2015 UCI World Championship Road Races

At the end of May my wife and I decided to go to Richmond, VA for the world championship bike races. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity since the last time the races were in the United States was 29 years ago. We combined the drive to Richmond with a visit to my youngest daughter and our grandsons in Ohio.

We arrived in Richmond on September 24th. After checking in to our hotel we drove downtown to look at the race area and find potential parking places. The road races began on the 25th with the time trails earlier in the week. It looked like there would be parking close to the start/finish line and we planned on being there.

Each day I was at the 50M sign from the finish line. The weather Friday (25th) included a chance of rain but it didn’t materialize. My wife watched the Friday races but decided to stay at the hotel on Saturday because the rain percentage was higher. I arrived at the 50M spot to watch the start of the Junior Women’s Road Race. The crowd was light at the start but by the finish it was much bigger. The excitement was great with two Team USA women coming in 1st and 2nd. At 12:45 the Under 23 Men’s road Race started and the crowd increased. This time Team USA did not finish at the top but still did great. Driving to the start line we got lost and drove by Libby Hill where the course went up hill on cobble stones. Somehow we got our bearings and made it the starting area.

While waiting on the racers to return to the start/finish each lap I talked to people around me. We met people from Weatherford, TX, Columbia, Florida, Atlanta, GA, Chapel Hill, NC. The people from Erteria were committed to cheering their riders and probably won the spirit award with their flags and cohesiveness.

Saturday was the Junior Men’s road race beginning at 9:00 AM. The sky held back on raining but there was drizzle from time to time. Again I was at the 50M sign or closer to the start finish line. The crowd was bigger than Friday. The Elite Women’s Road Race began at 1:00 with the drizzle still hanging around. The noise at the finish line ramped up each time the women passed through on their 8 laps. Across from where I was one of the VIP areas held people willing to pay the price of admission. Team USA Women tired hard but were not able to win with Team USA member Megan Guarnier taking the bronze medal.

Sunday the Elite Men’s road Race started at 9:00 but not at the start/finish used by the other races. I didn’t read the information correctly that they would start at the University of Richmond about 8 miles away. I wanted to get pictures of the pro’s but wasn’t able to with the mistake. The crowd was much bigger on Sunday. Again the weather forecast called for rain but it didn’t happen. I parked much closer and left the umbrellas in the Jeep but easily accessible. Every time the breakaway and peloton passed the crowd went crazy beating on the barriers and ringing the cowbells Shimano gave out. It was great. Watching Peter Sagan approach the finish line was super as the chasers tried to catch him but failed.

After the race was over we left to go back to the hotel. Once I got back I checked my phone and saw a message from USA Cycling that I had won a signed Team USA jersey from a picture I posted on Twitter. They asked me to come by the booth at the FanFest but since I was already gone I asked if they could send it to me. I am looking forward to getting it and mounting it for display.

I took many pictures with links below. The pictures are broken up by the date.


Vuelta a Espana On Local TV

If you need a fix of European grand stage racing the Vuelta is on Houston TV channel KIAH (39-2 digital channel) courtesy of the Universal Sports Cable network I am not sure of the times but you can check their website for a schedule.

I plan on watching many stages. If you are not in Houston there may be a sister channel in your town that is using one of their back side digital channels to carry the Vuelta.

With the addition of the extra digital channels I am finding it hard to impossible to find out their broadcasting schedules.

Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 6/11- 6/17/09

from http://austinontwowheels.org/

Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week from our comprehensive calendar of all cycling events. Thanks to Jason at ATXBS for letting us know about some events we couldn’t find elsewhere. As always, if there is an event you know about that’s not on our calendar contact us, and we’ll add your event on and possibly add it to the weekly round up.

Kenny Hill AutoWerks’ Driveway Criterium Races
4:30 PM, Community Rally, 5:30 PM, Races, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Ln
Weekly Thursday night road racing through October that takes place on the closed car-free driving course at the Driveway. Races include Cat 4/5 at 6:10, Cat 3/4 at 5:30, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:45 to choose from with a fourth Masters race (40 + years old) running from May 21- August 6 starting at 7:45. Open riding during Community Rally from 4:30- 5:30 PM. Races registration $20, Rally $10. $5 off with 8 oz can donated to Capital Area Food Bank. See our article about the series for more info.

Thursday Night Bike Polo
5:30 PM, Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave
The Austin Bike Polo Club has added another weekly match to the regular Sunday afternoon affair. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any. Check out our recent article on bike polo for more info.

City Council action on the Austin 2009 Master Bike Plan
6PM, Austin City Hall
The Austin 2009 Master Bike Plan is up for passage by the Austin City Council, and we need to a strong showing by the cycling community in support of passage and full funding of the plan. Click here to learn more and see how else you can let the City Council know you support the plan.

Urban Night Ride
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
A new ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet at Pedestrian Bridge at 7:30p.m. leave at 8:00p.m. sharp. Bring your cameras & twitter phones and get some good sunset shots. This week’s ride will pick up where last week’s left off with an eastside cruise followed by free beer at Club DeVille. DJ Pole Cat will be DJing at the party. You’ll be able to bring your bikes in the club and park them at the back bar as long as we keep the fire exit clear. As always, bring a valid ID as they will be checking.

