EBC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Tom Burton

06 Jan 2014 12:17 AM | Shannon Roque (Administrator)


Featured EBC Cyclist: Tom Burton




Longtime EBC member and tireless advocate for local cycling issues, Tom Burton is a tremendous asset to our club.  His love for bicycling is contagious and he freely shares his knowledge and enthusiasm as one of our best ride leaders.  Every new riders should have the opportunity to ride with Tom.

His other contributions include working behind the scenes creating our Snowbird and Speedway ride courses, marking them for event day and even going out to sweep rocks off the street to enhance the safety of all riders.  Today, Tom continues to ride 3-4 days a week, always in his trademark bright yellow kits or EBC Retro jersey.  He also attends advocacy meetings and is an active with improving the trail system in Miami-Dade County through organizing rides and working with planning groups.

Here is an article featuring Tom, written by former EBC President Betty Trueba and published in the March 2008 EBC Echo newsletter, presented here with some minor updates.

 
Rides 100 miles on the Key Biscayne bridge for fun!

You might have seen him wearing his signature bright yellow riding ensemble riding on US1 on his way to Ponce Middle School, or having a picnic in a park with a wide array of snacks he keeps in his bike bag. . . But you can always bet you’ll see Tom Burton with a smile on his face and a bright disposition, even on the cloudiest of days.
For 25 years Tom was a pilot for Eastern Airlines flying mostly to eastcoast cities and the Carribean in the 727, DC-9,757, L-1011, and A-300. When Eastern closed its doors in 1991, he became a pilot for United and flew the 727, 737, 757, 767, 777, and A-320 flying to South America and western U. S. cities. He retired in 2004 at age 60.

He began running in 1958 on the junior high track team and continued running through high school and college. He began serious cycling in 1987 when a friend gave him a road bike and became an EBC member in 1993. In 1994, he bought a 20" wheel foldable Bike Friday which he used in cities where he flew with United.

After riding in Denver, Colorado, a city with 600 miles of paved paths and bike lanes, he realized how lacking bicycle facilities were in Miami-Dade County. He became interested in improving the cycling conditions in our area with less than 200 miles of paved paths and lanes.

His first 100 mile ride was the 1991 EBC Skip Jarrett Memorial Century. He took up swimming in 1996 and completed his first of several triathlons in 1997 and in 2001 finished an Ironman.

Tom has chaired the 2006 Snowbird & Speedway Century rides and in February 2008, he hosted the first annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Fat Tire Ride and served on the EBC Bicycle Advocacy Committee. His longest ride is a 160 miles roundtrip to Flamingo (Belly of the Beast) and his highest ride is Mt. Evans in Colorado at 14,200 feet. He also completed the Six Gap Century in Georgia in September 2008 with 10,000 feet of climbing.

Together with his wife, Linda of 41 years, Tom lives near the Falls and spends 2 to 3 days a week riding his fat slick tire 29er mountain bike on the paved and unpaved roads of Miami-Dade County.

Tom is an EBC Certified Ride Leader Trainer for the past 2 years.   A cyclist, a safe rider, an advocate for bike trails and the everglades, and a friend that we hope to be cycling with for many years to come!  We love you Tom!

Comments

  • 23 Mar 2014 11:08 AM | Anonymous
    I am amazed by Tom's advocacy. He really is an inspiration.
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