After much thought, we’ve decided to cancel this year’s Bicycle Quarterly Un-Meeting in Marin County, California. We’ve made this difficult decision together with this year’s organizers, Bicycle Counterculture. The pandemic shows little sign of letting up. To have a large number of cyclists travel to the Un-Meeting and gather does not seem like a responsible option. We apologize to all who’ve made plans and have been looking forward.
We thought about a ‘virtual’ event, but the Un-Meeting is really about meeting in person. We’re interacting virtually all year long. Once a year, we can share our experiences and meet face-to-face. To us, that’s irreplaceable.
Most of us have been riding on our own this summer, and we’re launching an Instagram photo contest to celebrate these rides. We’re looking for photos that show the joys and beauty of all-road cycling. Here is how it works: Post a photo before October 20, 2020, and tag it with #bqcontest.
Like the Un-Meeting, the photo contest is open to everybody – no need to register or subscribe. Just post your photos with the hashtag, and you are automatically entered. Of course, you can only enter photos you’ve taken yourself. Please add the story of your ride when you post your photo.
We’ll chose 8 finalists, and put them here on the Journal for a final vote by the public. The winner will be announced on October 15 and receive a $ 200 gift certificate toward Rene Herse components, Bicycle Quarterly magazines, or our books. All finalists will receive a one-year subscription to Bicycle Quarterly, and their photos will be published in the magazine.
We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of great photos!
Photo credit: Giovanni Calcagno (Photo 3).