Cyclo-cross Superstar Leads ‘The Ride That Makes Every Bike Ride Better’
BOSTON (April 5, 2013) – On Wednesday, April 24, cyclists will embark on the third annual Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington to raise funds and awareness for People For Bikes, a national non-profit that works to improve bicycling facilities, opportunities and programs nationwide.
“We call this the ride that makes every bike ride better,” said Tim Johnson, a superstar cyclist famous for fostering the popularity of cyclo-cross in America. “Every time you see a bike path, or a bike lane or a bike program, chances are People For Bikes helped local advocates make that happen.”
Entering its third year this charity ride is no small feat. While several riders will join for a day or two, the long haul riders will ride more than 500 miles in just five days. From Boston, the riders stop in Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore before finishing in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 28. The long haul ride is by invitation only due to the swift speed and lengths of the stages.
“This is the Mount Everest of charity rides,” commented Richard Fries, a long time cycling commentator who helped co-found the event with Johnson. “Last year we had three world champions on the ride. We cruised at around 28 mph for extended periods and the distances are tough. Two of the five stages are 140-miles long.”
This ride does more than just raise funds. This ride also raises the standards of rider conduct.
“We stop at every red light and don’t swarm intersections. We never ride wider than two abreast. We ride tight to the right in a compact formation the entire time,” said Johnson, a six-time national champion who understands how poorly led bike rides can been an irritant to other road users. “During the entire ride last year, which went right through the Northeast Corridor, we had only one guy honk his horn in anger at us…. And he was driving the other direction. This year, we aim for zero angry honks.”
For more information on Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington, visit www.RideOnWashington.org.
Check out the 2012 Video here:
ABOUT TIM JOHNSON’S RIDE ON WASHINGTON
The third annual Ride on Washington is an invitational charity ride expected to raise $100,000 for People For Bikes. (www.PeopleforBikes.org).
The ride will depart Boston on April 24, Hartford on April 25, New York City on April 26, Philadelphia on April 27, and Baltimore on Sunday, April 28. All riders are required to raise funds to participate and take advantage of the support. The final 20-mile leg of the ride into Washington, however, is open for public participation and will proceed at a slow to moderate pace to accommodate riders of all abilities.