The Wachusett Fondo p/b Minuteman Road Club is Back!

The Wachusett Fondo p/b Minuteman Road Club is back this year (reg now!) with the addition of Tim Johnson of cyclocross fame! Tim Johnson is a 6 time Cyclocross National Champion and has a multitude of other palmares in cyclocross as well as on the road, including multiple podium finishes in the CXGP, a 1st place in the Herald Sun Tour as well as wins at our very own Sterling and Harvard road races. Join Tim and get ready for some adventure as we ride through beautiful central Mass.


Gran Fondo:
A challenging route with 3-4 gravel parts heading north & west thru beautiful town commons. Complete the loop with more gravel to tackle Wachusett Mountain from the less commonly taken North Road.

Medio Fondo:
A shorter loop that is all paved but with wonderful scenery and includes an optional ascent of Wachusett Mountain via the auto road.

*Routes subject to change

The ride will start and end at Wachusett Brewing Co. Kick back after the ride and enjoy some food and beverages with your friends in the outdoor beer garden or the recently opened indoor brew yard. You can reg NOW at

Proceeds from the event will benefit MassBike. The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. MassBike works with lawmakers to create laws that make sense for the safety of all bike riders and works with state, city and town officials to enforce existing laws. They work through education and outreach to better the knowledge, awareness and skills of both bicyclists and drivers. A 501c3 non-profit, MassBike relies support from members, donors, and sponsors.

Social Media links:

Follow Minuteman Road Club on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Instagram: @minutemanrdclub
Twitter: @minutemanrdclub

Follow MassBike on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Instagram: @massbikeorg
Twitter: @massbike

Follow Tim Johnson on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Instagram: @timjohnsoncx
Twitter: @timjohnsoncx

Ride to Benefit Tom Ball Raises over $1700

Ride for Tom Ball group.

Twenty MRC members met this past Saturday morning in support of our friend, Tom Ball. Despite wet roads, the morning brought out riders that we have not seen in a while which goes to show you how our club supports a fellow member in need. The riders donated over $1,100 to The Tom Ball Support Fund and another $650 has been donated online. Tom and his family send thanks to all of you for the support.

We are planning to hold another ride (hopefully Tom will be able to be there and maybe turn the pedals!) on Friday November 23rd – stay tuned for more information.
If you have not donated and would like to, send checks made to: The Tom Ball Support Fund – mail to:

Middlesex Bank
Attn Brian Sullivan
278 Washington St
Wellesley MA 02481

or you can donate online via Everribbon at:

You can read about Tom’s accident in our forum.

Any questions direct them to John Steiger or 617-312-0502

Ride to Benefit Tom Ball: This Saturday October 20th

Tom Ball on mountain holding his bike overhead.

Many of you personally know or know of Tom Ball and his legendary cycling exploits .  He is a long time member of MRC and friend to many of us in the metro west cycling community.  Last month Tom was out for a CRW century ride and was in a horrible crash by no fault of his own. You can read his description of what happened in our forum.

Tom had just moved back to area after spending a few years in South Carolina receiving his doctorate in chiropractic medicine. While in SC he was ranked #1 in the masters division in 2011.  He also won the 2010 and 2011 South Carolina State Cyclocross Championships. Bottom line Tom is a rock star.

Tom had just started at Performance Health Center in Natick building his patient base.  Unfortunately, this accident is going to take Tom out of the game while he recovers.

We are holding this ride to help him out while he is out of work.  We ask that you to please join the ride, spread the word, and make a donation – any amount that you can donate is huge!


When: Saturday October 20th – The weather looks like it could be wet – RAIN DATE SUNDAY – PLEASE WATCH FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT

Time: Aiming for an 8 am roll out time.

Where: Shaws Plaza on Rt.117 in Stow (end of the parking lot near Dunkin’ Donuts)

Route: Oak Hill loop – about 35 miles.  See this Map My Ride link for the exact loop

Format: The pace is an easy endurance ride – try to stay in group of similar speed as much as possible.


DONATION DETAILS: We will be collecting donations before the ride. IF CAN’T MAKE IT PLEASE DONATE.

Checks made to: The Tom Ball Support Fund

Checks can be mailed to (if can’t be there this weekend):

Middlesex Bank

Attn Brian Sullivan

278 Washington St Wellesley MA 02481.

Online Donations: Click on

Thanks and looking forward to the ride! Any questions direct them to John Steiger or 617-312-0502.


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