Racing the Sun: A Pop-up Photography Exhibit at UCI World Championship

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World Bicycle Relief is pleased to announce the pop-up photography exhibit, Racing The Sun, that will be on display Sunday, September 20 through Saturday September 26 during the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, VA. The exhibit showcases photography from WBR and features the work of Zambian photographer Gareth Bentley as well as works by Chicago-based Leah Missbach Day and Matt Pierce.

Rural, developing communities all over the world full of vibrant and intelligent students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs, face a daily race with the sun. The challenge is not one of sport, but one of survival. Seemingly simple tasks like going to school, visiting the health clinic, or delivering goods to market are difficult and sometimes impossible. With no choice but to walk, meeting everyday needs is a struggle against time and distance. The exhibit eloquently chronicles the stories of six Zambian villagers who use their bicycles from World Bicycle Relief to access education, markets, and healthcare. The Zambian villagers also share in their own words how they have been able to accomplish much more in their daily lives with the time saved riding a rugged, Buffalo bicycle.

When I purchase steel I normally carry 80 kg on my bicycle. It has really helped me and my business and enabled me to carry a lot of things. It is a lot; we don’t have vehicles. We depend on the bicycles.  – Joe, a metalworker in the Palabana District in Zambia.

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World Bicycle Relief builds and distributes specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for the developing world. In challenging conditions in rural communities worldwide, bicycles increase economic development, access to education, and quality healthcare. The exhibit will be on display at The Page Bond Gallery located at 1625 W Main St, Richmond, VA. Viewers will have the opportunity to win a limited-edition copy of one of the featured exhibit images.

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About UCI Road World Championships

The Road World Championships (Worlds) is cycling’s pinnacle event, held annually in an international city chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) through a competitive bidding process similar to the Olympic Games. Worlds is a nine-day event, featuring 12 Championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women. It is a rare opportunity for the athletes to compete for their country, just as they do during the Olympic games.

About World Bicycle Relief

Founded in 2005, World Bicycle Relief is dedicated to mobilizing people through The Power of Bicycleså¨. World Bicycle Relief accomplishes its mission by designing, manufacturing, and distributing high quality bicycles that withstand the challenging terrain and conditions in rural, developing areas. Entrepreneurs use the bike to increase productivity and profits. Students attend class more regularly and their academic performances improve. And, health care workers visit more patients in less time, providing better, more consistent care. World Bicycle Relief also promotes local economies and long-term sustainability by assembling bicycles locally and training over 1,000 field mechanics. To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 250,000 bicycles.

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