The Rapha Jacket been won by one lucky lady and as a result many slipped into an immediate depression.
Well, I have a reason for all those losers to lift their heads up high once again.
Before I get to that, though, I want to share this: During the Ride on Washington, I rode 430 miles in 4 days.
Before the ride, ride “leader” Pete Webber sent out an email DEMANDING that everyone buy the biggest, strongest tires they could find.
"Bring 25mm tires," he shouted over email, "Maybe even 28s!"
Being the natural born leader that I am, I chose to stick with the black on black 23mm Vittoria Zaffiro Pros already mounted on my all black Cannondale Caad9 with black Zipp 101s.
Much to Mr. Webber’s dismay, I did not get a flat tire on this year’s ride.
He, on the other hand, was not as fortunate. At least he chose the right wheels…
As soon as I was back on the grid, I sent a note to Vittoria to share my accolades for this tire. The roads we rode were far from perfect (worst I’ve ridden in many areas), and still, not one flat tire.
Well, the fine folks of Vittoria have decided to show their support for the cycling community (beyond opening a new office in Boston recently) by adding a pair of ridiculously awesome tires to my TJROW fundraising pot.
Meet the Vittoria Diamante Pro 25 mm racing tire with its super-supple 220 TPI Nylon casing.
This tire rides like a tubular, but being a clincher, it spares you the hassle of gluing your fingers to your face by accident (or on purpose).
It won’t take much for you to have a chance at winning a pair of these tires…just donate $5 or more and your name is in the “hat.” No need for quotes there, really, because your name will actually go in a hat.
So, here’s a chance to support the advocacy we need to help make roads safer for us all paired with a chance at winning an amazing pair of tires.
I have a ways to go to meet my Ride on Washington fund raising goal…so I am going to sweeten the pot.
You pick the size. You pick the color. And you be happy in many weather conditions.
As riders from Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington make their way from Boston to Washington, DC generous companies and people are hosting public receptions. All receptions are open to the public, except the reception in New York City.
Please join us in a city near you. Please share this invitation with your friends, family and colleagues.
Tuesday, April 23, 8 p.m.
The Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
The Bicycle Studio, 89 Arch Street, Hartford, CT
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Private reception, New York, NY
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
The Manayunk Brewery, 4120 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Rocket to Venus, 3360 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore, MD
Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m.
Boloco, 1028 19th St. NW, Washington, DC
Thank you for your support!
Tim racing at the 2013 U.S. National Cyclocross Championships in Verona, WI
The Tim Johnson Mud Fund is proud to announce scholarship recipients for the following deserving junior and U23 racers:
- Josh Johnson
- Manny Goguen
- Peter Goguen
- Josey Weik
- Spencer Petrov
- Maghalie Rochette
- Michael van den Ham
- Turner Ramsey
The Mud Fund received 27 fantastic applications from boys & girls from across the United States & Canada, ranging in ages from 10 years old to 22 years old, who race & love cyclocross. Deciding who to award scholarships to was tough, but these 8 stood out for various reasons.
"It’s great that the Mud Fund class of ‘13 had so many applications. It shows there are some great young athletes out there. Sometimes a talented rider may take some time to show — the Mud Fund keeps young riders in the game while school, life or circumstances continue on,” said Tim Johnson.
“These kids are super talented, love racing cx and love the fun of cyclocross. Being able to support them and the future of cx is what I Cowbell Cyclocross and the Tim Johnson Mud Fund is all about,” said Patricia Dowd.
The Mud Fund will continue to raise funds for the Class of 2014 scholarships through sales of I Cowbell Cyclocross t-shirts and Tim Johnson, Chandler Delinks & Todd Prekaski’s Das Pro Und The Rookie Cyclocross DVD. Funds raised during the Louisville Foam Party will also support class of 2014 athletes. We look forward to continuing to support boys & girls and the next generation of cyclocross racers.
Mud Fund athlete, Josh Johnson (USA) competing at 2013 Worlds, Louisville, KY:
Michael Van Den Ham (Canada), competing at 2013 Worlds, Louisville, KY:
Follow us on the web:
$5 from the sale of each I Cowbell Cyclocross t-shirt goes directly into the Tim Johnson Mud Fund. T-shirts are printed using environmentally friendly inks on U.S. made American Apparel 100% cotton t-shirts and are screened by hand at RiverzEdge Arts Project in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Sales from Das Pro und the Rookie, “The Greatest Cyclocross Film Ever Made,” go to the Tim Johnson Mud Fund, a Junior and U23 Cyclocross Scholarship Fund aimed at keeping kids in the sport we all love so much. Buy yours today.
The Tim Johnson Mud Fund will be a 501(c) 3 charitable organization that offers scholarships to deserving high school and college student athletes for domestic and international cyclocross competition.