Catherine Illian


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.  

Matt Illian


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 The SRI Investor. I'm passionate about connecting investing with values at a startup I founded.  

Tracy Haines


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. 

 Actor, Guide, Teaching Artist 

Actor, Guide, Teaching Artist 

Joseph Bromfield


Hi, I'm Joseph Bromfield.   

Hey there y’all! I’m an actor, teaching artist, and general biking enthusiast based in scenic Richmond, Virginia. You may have seen me onstage at the historic November Theatre as part of Virginia Rep’s popular production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER last October 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, I am a relative newcomer to the River City. However, 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.


Cody Grabhorn


Hey! I'm Cody Grabhorn! I currently work with Richmond Rides and the American Civil War Museum. As you can imagine, I love anytime I get to communicate the importance of history both broad spectrum and local.  I am captivated by the wonderful learning experience you can cultivate with being on a bike and enjoying the beautiful city of Richmond.  When I'm not guiding tours I enjoy doing living history, cycling, writing, and gardening (I just made a planter out of an old dresser!) 

Lauren Elens


Originally from the Gulf Coast, I decided to make Richmond my home after falling in love with Central Virginia while completing my MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia.  Richmond hooked me with its complicated history, beautiful architecture, and lively arts culture. I have always had an obsession with history. In 5th grade my parents gave me and my brothers the option of going to Disney World or doing a Civil War battlefield tour up the East Coast. Well, I definitely chose the latter. Who wouldn't? When not guiding tours, I can be found acting on local stages, teaching theatre and public speaking around the city, or planning weddings and events with Blue Ridge AV and Lighting. I believe there is no better way to immerse oneself into a city than by bicycle, and I hope that after your tour with us Richmond will hook you like it did me!


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