National Day of Listening 2012: Tim Johnson talks U.S. ’cross, Red Bull

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Nov. 23, 2012
Tim Johnson was a winner in Iowa and says that consistent, high-quality broadcasting is the missing piece for U.S. cyclocross. Photo: Nate Van Der Weide |

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) is six-time U.S. cyclocross champion and was the first American to finish on the podium at ’cross worlds, as a U23 in 1999. Johnson is a member of the Cyclocross Committee for USA Cycling and on Sunday he won the main event at the Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa.

Johnson is in line to make the worlds team for the U.S. and will be a local crowd favorite when the worlds rolls into Louisville, Kentucky, in February.

Johnson spoke with us as part of our special project for Storycorps’ National Day of Listening. His interview, during which he discusses the broadcast shortcomings of U.S. cyclocross, the craziness that is being a Red Bull athlete, and his first ’cross race, appears below.


Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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