It’s a great thing when racing, riding, and advocacy come together for good causes, and that’s exactly what happened when Tim Johnson and a small crew departed Boston on Friday, March 15. “Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington” is a ride is to raise funds and awareness for cycling advocacy, specifically “Bikes Belong.” As the ride pulled up to the Capitol building in Washington DC Tuesday afternoon, the effort had raised over $90,000. The 500 mile ride drew incredible attention from non-endemic (non-cycling) media including The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Boston Globe, and countless television stations and websites all along the route.I was the SRAM guy who was lucky enough to participate for the final three days, a mere 270 miles, startin gin NYC. The geographic goal is Washington DC, where the annual National Bike Summit played host to over 800 advoacates from across the US to cover a vast range of Cycling and Pedestrian issues and whose title sponsor was Bikes Belong.
The ride itself was like a small five day stage race, averaging over 100 miles a day until the final leg, which was a mere 40. Only 20 riders competed the entire ride, lead by Johnson. The route went through large cities, including New York and Philadelphia, as well as plenty of rural roads. A great rid for a great cause that benefits us all, thanks to Tim and the entire and incredible team that got us there.
To find out more about this great effort Google “Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington,” or visit www.bikesbelong.org.