Mark your calendars for this year’s "The Bicycle: Art Meets Form" Show in High Point, North Carolina on September 5 -7.
About the Event
“The Bicycle: Art meets Form” in it’s second year, remains a celebration of the art of cycling that presents, in its various facets, a unique event for those passionate about the craft and history of fine lightweight bicycles – both vintage and modern. On this weekend, the most respected craftsmen and aficionados will join to display, discuss, analyze, ride and enjoy this special "tool" known as the bicycle.
As you will see from the schedule of events over 3 days, “The Bicycle” encompasses visual art, a galleried exhibition of 5 “leading lights”in modern handmade bicycles, a vintage lightweight bicycles show & competition, instruction and discussions, movies, music, vintage rides and the USAC Men’s and Women’s National Professional Criterium Championships. We will celebrate the ability of this tool, “the bicycle”, to acquire an acclaimed level of art and form yet while maintaining its refined function as a mode of transport and as a “race pony”.
Through great hard work and efforts of many, High Point NC was awarded the 2013-2014 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships. The surrounding course and facilities offer great space and proximity to host this and other events. Within 200 yards of the start finish under a block long canopy, there is an art gallery, a theater, show space, and a first class hotel. So rather than just have another 3 hours of racing, we wanted to continue an overall 3 day cycling event that promotes all things cycling and blends the best of vintage bikes and the best in racing and new cycling technologies.
This is all about: BIKES, PEOPLE & PASSION
5 LEADING LIGHTS: Our special guests in 2014 are 5 acknowledged stand out craftspersons of modern bicycle frame building. Theatre Arts Gallery(TAG) mounted a 30 day exhibition of the work of Chris Bishop, Bill Davidson, Bruce Gordon, Drew Guldalian, and Mitch Pryor. Each will exhibit a complete bicycle and a custom frame as part of this display. In combination with the with the TAG juried visual bike art presentation, this exhibit provided a tremendous artistic bike aesthetic. The builders will share their knowledge through The Bicycle: Art meets Form events and discussions Friday and Saturday.
Thanks to our inaugural 2013 Builders Nick Crumpton, Mark DiNucci, Dario Pegoretti, Dave Wages and Peter Weigle.
VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHT BICYCLE SHOW: With the gracious sponsorship of High Point Bank and under the guidance of Dale Brown, “Mr Classic Rendezvous”, there will be a 2 day vintage show open to The Bicycle: Art Meets Form participants and seen by thousands of race fans. Again this will attract the best collectors and the best bikes from around the US and beyond. As happened last year, 2014’s show will bring a passion of a few to the awareness of the general public. There are various categories and awards that will be announced on Sunday morning…
SWAP MEET / AUCTION of BICYCLES & RELATED GOODS: It’s secret….follow the crumbs on Friday. No formal Sunday Swap Meet.
BICYCLE MOVIES: Cycling themed or content films will be playing at The High Point Theatre. This years feature film will be Rising From the Ashes which is a feature length documentary about the first Rwandan Cycling Team and about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.. Depending on time availability, possible short vintage films, More info to come.
REGIONAL VISUAL ART EXIBITION WITH BICYCLING THEME– THEATRE ARTS GALLERIES (TAG): A juried exhibit of bicycle art will be held under the gracious sponsorship of New Bridge Bank. On display for 30 days, this exhibit will nicely complement the 5 LEADING LIGHTS exhibit— a combined visual aesthetic second to none! Beautiful bikes, frames, parts, history, visual and structural art in one setting and available for all to see.
USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL CRITERIUM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: For the first time ever, the Men’s and Women’s Championships will be held in the same city and for the first time ever, will pay equal purses. Also as part of Saturday’s racing, there will be a vintage bike race, kids races and national level masters racing ….. bring it on!
MUSIC: Events will be held Friday and Saturday nights under the transportation terminal, near the finish line for all the races. Music is free for all attendees.
"So much to do, much fun to be had by all … and bikes to ride. Come join in the fun and help us make this an ever expanding annual event. Be a part of something new! "
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