Man dies during Colorado’s Courage Classic bike tour

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A photo of a bicycle stem, which is the portion the bike on which a 9-year-old girl became impaled in Pueblo on Aug. 21, 2012.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tragedy struck on Sunday during the Courage Classic bike tour, when 61-year-old Colorado Springs businessman William F. “Rick” Lester passed away due to a medical ailment.

This is the 24th year for the Courage Classic, which benefits Children’s Hospital Colorado. The three-day event, which covers 157-miles, begins and ends at Copper Mountain Resort.

Jim Shmerling, CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado said in a statement Sunday:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of four-time Courage Classic participant Mr. William F. “Rick” Lester.  We are truly saddened beyond what words can express. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Children’s Colorado Foundation and the entire Courage Classic team extends our deepest condolences to the Lester family and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

Lester was the founder and CEO of Target Resource Group Arts. His company profile explains that Lester started the group in 1995 after a 30-year career in entertainment marketing.

On his profile Lester said, “I paid my way through school as a singer and a dancer. A life without the arts is inconceivable to me. It is who I am.”