BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Thursday March 29 2012 12:39 PM MT—Pro racer Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington — a five-day, 535-mile group ride finishing at the National Bike Summit — raised nearly $100,000 for the Bikes Belong Foundation.
Johnson's ride was sponsored by SRAM and Volkswagen Group of America. Twenty-five riders started in Boston and rode through conditions ranging from 38-degree rain to 73 degrees at the finish. The route passed through New York City, Hartford, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Altogether about 100 riders rode at least part of the way with the group.
“This ride was truly amazing and an eye-opening experience for me,” said Johnson. “Not only did we achieve our goal for fundraising and for bike advocacy awareness, but we also rode as a large group through the most congested urban corridor in America with only positive encounters along the way. We are definitely making progress in educating Americans about the importance of bike pathways, but there is still a great deal of work to be done.”
Photo: (left to right) Volkswagen of America President and CEO Jonathan Browning, Tim Johnson and Bruno Maier, Vice President of Bikes Belong