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Rider dies during Courage Classic Bike Tour

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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.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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