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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 Tim Johnson 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 nearly 500 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 do the entire trek, cyclists in every region will join in to escort this legendary rider in and out of the metropolitan 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 into Washington DC on Tuesday, March 8. Each one of the “Long Hauler” will be asked to raise $1,000 for Bikes 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 the biggest threats to our country are obesity, climate change, and our shrinking energy supplies. Bikes are part 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,” said Richard Fries, a long time rider and advocate. “But cyclists need to realize that their own government funding for bike facilities is in REAL danger of being eliminated. We want to raise funds and awareness to continue the development of cycling facilities in America. Every study confirms that to be the most cost effective way to improve our public health, our environment and our economy.” The Itinerary Friday, March 4, 2011, Boston-Hartford, 130 miles Saturday, March 5, 2011, Hartford-New York, 90 miles
Sunday, March 6, 2011, New York-Philadelphia, 100 miles Monday, March 7, 2011, Philadelphia-Baltimore, 110 miles Tuesday, March 8, 2011, Baltimore-Washington, 40 miles
For more information visit the event’s Facebook page or log on to www.bikereg.com. Sponsors and Receptions At present, this event is receiving support from the Bikes Belong Foundation, Pedro’s USA, Firefly Bicycles, Red Bull, BikeReg.com, Strava.com, Rapha, Starwood Hotels, Morgan Hotels, SRAM, Cannondale, Thule, Light and Motion, Harpoon Brewery and others. Receptions will be held at the Ride Studio Café in Lexington, Mass.; the Red Rock Café in Hartford, Conn.; the Brooklyn Brewery in New York City; Triumph Brewing Co. in Philadelphia; and Twenty20 Cycling in Baltimore. The ride will conclude on March 8 at the House of Sweden, site of the Urban Press Camp.
About The National Bike Summit The 11th Annual National Bike Summit will be held March 8-10, 2011 in Washington D.C. Organized by the League of American Bicyclist with the support of the Bikes Belong Coalition, the summit draws together the leaders of the bike industry and bike advocacy. After seminars and panel discussions on several elements of improving cycling in America, attendees take to Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers in all 50 states to support legislation written to improve cycling facilities and practices. The first summit drew just 100 advocates who pushed for the passage of transportation legislation that funded hundreds of cycling projects nationwide. By 2010 that number had grown close to 1,000 attendees. Visit www.bikeleague.org for more information. About Bikes Belong Founded in 1999 as a trade organization for the bicycle industry, the Bikes Belong Coalition was created primarily to lobby Congress to support funding for bicycling facilities in America. Coming off enormous success as a trade organization, Bikes Belong created the Bikes Belong Foundation as a 501c3 non-profit to enable organizations from outside the bike business to make contributions. One of the most effective non-profits in America, Bikes Belong manages to convert every dollar it receives into $1,800 in government funding for bike paths, bike lanes, bike programs and bike facilities. Visit www.bikesbelong.org for more information.