While he’s been competing in cyclocross – punishing hour-long track races over rugged terrain – for a decade, American rider Tim Johnson has established himself over the past two years as one of the sport’s all-time best. That’s what happens when you win back-to-back U.S. Cyclocross National Championships. In 2008, he was also the U.S. Grand Prix points champ and star of hit documentary, The 9 Ball Diaries.
His secret? “I’m not that big, physically, but I can take a beating,” he explains. “I try to race smart and save a little for when it really counts.” Intense training helps. In the spring and summer, Tim competes in road races to stay tuned for the cyclocross season, which takes place in the colder months. Top-notch equipment is also key. “Showing up to a race with three bikes that can handle anything, and a team that keeps them good to go, is a big advantage,” says Tim. He relies on his mentor and friend, mechanic Stu Thorne, to make sure that happens.
“I see a lot of potential in the sport. I do clinics at events around the country, and I try to be as available as possible to anyone who has just jumped into the sport. If I can share it with others, I feel I’m paying back a bit.”
Tim's career has been a story of onwards and upwards: his most recent achievement saw him complete the first winter ascent of Mount Washington, in New Hamphshire, USA, on a bicycle.