Armstrong Donates $1,000 to Joshua ‘Pro’ Hartman Fund

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Former seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has donated $1,000 to local Brooklyn, New York, cyclist Joshua ‘Pro’ Hartman‘s medical fund.

Hartman was seriously injured in a crash while competing in a qualifying heat at the Red Hook Criterium Navy Yard race on Saturday night Brooklyn, New York.

His condition is reported as stable, but he remains in an intensive-care unit in a Brooklyn hospital, according to the fundraiser.

Hartman is a young road cyclist who competes in bike races in and around New York City and rides with the Major Taylor Development Team.

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To donate, visit the GoFundMe page set up to help pay his medical expenses.

According to the site, $15,022 had been raised by 312 people within the first day.

Read more about Hartman’s situation here.

—Daniel McMahon

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Best Gran Fondos Guide for Outside Magazine Online

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The editors of Outside magazine asked me to write about the best gran fondos in the United States for their website, OutsideOnline.com, and I was only too happy to accept.

I looked around to find the best of the best big bike rides in the contiguous U.S., and in addition to some well-known fondos, I came up with a few lesser-known but still very worthy events.

Check ‘em all out here: 10 U.S. Gran Fondos That’ll Get You Rolling.

While you’re on the site, look around. They’ve got lots of great content.

I’m still dreaming of a cyclocross gran fondo …

—Daniel McMahon

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After Horrific Accident, Medical Fund Started for Joshua ‘Pro’ Hartman Who Crashed in Red Hook Criterium Navy Yard

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Joshua ‘Pro’ Hartman, a young cyclist who competes in local bike races in New York City and rides with the Major Taylor Development Team, suffered serious injuries when he crashed while racing a qualifying heat in Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium.

A fund has been set up to help pay his medical costs, which are predicted to be significant.

Hartman was taken by ambulance from the scene of the accident, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to the Kings County Hospital, where he remains in the intensive-care unit, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay his medical expenses.

On the fund-raising page, the fund’s organizers posted the following message:

This website was set up by the Major Taylor Development Team in show of support for our talented teammate Joshua “Pro” Hartman and his family during this incredible crisis. As many of you know, Joshua participated in a bike race on Saturday, June 8 and experienced a devastating crash during the qualifying rounds. He sustained multiple injuries to his face – he fractured his cheekbones, nose, and jaw. Thankfully he had on a helmet which protected his head. However when his face hit the protective railing his mouth was split open. Joshua lost a tremendous amount of blood and now remains in the ICU at Kings County Hospital.

We hope to raise lots of money to assist the family with the overwhelming medical burden they will surely incur. Joshua will need a series of surgeries to reconstruct his face. I can’t emphasize enough how critical the situation is and that your support is deeply needed.

Joshua is a fierce competitor, whose talent is equally matched in both road and track cycling. He’s the youngest member of the Major Taylor Development Team, an amateur race team, based in Brooklyn, NY. For the past two years he’s amazed all of us competing in countless races throughout the Tri-State area. Not only does he compete at the Jr. Level he also competes as a Cat-3 on the track and Cat-5 on the road. Last summer 2012, he placed first in the Floyd Bennett, Mango Seed Summer Series along with placing 3rd in the Lucarelli & Castaldi Series in Prospect Park all at the tender age of 14 years old.

Joshua is an exceptional talent and we love him dearly. We have all the confidences that he will be on the mends in no time. In the meantime, WE REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Your donation will enable him to have the countless reconstructive surgeries needed to change his life and his ability to thrive in the future.

The goal is to raise $200,000. As of this writing, $4,263.00 had been raised in just nine hours.

Very best wishes go out to Hartman and his family and friends from cyclingreporter and the rest of the New York City racing community and beyond for a complete and speedy recovery.

Please consider donating what you can to help with Hartman’s medical costs. It takes only a minute and every contribution, however big or small, really helps.

To donate, or to learn more, go the GoFundMe page here: http://www.gofundme.com/391r54

—Words by Daniel McMahon. Photo courtesy of Major Taylor Development Facebook Page.

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