Armadillo Hill Country Classic Volunteer Appreciation Picnic and Ride
8 AM, Brushy Creek Lake Park, 3300 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX
Meet at Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park as we thank our volunteers who helped make this year’s Armadillo Hill Country Classic a success. The park is located off of Brushy Creek Road just east of Parmer Lane. Please park at the back of the parking lot near the restrooms and water feature. Everyone is welcome to join us for rides of 12, 20, 33, 46, and 63 miles. After the ride we’ll have a special party for our volunteers which will include a barbeque lunch in the park. There will be several hosted rides leaving from the park including a 5.5 mile kids and family ride within the park. Ride organizer: Patti at 512-799-4833

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Mamma Jamma Training Ride Kick Off
8:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces St
Saturday mornings spent exploring City of Austin bike routes finding new neighborhoods and ways to get around on your bike. The Scout-A-Route crew hosts the Mamma Jamma Training Ride Kick Off. This ride is open to everyone whether or not you are participating in the Oct 10th Mamma Jamma Ride. We’ll take you on a pretty flat course through downtown to get your legs moving again and get to know some of the other riders interested in benefiting breast cancer service organizations. Longer ride lengths will be available. Come at 8:00am for pre-ride coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at eileen@mellowjohnnys.com or 512-426-4851.

Tour De Pepper Ride
8:30 AM, Dublin High School, Dublin, TX
For one week every year Dublin, Texas becomes Dr Pepper, Texas. And now you are invited to ride her hills and trails in a bike event unlike any other, the Tour de Pepper. By participating in the ride you can become part of a cycle of change as you team up with Kids Across Cultures and Dublin Dr Pepper to make a difference in our world. Choose from ride routes of 9, 34, or 62 miles. Following your ride, join in the festivities of Dublin Dr Pepper Days and help celebrate the 118th birthday of the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant in the world. Family friendly fun and all the original recipe Dr Pepper you can drink is available only a short distance from the bike ride finish line.

Violet Crown Cycles Custom City Bikes at the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market
9 AM- 1 PM, Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market, Tony Burger Center Parking Lot, 3200 Jones Rd
Austin’s newest framebuilder, Violet Crown Cycles, now has a booth at the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market. Violet Crown Cycles is a builder of custom, handbuilt Dutch style city bikes. View and test ride sample bikes, browse custom options, and have your questions answered about the bike building process and the features of bikes truly built for transportation. Come out and see the bikes and get some fresh, locally grown food while your at it.

Sunday Morning Fixie Ride
8:20 AM, Posse East, 2900 Duval St
The ride is focused on fixed-gear bikes, but everyone is welcome. The ride will proceed at a social pace from the UT campus to the south this week for about 26 miles total. The route is mostly flat, but there will be a few hills near the end.

East Side Hill Ride
9 AM, The Peddler Bike Shop 119 W. North Loop
Head out from the Peddler Bike Shop and enjoy the east side for some short, sharp climbs. Finish at Epoch for coffee. Please park on side of Musical Exchange or on Ave F side street. Distance: 32.5 mi. Contact: Greg Ritter at gritter@tca.edu or 512-906-6709

Capital City BMX Weekly Race Series
1 PM, Capital City BMX, 15010 FM Road 620 North
The Capital City BMX opened in November 2008 and offers you a chance to learn and race BMX. BMX races are held every Sunday with rider check-in 1-2 PM. Cost $10/rider. (There is also practice time on Saturday’s. Check Capital City BMX for more info.)

Hardcourt Bike Polo
4 PM, Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave
Join fellow bike polo enthusiasts as part of the newly formed Austin Bike Polo Club for a friendly Sunday match every week. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any. Check out our recent article on bike polo for more info.

Weekly Ladies Ride presented by Team Hotel San Jose and Mellow Johnny’s
5:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St
This is a weekly Monday ride reserved just for the ladies! Join experienced and knowledgeable riders from Mellow Johnny’s and Team Hotel San Jose for a friendly and moderately paced social ride (14-16mph average). This is a perfect chance to become more comfortable riding in a group, ask questions about pack riding or racing, meet other ladies like yourself who also enjoy riding, and keep up your fitness. We start at 5:30pm and will ride for 1-2 hours.

Ride Like a Girl Women’s Mountain Bike Rides
6 PM, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, 12138 N Lamar Blvd
The Austin Ridge Riders are hosting a five month program of weekly Monday evening women’s mountain bike rides, plus weekend rides at local mountain bike trails/parks. This is an opportunity to meet other women to ride with, learn new trails and learn new skills. Each ride will divide up into groups based on riders’ abilities and speed and will have a beginner clinic/ride, intermediate, and advanced group rides. Rides will last 1 – 2.5 hours. Prizes and gift certificates from our sponsors will be raffled away after every ride. All riders must wear a helmet, bring plenty of water, and have a trail-worthy bike in good working condition. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time.

Urban Transportation Commission Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee
6 PM, City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street, Room #1029
The Urban Transportation Commission advises the city council, city manager and all other transportation-related departments concerning transportation-related matters. This subcommittee works on bike and pedestrian related issues that are considered by the entire commission.

Trek Travel Reception
6:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Mellow Johnny’s cordially invites you to join us for an evening reception of cocktails, horsd’oeuvres and Trek Travel. Whether it is white water rafting in Costa Rica, amazing sunset wine tastings in Tuscany or climbing the legendary mountain passes of the Alps, Trek Travel has your vacation of a lifetime. Please RSVP to erin@mellowjohnnys.com.