Tom Ritchey / Ritchey Cycling Blog

  1. Tom attends the Nevada City Classic

    The 49th annual Nevada City Classic was held yesterday, June 21st. This race is a landmark on the Northern California racing schedule and attracts many  top riders from across the states. The course offers around 120’ of climbing per 1.1 mile lap with 7 turns and is therefore considered to be one of the most technically and physically challenging 1-day courses in America.

    Read more »
  2. Reunion at the Downieville Classic

    Tom and his old buddy, Thomas “Frishi” Frischknecht, will be reuniting at this year’s Downieville Classic on July 10-12. Tom and Frishi will battle it out over an epic 29-mile course that begins at an elevation of 4,100’ and climbs up to the crest of the Sierra Nevada at 7,100’ before the course drops down 5,200 vertical feet to the finish in Downieville, CA. This will put another notch in both Tom and Frishi’s belt, as it is there first time racing the Downieville Classic.

    Read more »
  3. Tom Ritchey and Rafiki Uwimana of Team Rwanda Featured in Bicycling Cape Epic article

    Tom Ritchey and Rafiki Uwimana of Team Rwanda Featured in Bicycling Cape Epic article

    Check out this Bicycling Magazine article on Tom Ritchey and Rafiki Uwimana of Team Rwanda at the Cape Epic.

    Read more »
  4. Toms Adventures Continue

    As if racing the Cape Epic Mountain Bike race in South Africa, an 8-day, roughly 800 km race which climbs nearly 16,000 m, was not enough of an adventure for Tom Ritchey, the very next morning Tom flew to Johannesburg to prepare for his next adventure, a 12-day, 5,133 km journey via motor cycle to Rwanda.

    And so the trip began...

    Read more »
  5. A few more images from Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race

    Check out these pics from the 2009 Cape Epic.

    Read more »
  6. A Born Natural – Early racing, winning and bike building

    Tom began riding more. He joined the Jobst’s rides and found a solid crew with which to ride; he befriended Spence Wolfe and his wife of the Cupertino Bike Shop, the “shop,” actually Wolfe’s garage, was the only professional shop in the area at the time; and Tom began racing more…

    Read more »
  7. Tom races Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race in South Africa

    This past Saturday marked the start of the Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race in South Africa, one of the largest, most challenging mountain bike races in the world. A serious challenge for even the most avid cyclists, this eight day, seven stage race traverses over 680km and climbs nearly 14,000m. Last year, Tom partnered with legendary, World Champion mountain biker, Thomas Frischnecht to take on the adventure. This year, Tom partners with Rafiki from Team Rwanda. Tom was honored as the celebrity speaker at the race kick off celebrations.

    Read more »
  8. Early Influences – Tom Ritchey's father and friends

    Based on Tom Ritchey’s pioneering contribution to the sport of cycling, his racing successes, thirty five years of product design innovations and the international growth of his bicycle frame and component manufacturing company; some might think cycling runs deeply through the Ritchey family blood line. It does not. Tom Ritchey Sr., in fact, spent the early part of Tom’s life as an inactive smoker, until that is, the family moved to California.

    Read more »
  9. 35 Years of Ritchey History - The Beginning

    This year, 2009, Ritchey Design celebrates 35 years of design, innovation and dedication to the art of high performance. We take this anniversary, as the opportune time to reflect on the intertwining histories of a company, a living legend, and the very dawn of a sport. Stay posted as over the next several weeks we chronicle the beginnings of Ritchey Deisgn, Tom Ritchey and the sport of mountain biking.

    Read more »
  10. Tom heads to South America to ride

    Tom recently returned from a short trip to Santiago, Chile where he explored some of the riding trails and paths.

    Read more »