While this is not on the “political” front as most other posts on Blue Virginia I think it is very fitting to send a strong congratulations to Richmond, Virginia for being selected to host the 2015 Road World Championships for cycling. This is big news for Richmond but also Virginia because this is the premiere event each and every year in professional cycling. The amount of media and fan involvement at an event like this is huge which in turn will produce a strong economic spur to the area and businesses.
The 2015 World Championships are scheduled to take place September 19-27 and will feature elite men and women, under 23 men, and junior men and women. The last time the world championships were held in the United States was 1986 in Colorado Springs and the last time Richmond hosted a major pro cycling event was 2007 with the US Cycling Open. An event like this attracts some of the largest names in professional cycling every year in order for a chance to wear the coveted “Rainbow Jersey” which signifies that world champion in their discipline.
Richmond is definitely not new to the world of professional cycling and in my opinion this could lead to even more involvement for not only Richmond but also Virginia in bringing more professional sporting events to the Commonwealth.