David Kinsley Ricklefs, 53, of Middlebury


MIDDLEBURY — David Kinsley Ricklefs died Friday, April 12, 2024, from injuries sustained from a car accident.

Athletic, artistic, passionate, entrepreneurial — these are all words that describe who David was.

As a youth, David was an elite junior ski and bike racer. David spent his formative years in York, Pa., ski racing at Round Top and competing in local, national, and international bike races. David attended high school at Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, Vt., where he pursued his passion to become an elite ski racer, but more importantly grew into the creative, driven person he became.

He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1992. After college, David pursued a career as a professional mountain bike racer before becoming a pioneer in the e-commerce world. David spent his recent years running ultra-marathon races, some with his brother, building a line of athletic clothing and working in the local healthcare system as a nurse aid, helping others, including raising awareness about mental illness. He was an avid reader, a connoisseur of music, and an accomplished skier and cyclist.

Of all of David’s accomplishments, it was his children he loved and cherished the most. David is survived by his parents, his brother and his three children.

Donations in David’s honor can be made to the Counseling Service of Addison County in Middlebury Vermont. ◊


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