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This exhibition is a uniquely-Valentine take on the history of cycling in Richmond from the 19th century to the present day.

RICHMOND, Va. — Let’s jump right into it. The UCI Road World Championships, or as we prefer for ease of social media and headline use, Richmond 2015 – also, Worlds –is a nine-day event that will bring an unknown number of people to our city from all the around the globe.

Cyclists will take to the streets of Richmond from Sept. 19 – 27.

In celebratory fashion, there are numerous events surrounding the big bike races for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. And ahead of the races local museums have created bicycle-themed exhibits.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

Balance in Motion: The Evolution of Cycling in America  is based on the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition with an international bike display which sparked the first U.S. bicycle factory. Learn how bikes changed to give a man and a woman rider shared control and trace the evolution of today’s bikes from the first successful titanium bike to today’s popular touring bicycles.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Runs through October 18, 2501 Monument Avenue, Richmond.

The Gallery at UNOS
Bike 2015: Richmond Wheels features work by Andras Bality, Matt Lively, and Greig Leach. Look for extended hours during the big bike races. For more information, CLICK HERE. 

Sept. 11 – Oct.31.
Opening reception  Friday, September 11 5 – 7:30 p.m.
700 North 4th Street, Richmond, Va.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

A pop-up exhibit of Bicycle Triumphs Traffic, a LEGO bricks sculpture by artist Sean Kenney and the exhibit From Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden detailing the history of the Garden’s property as the Lakeside Wheel Club and Richmond’s early cycling history.  On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (September 22, 23, 24) at 5 p.m., take in a drop-in tour, “From Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden.”

Find out how the beauty of today’s botanical garden began in the bicycle craze of the 1890s.  No reservations required, the tour is first-come, first-served.

The UCI Road World Championships start at the garden on Sunday, Sept. 20. There is free admission to the garden on this day only.

Leashed pets will be allowed on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24.

Activities will be in the gardens adjacent to Bloemendaal House, a structure which was one of the first bicycling clubs in Richmond. For more details, CLICK HERE. 

There are extended hours till 8 p.m. on weeknights Sept. 21 – 25.

Lewis Ginter, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico.

New Normal
Pedal celebrates all things biking in Richmond. It takes parts of everyday biking in the city and transforms them into a different reality. A world where bike racks hug bikes, rocket bikes fly through the air, and the monuments of Monument Avenue cruise down the street together on a tandem bicycle.

Runs through Sept.
212 E. Clay, Richmond

Science Museum of Virginia
Bikes: Science on Two Wheels
 is a collection of historic, rare, peculiar and all-around amazing bikes. The bicycle has impacted how people live, work and play since its inception. Trace the evolution of the bicycle from its origins to the sleek, modern designs that line streets around the world. Runs through Sept. 27. For more details, CLICK HERE.
2500 W Broad St, Richmond

Virginia War Memorial
World War II Women’s Army Corps Bicycle is the showcase of a bicycle specifically designed for members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) during World War II. It is now on display at the Virginia War Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center in downtown Richmond.

The bicycle is on loan from the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, Virginia through Sept. 31. For more details, CLICK HERE.

Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond

The Valentine Museum
In Gear: Richmond Cycles
, a take on the history of cycling in Richmond from the 19th century to present day.  The opening of the exhibition coincides with the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in September, look for special extended hours nightly during the cycling event. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3, 2016. For more details, CLICK HERE.

1015 E Clay St, Richmond