This class has been a very enjoyable and fun class. I decided to take this class because I needed a one credit class that would be relatively easy to fulfill. This class also sparked my interest because it did not last for the entire semester and it sounded like an interesting class that would only be around for this semester since the bike race was a once in a lifetime opportunity to have here in Richmond, Virginia. It was never a bad thing that the tuition was discounted for these courses either.
I am a criminal justice and homeland security major, so a class like this is not the usual type of classes I am a part of. I have not really had any previous experiences working with media and covering events, so I thoroughly enjoyed getting to learn about it and getting to practice some of it myself. It was really neat to read other people’s work in this class and learn from them too, especially those who were interning for the Richmond Times Dispatch.
What I found the most interesting was actually being able to be a part of the bike race and experience this opportunity. It is awesome that our college could be such a big part of this event and helped it run so successfully. Seeing how it brought the community together and how many people traveled here for this event was neat. When I watched the news and looked at media through the duration of this event, I also enjoyed seeing a lot of positivity and hearing about what was taking place during this event and how I could get involved. News and media is normally negative, so having this positivity right here where we lived was great to experience.
The only thing I was not a huge fan of was figuring out the whole RamPages site. I am used to the traditional format of Blackboard and would much rather prefer using that. Once the layout of the class website was changed, it was a little easier to understand and navigate through, but I have never used this before prior to this semester. I also enjoyed learning how to use new media outlets throughout this class that I had never looked at or used before.
(For my 10 tweets, I ran the @RTDSports twitter account for the second shift.)
Kristin Armstrong at the start of the Women’s Elite Time Trial, with a time that held first place through 38 riders– ended up 5th overall.
Men competing in the Elite Men’s Road Race, round the corner onto Main st. after the climb up Libby Hill park.
Crowd at Libby Hill Park was incredible for the Elite Men’s Road Race– the final race of the UCI World Championships 2015.
The cobbles stone parts of the course proved to be very challenging for the riders all week as they fought to climb the steep cobble lined hills of Richmond.
During the Elite Men’s Road Race, country team members held out food and water for the riders to grab as they completed their 160 mile ride to the finish.
The women riders from the Elite Women’s Road Race fought up the cobble stone hill 8 times throughout the race.
Team BMC members racing down Main st. during the Elite Men’s Team Time Trial.
Governor Terry McAuliffe was out supporting the Elite Men’s Road Race– shaking hands and taking pictures with everyone who approached him.
A beautiful way to advertise the host of the 2015 UCI World Championships– Virginia is for lovers “LOVE” sign beneath all of the competing countries flags.
Main and 5th. Pace car following the racer going down the hill. Shimano was a big sponsor of the entire event. In the front, you can also see the lead motorcycle.
Biker representing Mexico during the men’s individual time trials. Located at Main and 5th.
Some spectators and a volunteer watching the races. The volunteers were able to stand on the roads and helped people cross the streets and answer questions about information anyone needed. Everyone else had to remain behind the gates that closed the streets off. The weather was pretty rainy this day and it was a workday so there were not a lot of people around,
Thai Racer during the individual men’s time trials located on Main and 5th. You can see the media in the background.
Another Thai racer coming down Main and 5th during the men’s individual time trials. Being followed by the media crew and the chaser vehicles.
Irish racer coming down the hill on Main and 3rd during the woman’s individual time trials. She had great form. Looks like a very expensive bike. You can also see spectators watching the races.
A Norwegian racer coming down the corner of Main and 3rd during the women’s individual time trials. A spectator told me that there was an accident that had just happened around the bend right before I had gotten there.
Start/Finish Line on Broad Street. Beautiful location for the races to take place.
Sign inside the Fan Fest at the Greater Richmond Convention Sign. This sign was affiliated with the Virginia is for Lovers exhibit.
Had the opportunity to interview Keith Perrin from Mechanicsville, Virginia this weekend while downtown at the bike races. He is 44 years old and is an Electrician. He started following bike races in 2005 because of Lance Armstrong’s movement. This week was the first week of races that he has ever attended. His favorite rider is Alberto Contador. The furthest that he traveled was to watch a race was downtown Richmond from Mechanicsville where he stayed 6 hours watching the race intently. The other sports that he follows include traditional sports such as tennis, football and basketball. His wife and 4 kids think he is crazy that he watches cycling on television and that he went downtown all by himself to watch the races throughout this past week. He believes that Richmond did a fantastic job in putting on this event this week and is very sad that it is over but has a lot of great pictures to remember it by.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — At roughly 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, USA’s Kristin Armstrong hit the Women’s Elite Time Trial course second following German’s Corinna Lechner.
The crowd surrounding the start ramp was roaring as the count down for Armstrong begun.
Armstrong would go on to finish with a time that proved to be the best against 37 other riders until the last wave of women came in and absolutely demolished it.
Linda Villumsen of New Zealand has been on the podium five times in time trial races, but until today has never taken home the gold.
From the start ramp to the finish line; people yelling, cow bells ringing, and fencing lines being pounded on is all you can hear while every rider passes by.
“When a rider comes by everyone’s cheering but then it goes quiet when they pass.” said Chuck Wandling of Hanover, Virginia. “It’s like surfing and waiting for the next big wave to come.”
From the locals of Richmond to those who have traveled the globe to come watch, there was a constant crowd of people waiting to cheer on the women as they accomplished this grueling course.
For many people this was their first professional bike race, and to see what goes into getting these riders on course was foreign to a lot of people.
“It was very exciting, I was amazed at the speed and the entourage of vehicles with the riders.” said Nalini Premkumar of Henrico.
At the finish line of the Women’s Elite Time Trial stood Hermann Pruisken and Martine ole Wit of Rotterdam, catching the eyes of many, dressed head-to-toe in orange holding a huge flag of the Netherlands.
Pruisken said they were there supporting Anna Van Der Breggan, who finished second, and Ellen Van Dijk, who finished seventh. Both riders were representing the Netherlands in the individual time trial.
Pruisken and Wit travel the world supporting these two women.
“We’ve been to I don’t know at least 50 races this year,” said Prusiken.
As the last wave of riders entered the course commentators were already calling the race, saying that Armstrong would stay in the lead and take home gold.
That all went downhill as four of the six riders in the last group demolished Armstrong’s time – something which no one had come close to throughout the race.
Linda Villumsen beat Armstrong at every time check of the race. She stayed at a steady pace and beat Armstrong’s time by 20.58 seconds to win her first gold in Women’s Elite Time Trials.
After her confirmed win, Villumsen was still very clearly in shock.
“I just can’t believe it,” she said.
Finishing in third place was Lisa Brennauer who was the defending national champion coming out of Germany. She was the last rider to go of the 44 riders.
Bike racing may not be the most coveted sport here in the U.S, however bringing a world championship race to the City of Richmond has sparked some interest.
“I’ll definitely be back to watch more of the races,” Premkumar said.
Wandling added, “I’ve never been to a biking event but it was quite fascinating. I’ll be back.”
The action for Tuesday finished up around 4:50 p.m., but the races start up again at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday with the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial starting in Doswell, Virginia.