MudFund signs on as title sponsor of Derby City Cup


Louisville, Ky. (September 24, 2013) — The Derby City Cup, a key race on the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), is pleased to announce a title sponsor agreement with the Tim Johnson MudFund. This partnership will bring elite UCI men’s, women’s and junior’s racing back to Eva Bandman Park on Nov. 9 and 10. The MudFund is a junior and U23 scholarship initiative started by multi-time national champion, Tim Johnson. In its role as title sponsor the MudFund is also pledging it’s support for youth cyclocross by waiving all entry fees for all riders in the UCI juniors category during both days of competition.

the Derby City Cup is now sponsored by Tim Johnson MudFund
The Derby City Cup is now sponsored by Tim Johnson's MudFund. (Photo by Wil Matthews)
"The MudFund is supporting Louisville so junior cyclocross riders can race for free and the U.S. can continue to develop our younger riders to compete internationally," said Tim Johnson.

"The USGP in Louisville started something great, but the world championships did something historic for all of us," continued Johnson. "I'm really excited to see Eva Bandman Park being used as what it was designed for - truly world class cyclocross racing!"

The 2013 Derby City Cup weekend marks the first time elite-level racing will be held in Louisville since the UCI Cyclocross World Championships were held at Eva Bandman this past February. “The MudFund has stepped up in a big way to keep the momentum going in Louisville,” said race promoter Joe Czerwonka. “We’re very excited to be working with Tim to support junior cycling development in the U.S., and to help promote his great organization.”

On Friday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m., Johnson will host a free clinic for junior and U23 boys and girls at the Eva Bandman race venue. He will offer young riders a skills clinic, followed by a few hot laps on course. Stay tuned for details.

About The MudFund
The Tim Johnson MudFund is a charitable organization that offers scholarships to deserving high school and college student athletes for domestic and international cyclocross competition. Through the support of a generous sponsor, the MudFund is able to expand on its mission and support the Louisville cyclocross race, ensuring the Louisville race occurs and Junior and U23 racers have an opportunity to race at one of the country's best cyclocross venues.

The MudFund was established through proceeds from the sales of Das Pro und The Rookie, a full-length Kickstarter-funded DVD Johnson filmed with Chandler Delinks and Todd Prekaski during the 2010-11 season. It is currently accepting applications for the first of two rounds of scholarships for junior and U23 boys and girls seeking financial assistance for the 2013-14 cyclocross season. To apply, visit

The MudFund Derby City Cup UCI and OVCX race weekend is scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10, with pre-registration opening Friday, Sept. 27. For more details, visit

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