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 2017

Richard's Ride - May 20, 2017

This event has been organized to celebrate the life and contributions of Richard Tom, a cyclist whose life was tragically ended in April of 2015. His friends have formed a foundation in his name, the Richard Tom Foundation ("RTF"), and we have organized this ride in memory of Richard. This ride will be staged at Cochran's Ski Area. There are several road routes and two mountain bike options be available. 

All rides will finish at the Cochran Ski Area, where food and beverages will be waiting, thanks to Dakin Farms, Stone Corral Brewery and other food and beverage sponsors.  Please come join the fun and and support RTF!  Due to somewhat limited parking at Cochran's please car pool and also consider parking in Richmond and making a short ride to Cochran't Ski Area for the event.

Through this event, RTF will promote the health benefits of cycling and encourage the spirit of fun and adventure that was a significant part of Richard's life. Proceeds will support children's cycling programs and camps (including Little Bellas and Catamount's mountain biking camp), will support legislative efforts led be Local Motion, and a variety of other efforts to promote bike safety and adventure on bikes.

2nd Annual Richard Tom Foundation Kids' Criterium

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.

The young riders (ages 7-10) were given the opportunity to ride a short portion of the Burlington Criterium circuit with the elite riders from the 1K2GO team, and others including Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo.

Richard's Ride 2016

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.

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