PBMA is back after an unexpected week off, and we are excited to introduce you to our latest Mechanic of the Week, Kurt Johnson, of Riverside Cycle in Haverhill, Massachusetts!
For those of you just tuning into #mechanicmonday, this is where we feature one mechanic each week, chosen at random from nominations submitted the week before. It’s all about mechanics supporting fellow mechanics – even behind the scenes, where we are proud to say that our Mechanic of the Week is presented by none other than Abbey Bike Tools and the Friar himself!
Kurt Johnson is not only a great mechanic and a fixture of New England cyclocross racing, but he is also an awesome human being. Kurt is a tireless advocate for recreational and competitive cycling in all disciplines, especially for the youth and women’s categories. His son, Matthew, is an elite junior mountain bike racer for Riverside Racing, and Kurt (like any great dad!) is Matthew’s biggest supporter. Until this year, Kurt was a director of and mechanic for the Ladies First p/b Milton CAT cyclocross program, where he supported “a developmental team of young women racers from New England who are looking to step up to the next level of racing.”
If you’ve ever been to a cyclocross race in New England, you’ll recognize Kurt as the loudest and most supportive guy in the pits, the guy with cowbells carabiner-clipped onto his belt, and the guy who’s usually hoarse by the end of the first day of a weekend-long race. Kurt Johnson is definitively one-of-a-kind, and everyone – fellow mechanics, athletes, officials, race promoters, spectators, and all of us at the PBMA – loves him for it.
For everyone reading this at home, we encourage you to join the #MOTW conversation: Post a picture of YOUR favorite mechanic and tag us @probicyclemech, #probma, or #mechanicmonday, or nominate him or her to be featured in next week’s post!
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