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 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.


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. The day was full of smiles and stories about Richard Tom; man of generosity, who knew the history of cycling, understood mechanics of cycling, passed along the joy of bikes. At tables, where people were gathered after the ride, flickers of Richard bounced around in happy souls who shared in pedaling through this Green Mountain State. Richard was in the children at the start of their exciting ride. Their faces reflected the enthusiasm Richard exuded whenever he was on his bike; his ‘play-like-a-kid’ energy bounded around the day. All those happy faces rolled ahead into the day’s adventure. Some rides on May 21st were more solo in nature, for those who could not attend in person; Richard Tom was there as a bike. As can happen when riding alone away from home, thoughts wandered from thinking of the event, to focusing on power and effort, to reflecting upon Richard. The clicking bike parts called up memories of Richard easily. Richard picked out the frame and components for this build. The bike, and in essence Richard, were the only companions on a melancholy ride a long way from home; alone. Richard said this bike would create great adventures. Meanwhile, 1200 miles south of Richard’s Ride in this corner of Vermont, on May 21st, Richard’s childhood friend, Mary, held up a sign with the Richard Tom Foundation logo to motivate a competitor, who raced in Alabama with the spirit of ‘RT Quadzilla’ in her heart. The essence of the fine human being Richard was spread over May the Twenty-First like rays of sunshine, on the wings of dragonflies, and warmed the hearts of all present . . . and far. TODAY is a great day to be on a BIKE.


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.