Hi all! Coming out of a long bikeforums hiatus to answer this thread. I've lived just outside Richmond for 15 years, and I have to tell you that it has changed a lot in that time. Yes, its reputation was as a dingy, backwater, racist, murder capital. Well, crime is down, culture is up, hipsters are everywhere, craft beer is flowing, and Richmond is embracing cycling like it never has before. We're kind of becoming the Portland of the east coast. There are new paths and bike lanes popping up all over town, as well as really spectacular, challenging MTB trails right along the James River.
So if you're at all interested in UCI, come on up/down in 2015 and see what Richmond is all about. You will be surprised.