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The recent passing of Steve Tilford was a blow to both US cycling and also to clean sport, with the former national champion an outspoken critic of doping throughout his life.
USA Cycling announced today that it had established the Steve Tilford Memorial Fund, saying that it was created at the request of his family in order to support the federation’s anti-doping efforts.
“Steve was an outspoken advocate for clean and fair competition and this fund will honour Steve’s passion for clean sport and be part of his lasting legacy,” it said in a statement.
“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.”
It said that those who wished to donate to the fund could do so via the webpage.
“Steve loved the purity of life, the true honest beautiful moments,” said his wife Trudi Rebsamen. “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.”
Tilford was a top performer in both American road and off-road competition. He was tragically killed at age 57 in a road traffic accident on April 5.