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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2016 Kids' Criterium Monday Sept 5th (Labor Day)

The Richard Tom Foundation (RTF) is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Kids’ Crit to be held during the Dealer.com Burlington Criterium on Monday, September 5, 2016 (Labor Day). The Kids’ Crit is a non-competitive event for ages 7-10. Young cyclists will have an opportunity to ride a short portion of the Burlington Criterium circuit. A criterium is a bicycle race where cyclists ride a specified number of laps on a short course and roads are closed to vehicular traffic. Please see our brochure for the event HERE.

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”.