Steve Tilford Memorial Fund


Steve Tilford

“Steve loved the purity of life, the true honest beautiful moments. Cycling filled this passion. Steve knew he was blessed to have the opportunity to ride and race the roads of the world. With the Steve Tilford Memorial Fund, we will continue to support Steve’s passion with a dedicated campaign to help make cycling drug-free.” – Trudi Rebsamen, wife of Steve Tilford

Steve Tilford was a legendary bike racer.  He began racing at age 14 and quickly excelled in the junior ranks.  He was invited by the U.S. National Team coaching staff to become a permanent resident at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO and went on to represent the United States on the National Road Team in top amateur races around the world.  He turned professional in 1986, and continued racing with distinction for the next several decades across a range of disciplines and age categories.

Steve became well known for being able to race any bike and having remarkable longevity.  His elite success may have begun in road racing, but he proved himself off-road as early as 1983 when he won the inaugural NORBA Mountain Bike National Championship.  He would go on to win 5 U.S. National Championships and 7 Masters World Championships in mountain biking and cyclo-cross. Steve was still racing when he tragically lost his life in an auto accident returning from a training camp on April 5th, 2017.

An outspoken advocate for clean and fair competition, Steve was never afraid to voice his fervent opposition to doping.  He believed strongly that doping was wrong and eroded the integrity of the sport he loved so much.  He was a voice for the dangers of doping and the benefits of competing with integrity throughout his illustrious career.

At the request of Steve’s family, USA Cycling has created the Steve Tilford Memorial Fund to support USA Cycling’s anti-doping efforts.  Programs which encourage juniors to appreciate and respect the benefits and ideals of fair competition, and fully understand the risks and downsides to doping, will be a key area of focus.  This fund will honor Steve’s passion for clean sport and be part of his lasting legacy.

Please make your gift to the Steve Tilford Memorial Fund below:

  • American Express
  • $0.00

If you would prefer to make a donation via check please make payable to USA Cycling Foundation with Tilford Memorial in the memo line and send to:

USA Cycling Foundation
210 USA Cycling Point
Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

No goods or services will be provided in exchange for this contribution. All USA Cycling Foundation gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Special Thanks to Our Donors for their Generous Contributions to the Steve Tilford Memorial Fund

Lori Beckman
Andrea Bialick
Linda Bitner
Al Black
Tom Bondurant
Brent and Jamie Bookwalter
John Borstelmann
Derek Bouchard-Hall
Cory Bower
Jim Brenneman
Steve Brown
John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum
Scott Bulfinch
Bob Campbell
Dan Caplan
Gary Carollo
Gavin Chilcott
Daniel Christy
Jebbie Crowe
Anonymous Donors

Steve Downs
Mick and Beth Endersbe
Brent Evans
Danny Fatka
Shannon Fox
Susan and Kent Garlinghouse
Adam and Nan Gatewood
Karl Gridley
Timothy Hall
John & Chris Haug
Bob & Sandy Hayes
Elizabeth Heller
Chris Hillman
David Hogan
John Hughes
Peter Hymas
Peter Jaros
Ty Kady
Frank Karbarz
Wes Keeton
William M Koch Jr.

Larry Koury
Bruce Krebs
Rod and Charlene Lake
Steve Laner
Cale McAninch
Steve McCauley
Bryce Mead
Todd and Linda Mendel
Sarah and Gary Merideth
David Morgan
Steve Myrland
Tyler Nelson
Robert Neuman
Brent and Susan Ohlmann
Jacqueline Paull
Russell Pence
Gene Petrella
Robert Piacine
Daryl Price

Frank Quinlan
Ian Robertson
Dale Sargent
Bradley Schaeffer
Brent Small
Stan and Judy Phillips and Susie Sutherland
SPN Sampling
Prentice Steffen, MD
Douglas Taylor
Bonita Thomas
Terry Tongate
Brian Toone
Cody Truitt
Van Tubbs
Brian and Megan Walawender
Eric Ware
Ken West
Richard Wharton
Edward Williams
D’Andrea Worrall

Last updated 5/8/2018
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