Gitche Gumee Gran Fondo Honors Steve Tilford’s Legacy

The Gitche Gumee Gran Fondo starts in Cable, Wisconsin (this year it was on August 26th) and treats riders to scenic back-country roads and even crosses the Continental Divide. This year’s event teamed up with The Steve Tilford Memorial Fund, as the event’s official charity, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the fund’s partnership with USA Cycling’s mission to foster a commitment to the safety, integrity, and joy of cycling. This fund honors Steve’s passion for cycling and continues his legacy. If you couldn’t make it this…

Steve Tilford’s Favorite Place On Earth (Updated)

On this second anniversary of the accident that claimed Steve Tilford’s life, it is time to visit a beautiful and peaceful place to ease our collective sense of loss and to honor Steve’s memory. Steve would approve (as long as I don’t give too many details). The place is a lake located on private property outside of Cable, Wisconsin. The trail to the lake’s edge is not marked and most visitors would not even identify it as a trail. It is more of a faint path through thick, old-growth forest.…

Remembering Steve Tilford One Year Later

The following is a story I wrote shortly after Steve Tilford’s death. On the one-year anniversary of Steve’s tragic accident, I post it here for the first time to honor his memory. Like every person who had the privilege of meeting Steve, not a week has gone by that a Steve memory hasn’t crossed my mind. TILFORD TALES: The fast life of a mountain biking legend Mountain biking lost a beloved friend and champion (both race champion and vocal advocate of mountain biking) on April 5th, 2017 when Steve Tilford…

STEVE TILFORD CELEBRATION OF LIFE

It has taken some time to get around to posting this because it is still close to impossible to believe that Steve will not be showing up on our doorstep again or that we’ll never see each other at a bike race or bike show or some special event where he was to be the main attraction. If you couldn’t make it to Steve’s celebration of life on April 23rd, what you missed was not sad event. Quite the opposite. The mood was festive and the Tilford Tales being exchanged…

GODSPEED STEVE TILFORD

Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was. The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no sorrow in your tone. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.…