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TJ's Ride on Washington PR 1 Final

TJ's Ride on Washington PR 1 Final

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Five Hundred Miles; Nine States; Four Capitals; Five Days; One Cause 
Finally, a bike ride to support more bike rides…
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carmelle Druchniak, Scout PR, 603.785.8027, Carmdru@GMail.com
 
BOSTON, Mass.  (Feb. 23, 2011) -
On March 4  six-time national champion and cyclo-cross superstar TimJohnson will throw his leg over his bike for a hard training week. But he’s not riding to improve
his
 cycling; he’s riding to improve
everybody else’s
cycling. Tim Johnson will ride to raise funds and awareness for the Bikes Belong Foundation as he pedals nearly500 miles from Boston to Washington DC, the site of the 2011 National Bike Summit. Joined by other riders, Johnson will depart Boston on Friday, March 4. While a half-dozen riders will dothe entire trek, cyclists in every region will join in to escort this legendary rider in and out of themetropolitan areas. They will ride every day, hitting Providence, Hartford, New York City, Trenton,Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore, before they close out the event with a triumphant ride intoWashington DC on Tuesday, March 8. Each one of the “Long Hauler” will be asked to raise $1,000 forBikes Belong.  But the other riders are already busy raising funds and awareness for this unique event. “We want to engage governors, mayors, bloggers, reporters, schools, and other cyclists along the way,”said Johnson, who is already building support from the bike industry for this mission. “Three of thebiggest threats to our country are obesity, climate change, and our shrinking energy supplies. Bikes arepart of the solution to all three of those problems.” “Bike riders have raised millions, if not billions, to fight everything from cancer to diabetes to AIDS,” saidRichard Fries, a long time rider and advocate. “But cyclists need to realize that their own governmentfunding for bike facilities is in REAL danger of being eliminated. We want to raise funds and awarenessto continue the development of cycling facilities in America. Every study confirms that to be the mostcost effective way to improve our public health, our environment and our economy.” 
The ItineraryFriday, March 4, 2011, Boston-Hartford, 130 milesSaturday, March 5, 2011, Hartford-New York, 90 miles

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