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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The Third Annual Richard’s Ride will continue to celebrate the life and contributions of Richard Tom, a cyclist whose life was tragically ended in April of 2015. Richard dedicated his life to sharing his passion for "all things bicycle". This event will be staged at Cochran's Ski Area. There will be several road routes and two mountain bike options with rides for all ages and abilities. New for 2018 is our Title Sponsor: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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 support the Richard Tom Foundation. Due to somewhat limited parking at Cochran's, please carpool or consider parking in Richmond and making a short ride to Cochran's Ski Area for the event.

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

Registration for Richard’s Ride 2018 opens on March 9, 2018.


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 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”.