“The Bicycle: Art meets Form” is an inaugural celebration of the art of cycling that, in its various facets, presents 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 4 days, “The Bicycle” encompasses visual art, a galleried exhibition of 5 “leading lights”in modern handmade bicycles and a separate handbuilt bicycle show, conferences 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 theatre, show space, and a first class hotel. So rather than just have another 3 hours of racing, we wanted to create an overall 4 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 are acknowledged stand out craftspersons of modern bicycle frame building. Theatre Arts Gallery(TAG) will mount a 60 day exhibition of the work of Nick Crumpton, Mark DiNucci, Dario Pegoretti, Dave Wages and Peter Weigle. Each will have 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 should provide a tremendous artistic bike aesthetic. The builders arrive from their distant workshops for this 4 day event and festivities and will lend their knowledge through The Bicycle: Art meets Form conferences and discussions Friday and Saturday.
VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHT BICYCLE SHOW:
Under the guidance of Dale Brown, “Mr Classic Rendezvous”, there will be a 3 day vintage exhibit open to The Bicycle: Art Meets Form participants and seen by thousands of race fans. Our goal is to attract the best collectors and the best bikes from around the US and hopefully beyond. There will be various categories and awards. The idea is to bring a passion of a few to the awareness of the general public.
CONTEMPORARY HAND BUILT BICYCLE SHOW:
A 3 day vintage exhibit open to participants and seen by thousands of race fans. Our goal is to attract the best collectors and the best bikes from around the US and hopefully beyond. There will be various categories and awards. The idea is to bring a passion of a few to the awareness of the general public. Awards will be presented.
SWAP MEET for BICYCLES & RELATED GOODS:
Vendors with goodies from all around the bicycling world with special emphasis on WORLD CLASS vintage treasures. Find a buyer, be a buyer, add to your collection!
VINTAGE BICYCLE MOVIES:
Various vintage cycling themed or content films will be playing in the High Point Theatre. Films will be shown as stand alone feature films as well as short features in conjunction with The Bicycle: Art meets Form conferences. Think of “Breaking Away” meets “The Bicycle Thief”…
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 NewBridge Bank. On display for 60 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!
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! "