$55 for Registration for the 60K Tour Medio on Sunday, August 19 ($110 Value)

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Noncompetitive ride raises funds for Vancouver Biennale Open-Air Museum's public art-driven efforts

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$55 for Registration for Tour de Biennale 60K Charity Medio Urban Cycling Ride on Sunday, August 19 ($110 Value)

The noncompetitive 60K Medio cycling ride is the half-route distance of the full Vancouver Tour de Biennale and welcomes riders of all skill levels. Commencing from Queen Elizabeth Park, riders make their way to Stanley Park via the Olympic Village then over to UBC with the journey concluding back at Queen Elizabeth Park atop Little Mountain, where riders receive free admission to Bloedel Floral Conservatory. Proceeds from the event support youth sports and local nonprofit groups as well as the Vancouver Biennale Open-Air Museum's efforts to expose people to the public arts. Registration also comes with other perks, including a light breakfast, water and snack stations along the route, access to mobile mechanics along the way, and postride entertainment.

Riders must pick up their event kits August 16–18 at the Vancouver Biennale office at 290 West 3rd Avenue. Click here for pick up times. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park on the day of the ride.

Vancouver Biennale Open-Air Museum

The vision for what eventually became the public arts-centric Vancouver Biennale Open-Air Museum organization began in 1998 when Buschlen Mowatt Galleries mounted a four-month-long outdoor Open Spaces exhibit. Determined to go beyond the walls of traditional galleries, the event’s organizers brought their showcase of contemporary art to a mile-long stretch of beach in English Bay and the back of one giant sea turtle. The sculptures, crafted by luminaries hailing from France, England, Colombia, and the US, drew more than seven million viewers during its limited run, and set off the idea that would become the Biennale—a biennial celebration exposing locals to many forms of public art.

Since then, the exhibition has expanded to include not only visual arts but performance art and new media. In recent years, events have also included the Vancouver Tour de Biennale, an urban bike ride that gathers cyclists to cover varying distances around the Vancouver area as they admire public art displays along the road.

Vancouver Biennale

The vision for what eventually became the arts-centric Vancouver Biennale organization began in 1998 when Buschlen Mowatt Galleries opened their four-month-long outdoor Open Spaces exhibit. Determined to go beyond the walls of traditional art galleries, the event’s organizers brought their showcase to a mile-long stretch of beach in English Bay and the back of one giant sea turtle. The sculptures, crafted by luminaries hailing from France, England, Colombia, and the US, drew more than seven million viewers during its limited run, and set off the idea that would become the Biennale—a biannual celebration exposing locals to many forms of public art.

Since then, the celebration has expanded to include not only visual arts but performance art and new media. In recent years, events have also included the Vancouver Tour de Biennale, an area bike tour that gathers cyclists to cover varying distances around the Vancouver area as they admire public art displays along the road.

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