Tim Johnson’s Wachusett Fondo was HOT HOT HOT but so was the fun!

Minuteman Road Club, MassBike, and Tim Johnson would like to take a moment to thank all of the riders that braved the heat and humidity on Saturday. While the excessive heat warning led to some riders deciding to stay home, those of you that came out made the day incredibly special. Thankfully both routes provided ample shade from the direct sun and everyone made it back safely.

Tim Johnsonn's Wachusett Grand Fondo getting underway.
The Fondo gets under way!

The Tim Johnson Wachusett Fondo would not be possible without the support of our partners. The continued support that Wachusett Brewery provides Minuteman Road Club is immeasurable. As our organization has continued to grow and evolve so has Wachusett Brewing. This years addition of the new Brew Woods was a true game changer for the event. Following the incredible effort of the day riders had plenty of space and shade while being treated to amazing beer, food, and live music. It will be exciting so see Wachusett’s next expansions in the coming months. Please visit Wachusett Brewing’s website for more details about upcoming events and performances. https://www.wachusettbrewingcompany.com/

Once again we got rave reviews for the post ride meal provided by The Farmacy Cafe. Often times following a hot and steamy ride the last thing we want is a heavy meal. The organic rice bowls with an array of pickled vegetables and flavors not only refueled but also satisfied many depleted bodies. Please consider stopping by The Farmacy Cafe at their shipping container in the Seaport district of Boston and make sure to check out their upcoming expansion on High Street Place in the Financial District. https://farmacyboston.com/

Also new for this year was live music provided by InClover out of Keene, New Hampshire. Their upbeat energy and fun lively covers made the post ride party in the Brew Woods that much more exciting and relaxing. Many of you were asking about booking InClover for gigs and private parties. Please visit their Facebook page for booking information and upcoming dates. https://www.facebook.com/InClover-73967517792/

Kenny Ambach and that sweet Volvo from NRS and Events for mid ride mechanical support www.nrsandevents.com/

Once again Katie Busick Photography made all of us look good even when we were all cracking in the heat. In the Mount Rushmore of New England cycling Katie definitely has a space on that wall. Her contributions to the sport alone are impressive. It isn’t until you get a chance to speak with Katie that you discover her true passion for supporting cyclists. Please visit Katie’s SmugMug page to view all of her pictures from Saturday. Please consider buying a print to commemorate the good times and sweaty memories from the Fondo. https://katiebusick.smugmug.com/

Obviously this event would not be possible without a tremendous amount of volunteer support. Whether it was marking the course Friday, helping at registration, manning rest stations, working as parking marshals, or acting as ride leaders and sweepers, this ride would not happen without a small army of help. The riders and families of Minuteman Road Club riders in addition to our friends and family at MassBike made this into such an incredibly special day. It is also important to thank the towns that allowed us to access their roads and infrastructure to put on this event. A particular shout out needs to go to Brian Tanguay at the Templeton Historic Society. Not only did the Historic Society provide us with a shady spot but the antique bikes brought the stop to the next level.

Finally we need to thank YOU the riders! Saturday was not an easy day to get out for a ride. Days like Saturday galvanize our community and make us stronger as a whole. Moving forward please remember those positive messages throughout the day of community and togetherness. The roads can be a daunting and at times scary place for riders. Look after one and other and continue to work for bicycle advocacy with community leaders. Please consider getting involved with our partners at MassBike to help make the roads not only safer for us, but for future generations. https://www.massbike.org/

Thank you! We look forward to seeing all of you, and hopefully a couple of hundred new friends next July at the third annual Tim Johnson Wachusett Fondo.

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: https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/8715.

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

Any questions direct them to John Steiger jbsteiger13@gmail.com 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   http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/145885209

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 https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/8715.

Thanks and looking forward to the ride! Any questions direct them to John Steiger jbsteiger13@gmail.com or 617-312-0502.


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