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    2015 Worlds - US Bound...?

    Can it be? Road Worlds in the USA? I missed CX Worlds, which would've been a dream to go to. I might start pulling together a road trip crew, because I want this to happen. If nothing else, I'll ride my bike there from the Midwest.

    Looks like it hasn't been to America since before I was born (last was in '86 in Colorado Springs?). I've never been to Virginia, so exploring new places and watching Worlds would be a win-win.

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    You just found this out.. I knew back in 2012..

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiepliers View Post
    You just found this out.. I knew back in 2012..

    EDIT: Yes, sometimes I am a dick..
    I never spent much time looking into when and where races will be held. I tend to stick to watching live events and riding my bike.

    Nevertheless, I'm curious as to if anyone on bikeforums plans on spectating in person. I've been doing some research today and it looks like I'll be facing a 16 1/2 hour drive one way. No doubt, I want to go. I just hope I can find someone else to help share the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THSdrummer View Post
    Can it be? Road Worlds in the USA? I missed CX Worlds, which would've been a dream to go to. I might start pulling together a road trip crew, because I want this to happen. If nothing else, I'll ride my bike there from the Midwest.

    Looks like it hasn't been to America since before I was born (last was in '86 in Colorado Springs?). I've never been to Virginia, so exploring new places and watching Worlds would be a win-win.

    Thoughts?

    http://richmond2015.com/
    I'll be there but of course I live here so it will not be difficult. The courses were just released today and they are pretty neat. The road circuit is going to be epic with three sections of cobbles and two of them are short steep climbs. The National Collegiate Championships will be here in May as a test event over the same courses.

    Suck it up and make the drive.

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    I plan to be there both this May and in 2015. I like to ride in Richmond, but I live only 2hrs away.

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    I saw the courses were released today, but I haven't given them a good look yet. The pre-course release said cobbles would be included. Since you live in Richmond, are the courses on fairly rideable roads when open to traffic? (i.e. is there a lot of traffic, stoplights, or not so much?) I would like to ride all of the courses if I get to come out. I've been spreading the word to my cycling friends. I'll be sending a text to a friend who knows most of the local riders and asking the LBS and university cycling club down the stretch if anyone plans on going. I'd love to load up a van with people and bikes and spend a week out Richmond in September.

    I'm not worried about the 16 1/2 hour drive. I'm just worried about the gas I need to keep the car running and the money for lodging. I'll look into more options tomorrow. I've only looked at the official hotel stuff as of right now. It'll be an expensive trip. At this point 5 days out there will cost more than the 14 days I stayed in Colorado, unless I can locate some free or cheaper places to stay.

    I'd love to come out in May for Collegiate Nationals, but I'll be finishing up finals week at that point, and possibly be heading into my own championship race. I'll just plan on skipping school for a week in September 2015 though
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    Except for the individual time trial, the courses all start in downtown Richmond and they all finish in downtown so there are a lot of stop lights. The team time trial rides on roads that I frequently ride and are part of an annual century event called the Cap2Cap. It goes through a Civil War battlefied.

    The cobbled sections of the road race are a windy steep uphill in a city park called Libbie Hill. From there it goes back down the hill and then up a one block section of 23rd street that is cobbled and is a real ball buster of a climb. Short but steep. I have climbed it once.....only once. The next section will be famous Monument Avenue which is not really cobbles but asphalt block pavers which are not too bad on which to ride. The last section of cobbles is Shockoe Slip which is two blocks of rough cobbles. The road race course is really very cool.

    The individual time trial starts at Kings Dominion which is an amusement park 30 miles north of town. It winds past an area where our local club has weekly rides.

    With regards to lodging, you may consider camping if you are starving college students. I doubt the crowds will be huge in May for the collegiate championships so that would be a good chance to scout out the area. The largest club is the Richmond Area Bicycle Association (RABA) and our website is http://www.raba.org

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    I live in Richmond and have ridden all of these roads. I'm definitely excited about these courses, although I'm a little disappointed that they didn't include any of the riverside road running along the south side of the river. It's a classic spot to ride and has great views of the city. They also might want to repave the southern turn around point for the RR, those roads (especially wharf) are super rough. As a grad student that also races collegiate for VCU, it's kinda mind blowing to think that the grand tour teams will be riding through campus next year. I'm also excited about nationals because we have a couple guys with legitimate shots at a win.

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    It practically goes by my house! The TTT starts in my area and is on the roads I regularly ride. The cobblestone climbs on the road race circuit will be great to watch (made all the better because I can walk to them!)

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    Cobbled climbs sound even more intense. I might try to set up my view point near 23rd street. That might be a bit to advanced of thinking. Right now I'm aiming at finding a way out there come September 2015.

    I can't imagine having grand tour teams riding through my campus. I go to school at a fairly small school in a small town, so no chance they'll come visit us. No real hills within town, although our campus does have a (smooth) stretch of bricks with a rougher strip of bricks being in town as well. I suppose I could use this as a selling point.

    tulip: That's incredible! My family had a French foreign exchange student over for two weeks (short exchange program). I was only home one weekend when he was here, but I talked to him about the Tour. There was a year it passed by his house. That'd be such an incredible experience! Not sure if I'll make it out for the TTT. It is my favorite discipline though. I keep telling myself "this doesn't happen often, splurge on this trip". We will see!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    It practically goes by my house! The TTT starts in my area and is on the roads I regularly ride. The cobblestone climbs on the road race circuit will be great to watch (made all the better because I can walk to them!)
    Used to live in Richmond, and do repeats up 23rd street at lunch.

    Watched Armstrong make the winning move on 23rd street in a stage of the Tour Dupont.

    Going to book a terrace suite at the Berkeley Hotel with a view from the terrace overlooking the course through Shockoe Slip.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    I live on a similar hill (well no cobbles and not quite as steep) that I keep saying I'm going to do repeats on but usually end up avoiding like the plague. I'm thinking of renting my house out for a *modest* sum to some international visitors with strong Euros.

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    23rd Street is a beast. I did it once.....only once. 19%.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    I live on a similar hill (well no cobbles and not quite as steep) that I keep saying I'm going to do repeats on but usually end up avoiding like the plague. I'm thinking of renting my house out for a *modest* sum to some international visitors with strong Euros.
    Dang, that's a fantastic way to make some money!

    If you are feeling generous, you could donate about 2x6 feet of floor space for a college kid to stay for several (or even just a few) days.

    It looks like I need to get the climb data on 23rd street. My former favorite hill (I have since found longer and similar gradient hills in the area) is .3 of a mile that shoots up just off of the main flat cycling highways in my hometown. It features a sloping left turn as the gradient kicks up, then tops out around 19-20% on a tight (short) right hand turn before taking a 90* turn left with a light gradient and then it's over. When ever I ride from home, I always make sure to visit it. No cobbles though.
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    I'm going with the wife. staying with some of her family, somewhere in Richmond. It's about 6 hours away for us.

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