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 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.

Participants in the Richard's 70 and Richard's 30 are welcome to participate in the Children's Ride and the Family Ride at no additional cost.  We will be drawing the winning raffle ticket for the Trek Madone ProjectOne bike at Richard's Ride 2017.  Please go to www.bikereg.com/richard-tom-foundation-bike-raffle to see photos of the bike and to buy your raffle tickets.

Please also consider a tax deductible contribution to the RT Foundation. The board of the RT Foundation will use your funs wisely to support a variety of efforts to improve the safety of our roads and make cycling available and children who might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience the fun and adventure that happens on a bike.

Register for the Event: https://www.bikereg.com/rtfoundation

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 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”.

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