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.

 

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.