disease. He annually makes the trek to Colorado to ride and cheer others in the Copper Triangle. This year to acclimatize and break things up, Steve will be staying in Leadville, to split the ride into attainable goals.
“Riding with Team DPF at Copper is like a family reunion. It’s all about living well, inspiring others, having fun, supporting a cause and connecting with community,” Steve said. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
About Roll Massif — Roll Massif offers iconic courses from Alpine terrain to the Colorado National Monument, with a range of distances and challenges to suit most abilities. They don’t have categories: You choose your course, how you want to ride it and with whom you want to ride.
For some, just finishing the long course is an achievement. More seasoned cyclists race the timed segments. And everybody enjoys surfing the energy of the group. The sportives range from 500 to 7,000 riders, including Elephant Rock, Tour of the Moon, Wild Horse Gravel and Sunrise to Sunset.
The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The organization’s focus is to provide programs and resources that offer inspiration, information and tools that enable people living with Parkinson’s to take action that can immediately improve their quality of life. Parkinson’s is the No. 2 neurodegenerative disease — second to Alzheimer’s — and affects more than 1 million people in the United States. The Foundation’s work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each year.
Team DPF is the grassroots fundraising community that supports the Davis Phinney Foundation through participation in a wide range of athletic and community-based events. With a focus on fun, personal empowerment and fundraising for Parkinson’s, Team DPF welcomes all ages and abilities. With roots in cycling, Team DPF also extends to runners, climbers, swimmers, hikers, community events and more. Team DPF is sponsored by: Primal, AltRed, SCRATCH Labs, BOCO Gear, The Sufferfest, Baker Insurance and Boulder Neurological and Spine Associates. Visit dpf.org to learn more.