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Final Thoughts

 

Here’s a perspective on the UCI World Race from me. I tried to bring in different angles into  my Storify account that included different opinions. I think a great part of the world race was the anticipation. Advertisement and news hit hard– you couldn’t avoid the traction! I was suprised how empty and quiet Richmond felt during the race. I assumed more locals would be around. For me, it felt like the city avoided the race by all means. I barely had to look twice before crossing commonly busy streets. We were urged to stay away from the bike race if necessary. Tons of businesses (including VCU) closed off and worked from home. You can find in one of my articles how it talks about local businesses getting impacted by the race. I talked to a gas station owner that said the race put him into debt. He said that he prepared for the race by buying extra tobacco and alcohol products to only find that there were no VCU student around. Campus was dead. It was hard to get around the street. You had to walk several blocks before being able to cross. Law enforcement was everywhere. The actual race itself was fun and full of energy! I don’t think anyone could deny that it was pretty cool to have the race in our front yards. It was amazing to see how far people traveled to spectate the race. I really enjoyed talking to race spectators to see what their story was. I think our student body did very well with UCI coverage. In my Storify you will find a link by Eurah Lee done for the Richmond Times Dispatch about an unexpected arrest during the race. (Yes, I had to throw a little drama in there.) I think Richmond handled the race pretty well, overall. If anything…we over prepared. Maybe next year more locals will stick around to enjoy the festivities!

 

 

The Worlds 2015 (From a locals point of view)

Fanning out. Here's a empty lunch bag from an Italian rider... they are called "mussettes".
Fanning out. Here’s a empty lunch bag from an Italian rider… they are called “mussettes”.
What many VCU students may recognize as a popular street near campus is now being taken over by the Womens Junior Road Race!
What many VCU students may recognize as a popular street near campus is now being taken over by the Womens Junior Road Race!
Chloe Dygert, 4th in line, has bridged over to join Emma White in the breakaway. (Womens Junior Road Race)
Chloe Dygert, 4th in line, has bridged over to join Emma White in the breakaway. (Womens Junior Road Race)
First Place Winner of the Womens Junior Road Race, Chloe Dygert. (TEAM USA!)
First Place Winner of the Womens Junior Road Race, Chloe Dygert. (TEAM USA!)
Who says Richmond locals can't have their fun in #TheWorldsatVCU, too?
Who says Richmond locals can’t have their fun in #TheWorldsatVCU, too?
These guys were the first group to finish the Colonial Williamsburg fondo. They came from  Philly!
These guys were the first group to finish the Colonial Williamsburg fondo. They came from Philly!

UCI Visitors

Q&A

Name: Gary & Deby Ogden City and country: Jacksonville, FL Age: "Spring chickens, in our late 30's" Occupation: Gary, retired contractor. Deby, HR director at bank Do you follow bicycle racing? We are so excited to be here! This is our first experience! How many races do you attend a year? We've heard about races like these, but haven't actually taken time out to get the full experience. Do you have a favorite rider? All of them are truly inspirational to us, but of course we are rooting for team USA. How did you get involved in the sport? Sometimes we ride our bikes together during beach trips, we see how hard it is to be a cyclist. What’s the farthest you have traveled to watch a race? From Florida to New York for our daughters half marathon. What other sports do you follow? Football, golf, baseball, and we enjoy the Olympics. Do your friends or family think you are nuts? DUH! All of our family think we're crazy for making this trip. What are your impressions of Richmond? It seems very cool and fresh. There are a lot of sites to see, and the people are really friendly. I think Richmond prepped well for the race.
Name: Gary & Deby Ogden
City and country: Jacksonville, FL
Age: “Spring chickens, in our late 30’s”
Occupation: Gary, retired contractor. Deby, HR director at bank
Do you follow bicycle racing?
We are so excited to be here! This is our first experience!
How many races do you attend a year?
We’ve heard about races like these, but haven’t actually taken time out to get the full experience.
Do you have a favorite rider?
All of them are truly inspirational to us, but of course we are rooting for team USA.
How did you get involved in the sport?
Sometimes we ride our bikes together during beach trips, we see how hard it is to be a cyclist.
What’s the farthest you have traveled to watch a race?
From Florida to New York for our daughters half marathon.
What other sports do you follow?
Football, golf, baseball, and we enjoy the Olympics.
Do your friends or family think you are nuts?
DUH! All of our family think we’re crazy for making this trip.
What are your impressions of Richmond?
It seems very cool and fresh. There are a lot of sites to see, and the people are really friendly. I think Richmond prepped well for the race.

About Me

 

Hello,

My name is Janice Millan, a broadcast journalism major at VCU. Outside of school you can find me doing something active whether its swimming, running, volunteering, hiking, shopping…..or eating. (Ok, maybe eating isn’t exactly active.) I signed up for this course because it’s unique. There aren’t many other courses like this on campus so I’m looking forward more about the UCI Championship. I thought it was pretty cool too that this class was only 50 bucks. I like to ride my bike, but not professionally. I don’t have a helmet or the proper cycling bike, but I  take spinning classes sometimes. Leisurely biking is fun. I like to use Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Those are the three major social platforms that have been effective in my engagement with others. I use Twitter to connect with other journalists. I use Instagram as a way to get know me, but it still has insight of my journalism journey. Facebook, for me,  is purely for socializing and procrastinating my homework.

UCI Road World- I am ready for you!

Janice