Giro Hold Fast gloves support true junior cycling legend

Rad Racing's Jim Brown needs all our help. Time to lend a hand

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The man himself, Rad Racing's Jim Brown and his life mantra.

The man himself, Rad Racing’s Jim Brown and his life mantra (click to enlarge).

Point blank, whether you’re in need of a new pair of gloves or not, y’all ought to pull the trigger on a pair of these bad boys.

Back story: Washington state-based Rad Racing is one of the country’s premier junior cycling development programs. The driving force behind Rad Racing is a guy named Jim Brown. And right now Jim needs all our help. In May 2015, Jim visited his doctor to look into a recent bout of shortness of breath following a gran fondo. He was given the news that he had lung cancer, specifically advanced adenocarcinoma.

To help make a bad situation better, friends of Jim have set up the Hold Fast for Jim Brown Fund to help cover expenses he encounters as he pursues the best and most advanced treatment available. Jim has recently completed round 16 of chemotherapy treatment for adenocarcinoma with the results showing the disease minimized and stabilized.

Pick up a pair of these gloves and help out a truly great cause.

Pick up a pair of these gloves and help out a truly great cause (click to enlarge).

“My dream has been interrupted by an unwelcome guest,” he wrote in a message to friends and vowed to escort the uninvited from the party. He looked to the HOLD FAST tattoo on his knuckles, a nautical term referring to the importance of securing a ship’s rigging heading into storm and a reference to his service in the U.S. Coast Guard, and drew resolve to stay the course of the dream he had been living prior to diagnosis. His dedication to recovery and positive approach have only served to bolster his reputation as a role model.

Indeed, at the heart of everything Rad Racing is Jim Brown, who has directed the Rad Racing NW Junior Cycling team for nearly two decades and is also the driving force behind the Rapha NW Classic Juniors Stage Race, now in it’s fifth year.

Jim also continues to work as captain of medical services for the Olympia, Washington, fire department, while wrangling his own three kids. He recently completed the Sea Otter Classic medio gran fondo — and coached a full squad of racers throughout the weekend.

Just a fraction of the kids that Jim Brown has mentored over the years.

Just a fraction of the kids that Jim Brown has mentored over the years (click to enlarge).

The kids of Rad Racing drew inspiration from HOLD FAST and drew Sharpie tattoos on their own knuckles for races, rides, or just to send a note to Jim through social media. Parents soon joined in and the HOLD FAST double knuckle salute became a common site in the Rad world.

Giro, a long-time sponsor of Rad Racing, came up with this great glove idea and worked with Jim’s tattoo artist to create these gloves. The Giro Hold Fast Glove is built on Giro’s DND Glove, a simple, durable glove for everyday riding. Jim’s response upon seeing the design: “So Rad.”

Former pro racer Tim Johnson is on board.

Former pro racer Tim Johnson is on board (click to enlarge).

You can help keep this mission moving forward by throwing down for a pair of these special gloves. Place orders at www.theathleticcommunity.com. Cost is $40 and all proceeds from sales are donated to the foundation.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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