For the first time since 1986 in Colorado Springs, CO, the pinnacle competition of cycling, the UCI Road World Cycling Championship Competition, is coming to the USA – and this time the River City is in the spotlight. Richmond, Virginia has been increasing its reputation within the United States through fostering a thriving local business and arts community, while also headquartering six Fortune 500 companies. It is a city known for it’s remarkable culinary and craft beer scenes and a passion for the outdoors. The James River, and it’s surrounding Park System, is one of Richmond’s crown jewels, offering the only urban Class III and IV whitewater, as well as over 20 miles of single-track within city limits. All of this is on top of the cities remarkable history. Richmond was the seat of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, the home of Edgar Allen Poe, and the site of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death” speech during the events of the American Revolutionary War.
The people who are lucky enough to call this magnificent city home are thrilled for people from all around the world to come and see how amazing Richmond is. The bike race will be held from September 19 -27 this year and is expected to draw in approximately 500,000 people from all across the globe throughout the four different events. The local business community of Richmond could not be more excited to have the opportunity to make their impression on this international audience and have been working around the clock to be prepared for the volume of traffic the race is predicted to bring. We here at the Farmhouse are also very eager to meet all of the wonderful people staying at the hotels in Shockoe and the surrounding area, as well as those going to the FanZones near our Church Hill and VCU cafés. Our Shockoe location’s “Artist of the Month” Joanna Tyka has also hung special bike themed work for the occasion! The city is abuzz with anticipation and eagerness as Richmond prepares itself to make history once again.
More information about the race itself, street closures, and fan packages can be found at: http://richmond2015.com/