LOOKING BACK AT ’86 WORLDS
In 1986, a young photo assistant named Kevin Hatt and his friend Sukeun Chun decided to drive from New York City to Colorado. Their mission: to see the first ever World Championship Road Race held in the US.
Kevin and Sukeun were not only racers, but students of all things Euro Pro. Chun managed City Cycles, a downtown Manhattan bike shop at the epicenter of bike racing in NYC. Chun was also a DJ, and the shop attracted all manner of cool characters, including Keith Haring, who famously created the artwork that became the shop’s logo.
In those days before the Internet, Kevin and his photographer friends would bring back the latest cycling jerseys, magazines and newspapers from Europe while on assignment, so the lure of seeing their heroes in person on US soil was too great to resist. The duo packed up a Volkswagen and headed west. Kevin–of course–brought a camera, and the never-before-seen images from that week will be part of a photo exhibition in the Rapha Cycle Club NYC in December.
About the Event
Photographs by Kevin Hatt from the 1986 UCI World Championships in Colorado Springs, Co.
Join us for the opening of Kevin Hatt’s new exhibit at the Rapha Cycle Club NY. Enjoy sips and snacks from the Rapha Cycle Club Cafe. Artist will be in attendance.
Opening Night – Tuesday Dec 9, 6pm
Kevin Hatt is a photographer based in New York City. You can see his work here. His show WORLDS ’86 will be on display at the Rapha Cycle Club NYC, opening on December 9th. The photographs in the exhibition capture a unique moment in US cycling–as the sport was beginning to take off–and are all the more special in that very few images from that race have been seen.
City Cycles closed in 1988. Sukeun Chun is now the owner of Veloworx in Santa Monica, CA.
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