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Ruthless Performance Ride America – Update 1

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In order to more efficiently communicate with the RPRA Sponsors, donors, and supporters, I will be putting out a weekly update with new information, FAQs, and more about the ride.

Have any questions about the ride? Reach out on our Contact Page.


1. Bike I’ll Be Riding

Boxed Long Haul Trucker.jpgI can always tell who has experience in cycling based off of this… I’ve noticed cyclists tend to be gearheads about their bikes–and for good reason. I’ll be riding a modified Surly Long Haul Trucker. The Long Haul Trucker is considered to be the ‘Gold Standard of Touring Bikes’ making this an ideal candidate to support me and my gear for 43 days on the road.


2. Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities

One of our business affiliates, CrossFit Hereafter, has agreed to let us host a class to support the RPRA. On Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, we’ll be running a ‘Sunday Morning Mobility and Weekend Recovery’ workout series.

Any of our athletes who have experienced our corrective protocols will have at least a slight understanding of the nature of the class. The description for the class is as follows:

The class will consist of a series of mobility exercises, activation drills, core exercises, and correctives in general. Although this will mostly be bodyweight exercises and stretches, it will be formatted in a way to elevate your heart rate and provide a full-body workout.

If you’re unsure if you’ll like it, don’t worry, the class is free to attend. There is a suggested $20 donation to support the 4,000 mile ride and the charities that the ride benefits.

Although this workout series will be on-going throughout the summer, it will not be every single sunday. The schedule for the Sunday Morning Mobility and Weekend Recovery class is listed below.

Sundays at 10:00 AM on the Following Dates:

June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 21
Aug 4
Aug 11

3. Logistical Updates

The RPRA route is largely predicated upon the existing Adventure Cycle Route Network as the backbone for the ride. From the start, I’ll be riding along the Western Express Bike Route which will encompass the first 18 days of my trip. From the end of the Western Express in Pueblo, CO, I’ll pick up the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.

The TransAmerica will be my home for the following few weeks until I diverge from the route to head north on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

Beyond Skyline Drive, there are just a handful of bike routes which will take me to my ultimate destination in Pottsville, PA.

In all, I’ll be averaging about 90 miles / day for the duration of the trip. The entirety of the trip will take 43 days to get from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to Garfield Square in Pottsville, PA.

4. Foster with Back in Black Dog Rescue

Love dogs but not ready to commit to raising and caring for a dog long-term? Back in Black Dog Rescue’s distributed network of foster volunteers is always in need.

As a foster you’ll care for a pup until its ready to move-in or be adopted to its furever home.

Contact Chivon Murray at for more information.

5. Sponsors Wanted!

To help us reach our fundraising goals, we’re actively seeking business partners to sponsor the ride, helping us defray some of the costs, pay for promotional materials, and more.

Interested in sponsoring? Reach out to us on the aforementioned contact page. You can also donate in smaller increments to the ride’s GoFundMe

Sponsor Request

The Ruthless Performance Ride America: a 3,900-mile Cycle for Charity.

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John Matulevich, owner of Ruthless Performance will be bicycling cross-country for Hillside SPCA and Back in Black Dog Rescue with the goal of raising $10,000 and awareness for Hillside SPCA and Back in Black Dog Rescue. 

The unsupported, 3,900-mile cycle will begin at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, August 24th and end at the Garfield Square in Pottsville, PA on Saturday, October 5th. 

Over the course of this ride, John will be averaging almost 100 miles per day over a variety of terrain and topography. The route includes various difficulties like traversing “The Loneliest Road in America” (U.S. Highway 50), crossing Moab desert, climbing to elevations of more than 11,500 feet in the Rocky Mountains, and strong headwinds in the great plains. 

The route will follow a combination of several well-known bike routes; initially the ride will follow the Western Express Bicycle Trail to Pueblo, CO where the trail meets with the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. The route will diverge from the TransAmerica trail in Virginia on the Blue Ridge Parkway. From there, the route will take the 120 mile Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park to Front Royal Virginia. From Front Royal, the last 200 miles of the route will be comprised of a series of state routes and farm roads until reaching the final destination point in Pottsville, PA.

Over the final 3 days, local cyclists will begin to accompany John for the final segments of the ride. On the last day of the ride, the cyclist will be accompanied by a motorcycle and firetruck escort from Pine Grove, PA into Pottsville. Immediately after the riders cross the finish line in Garfield Square, a reception with food, drinks, and a chinese auction will be held.

For more details on the events occuring on the day of the ride-in, be sure to follow along on the event’s Facebook page. 

Both beneficiaries, Hillside SPCA and Back in Black Dog Rescue are 501(c)(3) non-profits. To learn more about their work, visit and follow their Facebook pages: Hillside SPCA  and Back in Black Dog Rescue.

The event is being outfitted by Dn’A Bikes  in Tamaqua. For corporate sponsorship, fundraising events, or more info, send inquiries to

You can also follow along with updates and more on the event’s Facebook Page.

Donate to the event directly on the Ruthless Performance Ride America GoFundMe page.