With the recent ringing of the closing bell at NASDAQ, Tim Johnson and his nearly 800-mile journey to raise $225,000 to end childhood poverty came to an end.
Ride On For Red Nose day consisted of two four-day rides, each one roughly 400 miles; one on the West Coast going from Santa Barbara to Las Vegas, and one on the East Coast from Boston to New York. On each ride, ex-professional cyclist Tim Johnson was joined by 20 or so other riders, including 2011 Stanley Cup Champion, Andrew Ference on the Boston-New York leg of the journey.
PeopleForBikes and Tim Johnson initially partnered on these rides to raise awareness about the need for safe bike infrastructure around the country. This year marks the first year Johnson and People for Bikes have partnered with Walgreens and Red Nose Day.
"I originally started these rides because I saw an opening for professional racers like myself to give back to the general cycling community by creating awareness around the lack of safe places to ride," said Johnson. "When Walgreens wanted to do a ride in conjunction with Red Nose Day, we all jumped at the opportunity to expand these Ride On events to an even bigger audience, and support the cause of ending childhood poverty."
"This was our 7th year of producing Ride On events with Tim and crew," said Charlie Cooper, VP of membership and development for PeopleForBikes. "These rides focus on the importance of safe bike infrastructure, show that shared respect and courtesy is essential on the road and highlight the long list of positive personal and community outcomes that bicycling generates."
The West Coast ride covered a total of 339 miles and climbed a total of 17,478 vertical feet. The East Coast ride covered 405 miles and 21,040 vertical feet. The full effort covered 744 miles, 38,518 feet of climbing (more climbing than Everest) and raised $225,000 for Red Nose Day, which goes to fight childhood poverty.
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