Pictured is Ivan Teper, a cyclist suffering from leukemia and anemia, participating in the 45th annual Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hills Climb in Denver. Named after five-time winner Bob Cook, who died from cancer in 1981, the 28-mile bike race begins at an elevation of 7,500 feet above sea level and tops out at 14,130 feet at Mt. Evans’ peak. Sponsored by Laticrete, Teper was one of more than a thousand riders at the race. He completed the grueling course in 4 hours and 29 minutes. Though he didn’t place, he said the experience would remain with him.
“It was a brutal ride,” said Teper. “I can remember looking up toward the top of this barren rocky outcrop and I could see the small figures of bikers zigzagging their way towards the clouds. For the last hour, I was so tired I couldn’t reach down and grab my water bottle for a drink. When I crossed the finish line, I put my bike down and cried like a baby.”