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  • About Amy

    Amy Alison Dombroski passed tragically at age 26 while training abroad in Belgium. She was a versatile cyclist with U23 National Championship titles in road, mountain, and cyclocross. Still early in her career, she was considered by many in the sport to be a rising talent and serious contender at world-class cycling events.

    In her short but full life, Amy touched the hearts of communities in the United States and Europe. Amy had a passion for life that transcended the sport of cycling; she loved to share this passion with the friends and family that surrounded her. She also had an uncanny ability to transform challenges she faced in her own life into intense positive focus. The tattoo of a lighting bolt that Amy bore on her wrist served as a remembrance of her mother’s tragic death, and provided her a daily source of motivation.

  • Amy’s words

    Visit Amy's site to read her blog posts. Her last blog post from September 2013 gives us our direction for the Amy D. Foundation.

  • The Amy D. Foundation Mission Statement

    The Amy D. Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in honor of Amy Alison Dombroski, whose love for cycling and life touched many people around the world.

    The Amy D. Foundation encourages and supports young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.

  • Programs

    -- Amy D. Racing is an elite-level racing program. Read Erica's blog here!

    -- Ride Like Amy D. is a grass-roots program. Michelle is riding Amy's Mosaic and Sarah is riding Amy's Luna Orbea. Read their blogs here!

    -- Amy D. Sunday Sessions are a series mountain bike clinics for young girls and are a collaboration with Little Bellas.

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Amy Dombroski and Father Ed at the Green Mountain Stage Race in Burlington, VT, September of 2007. Amy won two stages of the race that year.

August 22, 2016 – (Boulder, CO)  The Amy D. Foundation is proud to announce that it will field a composite team of riders at the Green Mountain Stage Race (www.gmsr.info), September 2-5, 2016 in Vermont.  The structure of the team will provide important development opportunities for up-and-coming athletes including the historic immersion of a 24-year-old from Eritrea, Africa, in collaboration with the Team Africa Rising program.

The Amy D. Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to build participation, opportunity, and equality for women in the sport of cycling, empowering the pursuit of lofty dreams.  Seasoned professional cyclists and carefully-selected staff provide mentoring of developing athletes, an important component of the programming.  The ultimate goal is to facilitate strong personal and societal development that transcends the sport of cycling.

The Amy D. Foundation will support a team of six riders at the upcoming event:  Gretchen Stumhofer (27, San Diego, CA), Cara O’Neill (17, Tucson, AZ), Kira Payer (17, Housatonic, MA), Lauren LeClaire (30, Medford, MA), Stefanie Sydlik (31, Pittsburgh, PA), and Yohana Dawit (24, Eritrea, Africa).  Amy D. Foundation participation in the Green Mountain Stage Race is meaningful because of Amy Dombroski’s roots in the Green Mountains of Vermont.  Amy grew up in Vermont; her welcoming smile and competitive spirit become well-known at the event as she raced to multiple stage victories early in her cycling career.  The event has been host to numerous cyclists who have gone on to compete at the Olympics and other national and international-level competition.  Amy’s Father still lives in the area and will provide host housing to the Amy D. Foundation team while they compete at the event.  As does the family of Olympian Lea Davison, whose organization that she and sister Sabra run, Little Bellas, collaborates closely with the Amy D. Foundation.

The appearance of a talented Eritrean rider on the Amy D. Foundation team at Green Mountain Stage Race will be a historic event, not only for African cycling, but for the sport of cycling as a whole.  The opportunity is viewed as directly meeting the mission of the Amy D. Foundation in the greatest sense.  Dan Dombroski, Founder and President of the Amy D. Foundation explained:  “Although the associated cost is large to bring a single African rider to this one event, the significance is also large.  I think it helps set a higher precedence for what we as a community can accomplish.  Whether the athletes we support come from within the United States or a country in Africa, the end goal of building opportunity and facilitating development is equally applicable.”

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The Amy D. Foundation road cycling program debuted at the 2015 Tour of the Gila in Silver City, NM

The Amy D. Foundation has received overwhelming positive feedback about the road cycling program, both internally and externally.  The organization is getting more requests for new opportunities from athletes, coaches, and parents than can be provided under current budgetary constraints.   “We have already seen fantastic results from this programming and we’re just getting started,” says Dombroski.  “We’ve been able to provide exciting and valuable opportunities for younger up-and-coming women to learn from, and compete alongside, some of the best athletes in the sport.  We’ve helped developing athletes start their careers in the sport.  It’s been hugely rewarding to see the personal development that takes place.  I encourage anyone in this community who sees the value in the programming to please support it so that we can continue to grow the impact.”

The Amy D. Foundation is actively seeking funding to support extension of the programming into the 2017 season.  To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Amy D. Foundation, please visit:  amydfoundation.org/donate-foundation.  To learn more about the Amy D. Foundation, please visit amydfoundation.org or follow us on social media (Facebook:  amydfoundation; twitter:  AmyD_Foundation, Instagram:  amydfoundation).

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