New Exhibit by the Cycling Museum of Minnesota

Posted by Doug Shidell, December 1st, 2018

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota, that little engine that could, keeps chugging along, producing exhibits and talk series that reflect the wide range of cycling activities in Minnesota. The latest, called LifeCycle, may be their most ambitious to date.The exhibit, two years in the making, profiles eleven wildly different members of the Minnesota Cycling Community in photos and interviews.

Some of the profiled members are well known in the cycling business: Steve Flagg, founder of Quality Bicycle Products, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove fame and Eric Hawkins, owner of Park Tool Company.

Others are better known to bicycle advocates:: Cynthia McArthur and Louis Moore.

Sveta Vold, of Belarus, now living in St. Louis Park, has established herself in off-road cycling, with feats of strength in the Arrowhead 135, Almanzo 100 and the Day Across Minnesota.

The last group of profiled riders are the barrier breakers: Marques Watson, recipient of the first Philandro Castile Memorial Award, once an apprentice at Express Bike, now a supervisor and engineering student, Salma Nadir, a student athlete at the University of St. Thomas and the only Muslim woman mountain bike racer in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.and Cali Jirsa, founder and owner of Cherry Cycles, the first woman shop owner in Minneapolis.

They all have one thing in common, a love of bicycling, but each brings a different perspective on that love. In follow-up discussions, the Cycling Museum will pair the unlikeliest of these riders in moderated talks that are sure to bring out the similarities and differences of these perspectives.

The LifeCycle exhibit opens Saturday at the Hennepin History Museum, near the MIA.and runs through mid-March.

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