WE HAVE A TRUE PASSION FOR BIKING
Greetings, My name is Catherine Illian and I’m the founder of Richmond Rides. I love biking. Not only do I love riding, I want you to see our city, Richmond on a bike because I think biking shows her off like no other experience. From Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods, we can tell the history of the city, the state, and really the whole country. You’ll learn a ton and have fun while doing it. Come check out our awesome bike tours and see for yourself. I’ve called Church Hill home since 2004. In 2010, my husband and I began hosting tourists through the website Airbnb. As we introduced dozens of guests from all over the world to Richmond we saw the need for a dynamic tour of Richmond and specifically Church Hill. We’ve crafted a tour that capitalizes on its emerging food scene, history and bikeability. We love being outside and biking around our fair city. I pedal with my three sons with my bike trailer and kid seat as my primary mode of transport and can be seen ferrying our kids to school, farmer’s market and around Church Hill.
Hi I'm Matt Illian. I'm passionate about biking, history, and Church Hill.
I love guiding tours with Richmond Rides. I'm an an avid mountain biker and winner of the 2013 Xterra Triathalon on Brown’s Island. When I'm not guiding tours, find me at VIIF (Virginia Impact Investing Forum) and VestedIn. I’m passionate about helping people find investment strategies that encourage the common good.
Hi I'm Tracy Haines. I have lived in Church Hill for the past 16 years and call Richmond home. I love biking for recreation and showing people Church Hill and the rest of the river city. When I'm not guiding tours I can be found helping out at Victory Farms, a local organic farm.
Hi, I'm Joseph Bromfield.
Hey there y’all! I’m an actor, teaching artist, and general biking enthusiast based in scenic Charlottesville, VA. You may have seen me onstage at the historic November Theatre as part of Virginia Rep’s popular production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER or on your television screen in Fox’s historical docudrama series Legends & Lies: The Patriots. You may also have seen me at Richmond’s historic Agecroft Hall, the only original 500-year-old Tudor home in North America, as part of Quill Theatre’s Richmond Shakespeare Festival.
Having completed my MFA in Acting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. My family roots run deep in Central Virginia, all the way back to the Clays of Hanover County, the most famous of whom is Henry Clay the famed statesman, orator, and Congressman known as The Great Compromiser, from whom I get my middle name. You can see his statue on display in the State Capitol building on Shockoe Hill. I’m thrilled to join the Richmond Rides Team as a guide to introduce you to all of the beauty, intrigue, and history that RVA has to offer.
When I’m not guiding tours I can be found singing using my classical training in the bel canto tradition. I also do re-enactments of the Second Virginia Convention at St John’s Church (more commonly known as where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech “Give me Liberty or GIve me Death.”
When I”m not guiding tours I can be found teaching at VCU in the Focused Inquiry Department. I also teach Zumba at the Robinson Theater. I’ve lived in Church Hill for the past 10 years and now call Forest Hills home. I love being outdoors, reading, going on retreats to monasteries, and visiting my friends and family around the US and the globe.
When I’m not guiding tours, I can be found teaching drama to High School Students in Chesterfield.
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