Monster Media Dedicates Win to Mesothelioma Patient Ron Hill

Monster Media Dedicates Win to Mesothelioma Patient Ron Hill

Tour De Murrieta Race Report 35+
Michael Johnson
Monster Media Racing
Three days of tough, challenging, gritty racing at the Tour De Murrieta in Southern California. This is what Monster Media Racing is all about. The TDM is one of several key stage races this season for our team. Our mission is simple: race together as a unified team, race hard, go for the win, have fun, and help raise awareness in the fight against mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos.

We started our campaign last year by sponsoring the “John Johnson Pro Men’s Criterium” at at the prestigious Dana Point Grand Prix, a race we named after my Dad, who passed away from mesothelioma. We will sponsor the same race again this year. I’m very happy that Monster Media Racing is helping us spread the word about the need to fund research to find a cure for mesothelioma.
In a stage race like the TDM, scoring points is the name of the game when the whistle blows at the start of each of the three stages. Day one consisted of a challenging time trial with a little bit of everything including a dirt section that would make or break your time or your bike. We finished with 5 guys in the top 7. My teammate Karl Bordine crushed it and ended up with the second fastest time of the day! Besting all but one in the Pro field. Karl’s ride was incredible. In an “omnium” race like the TDM, where the overall leaderboard is based on who has the most points, stacking the results helps by having cards to play going into the next two days. I was pleased to place 4th.
Day two was a six-turn criterium with a couple of bumpy turns and some stamped concrete. A windy day made for the group having the advantage over one to two riders trying to stay away in a break. The team’s goal was to cover any moves, and bring back anything threatening the overall general classification. I rode the top six places all day staying out of trouble and watching anything that looked threatening.
Stage racing requires a little more tactics due to the fact the ultimate goal is to win the overall, so the name of the game is consistency every day. A field sprint was imminent and two of us finished in the top 10. Surf City Cycles finished first and second, and I took third. The best placed general classification rider finished outside the top 10, which put me in the lead with a several point cushion.
Mr. Ron Hill

The third and final Stage was a fast 50 mile circuit race consisting of flat roads and a couple rollers. Our goal was to monitor the moves and keep any breaks down to only a few riders, making sure none of the breakaway riders were at a spot where they could threaten to take the overall lead. The race finished with a group of four staying away to the line. We had two Monster Media Racing riders out of the four and were able to score the win with James “I ride five hours a week” Gunn. My team mates gave it their all for me in the last one kilometer to keep the speed high and safe. I finished up front in the field sprint and locked up the overall win. My teammate Chris Demarchi, freshly back from a broken leg, amazingly ended up in third overall. Chris is a tough and gritty racer who never gives up.

I dedicated my win and the team’s success to Ron Hill, a recently diagnosed mesothelioma patient who was exposed to asbestos during his career as a pipefitter. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron and his lovely family this past month. I am extremely honored to be in a position, as the son of meso patient myself, to offer my help and support to Ron. He has a long and tough road ahead, but he’s a great man who is blessed with a very supportive and smart family. Monster Media Racing is here for you sir.
1st overall
1st overall team classification
2 stage wins
Michael Johnson
Fight Meso
3/13/14

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Tour De Murrieta Race Report 35+Michael JohnsonMonster Media RacingThree days of tough, challenging, gritty racing at the Tour De Murrieta in Southern California. This is what Monster Media Racing is all about. The TDM is one of several key stage races this season for our team. Our mission is simple: race together as a unified team, race hard, go for the win, have fun, and help raise awareness in the fight against mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos.We started our campaign last year by sponsoring the “John Johnson Pro Men’s Criterium” at at the prestigious Dana Point Grand Prix, a race we named after my Dad, who passed away from mesothelioma. We will sponsor the same race again this year. I’m very happy that Monster …

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