Our Mission

The Richard Tom Foundation was created to honor Richard Tom who lost his life while cycling near his home in Vermont.

The Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of cyclists of all ages including making resources available so that all may discover adventure and joy on roads and trails.

The Foundation also supports educational and advocacy programs to advance the cause of safe roads for all who use them.

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Richard's Ride May 20th 2017 in:


The 2nd Annual Richard Tom Foundation Kids' Criterium

The 2nd Annual Richard Tom Foundation Kids' Criterium was held on Labor Day Sept 5th, 2016 during the Dealer.com Burlington Criterium. With Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger presiding, young cyclists participated in the non-competitive event.

Richard's Ride - May 21, 2016

Kindred spirits united by bikes and the cause of remembering. Old pals and new friends gathered together for adventures on two wheels with gears grinding and smiles shining.   Richard’s Ride. The day of Richard’s Ride began with a warm melody. Just as the sun was breaking through and the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, with simple Hawaiian ukulele strings, came on the radio and spoke of Richard at the start of the day. Richard's Ride brought together a group of cycling loving folks.

The Richard Tom Foundation is raffling off a brand new 2013 Trek Madone ProjectONE 56 cm road bike which has been kindly donated by Earl's Cyclery and Fitness. This bike's build and paint scheme was selected by Richard Tom when he worked at Earl's.  The bike has Trek's KAMMTAIL Virtual Foil 600 Series OCLV made in the USA carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra mechanical drivetrain with a compact crank, 12-25 cassette, Bontrager RXL stem, headset, Bontrager RL steerer, Bontrager Paradigm RL saddle, Bontrager RL clincher wheels and Bontrager R3 tires.  It is an e2 fit with a metallic blue/metallic silver/black paint scheme.  As you can see from the photos of the bike it is, as Richard would say, STUNNING !!!  We are limiting the raffle to 100 tickets and the raffle will stay open until 100 tickets are sold. Register to Win HERE: https://www.bikereg.com/richard-tom-foundation-bike-raffle

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Richard’s Story

Richard Tom was the most devoted and passionate ambassador to cycling many have ever known. The Richard Tom Foundation was formed following the tragic loss of Richard when he was struck by a speeding vehicle near his home in Vermont on a peaceful Sunday morning, April 26, 2015. Richard was beloved by many in the Vermont cycling community, because of his genuine warmth, thoughtfulness and passion to inspire and motivate cyclists of all disciplines and ages.

RTF Bristol 4th of July Parade

RTF had an impressive showing for its first “public” event at the 2015 Bristol 4th of July parade in Vermont, one of the largest parades in the state. It was fantastic! After a whirlwind of logo, sticker, and banner creation and people collecting, we became “official” and put it to the test. Led by our banner “Richard Tom Foundation – Supporting the safety and adventure of cycling for all”, 18 adults and 12 kids from 6-year olds gathered with bikes adorned with signs: “Let’s have fun on bikes” - “Think and Ride” - “More Bike Lanes” - “We love safe roads” – and the eminent motto “Love Life, Love Bikes, Love Richard”.