KUSA- For the first time in its 24-year history a rider has died at the Courage Classic Bike Tour.
Four-time Courage Classic participant Mr. William F. "Rick" Lester died on Saturday while participating in the 24th annual Courage Classic bicycle tour benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado.
The 61-year-old Colorado Springs businessman suffered a medical aliment. He later died.
The CEO of Children's Hospital released a statement about Lester's death.
"We are truly saddened beyond what words can express, " said Jim Shmerling. "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. "
9NEWS sports reporter Susie Wargin says it's the first death in the 24 years of the Courage Classic.
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