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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 Kid's Crit

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. This even was the perfect opportunity to share the joy of cycling and friendly competition with cycling’s future generation.



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


1st Annual Kids' Crit was a Hit!

The first annual Kids' Crit was a success this past Labor Day 2015. Watch the VIDEO!! After years of hoping to include a kids' event in the Criterium stage of the Green Mountain Stage Race, the organizers of the Burlington Criterium were pleased to host the Kids' Crit, launched by the Richard Tom Foundation. This first year started small, yet backed by Richard’s ever present inspiration, RTF got it off the ground with a great start. Twenty-eight kids showed up at registration to ride the City Hall circuit on the same tracks as all the amateur and pro racers. To fend off the 95 degree heat, kids, parents and volunteers gathered in the shade of the RTF tents, with ice water and supersoakers in full force by the “RTF kids”, keeping everyone cool. We were all inspired by the strong community support that our friends and volunteers rallied by making rounds among the crowds selling raffle tickets and spreading awareness about the Foundation. Matt Lyon and volunteer Chris Morrissey were staged in the “pit” and ready for last minute repairs. As kids stepped up to the registration table, they were excited to pin on their official “Green Mountain Stage Race” number and receive a schwag bag containing Zbars, stickers, water bottles and thunder sticks thanks to the generosity of Skirack, VBT and Dealer.com.

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”.

As we rolled through the parade (video), we received recurring bursts of cheers from the sidelines in support of the foundation and in memory of Richard. A few people ran up to friends in the parade to give a hug and offer well wishes. It was clear Richard’s presence was known and felt amidst many friends in the crowds.