Jesse Anthony Rides First Stage of Amgen Tour of California “Boston Strong”

Hand painted frame commemorates victims of Boston Marathon Bombing

The 10th anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California is a monumental event, but America’s top stage race will be extra memorable to Beverly, Massachusetts native Jesse Anthony, thanks to a very special bicycle. A custom painted “Boston Strong” Diamondback Podium Equipe, designed and painted to commemorate the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, was Anthony’s steed in yesterday’s first stage of the tour. The team will auction off the bike later this year for charity, with proceeds benefiting the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. 

“It’s really special for me to ride this bike for many reasons,” said Anthony. “Being a Boston native, I really value the nature of the city, especially in our sense of pride in community. When terrorists attacked the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, the whole city was beyond shocked. So many people had friends and family who were deeply affected by this tragedy, but people banded together to support each other and work toward the greater good. This was really touching to me, and to represent that attitude within my team and at this race is a great privilege.”   

The frame art, created by Circuit Sport’s in-house design team and brought to life by Minnesota painter Brad Galvin, takes visual cues from Boston’s iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. The bicycle will be retired from racing after its ceremonial ride in California, to be kept in pristine condition for its future auction.

“It is a challenge to devise an appropriate memorial for such a tragic event,” said Circuit Sport Creative Director Sam Wiebe. “When we started looking for design inspiration from within Boston, the Leonard P. Zakim bridge immediately stood out. Zakim was a civil rights leader who championed ‘building bridges between peoples’. The bridge’s cable-stayed design itself is unique, and really symbolized strength and unity to us.”

The Boston Strong bike is the team’s second hand painted bike at the Amgen Tour of California, with both bikes destined for charitable benefit. Phil Gaimon’s “Cookie Bike” will eventually be donated to the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, and the Boston Strong bicycle will make its way to a future auction by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. 

PHOTO © SAM WIEBE

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