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UCI Worlds: Megan Guarnier Wins Bronze Medal

It's Saturday night at UCI Worlds in Richmond and I'm a little tipsy from celebrating Megan Guarnier's Bronze Medal! The plan is to blog every evening about our adventures, so I'm determined to keep it going. I'm also tweeting, so follow me @GiroJenny for real-time updates.

If you don't have time to read, here's a quick recap of Day 8.

Food: Richmond on Broad Cafe, VIP House, Capital Ale House
Bike: None. Roads were wet and wanted to spend entire day at races. Did a lot of walking and dancing instead.
Races: Junior Men and Elite Women Road Race
Picks for Tomorrow: My heart is pulling for Brent Bookwalter (USA) but Niki Terpstra (NED) has been mentioned a few times.
Best Moment: USA Bronze Medal - Go Meg Go! Plus Megan secures spot for Olympics in Rio!
Not the Best Moment: Dealing with the hotel restaurant trying to get some food prepared quickly for Megan. Convinced that other countries would have dropped everything to make the newly crowned UCI Worlds Bronze Medal a meal, but not here.
Strangest Moment: I'm in a Richmond Magazine article talking women's cycling!
Best Cycling Encounter: Talking to current and former pro cyclists at the USA Cycling House while watching the best women cyclists in the world race the Worlds. Amazing experience - a million thanks to Alex and Penny!

We left the hotel at 8:30a, returned briefly at 6:30p, and were back for good at 10p. If I get the call, I'd be tempted to go back to Oktoberfest even with another early start tomorrow. What an incredible day! I'm going to leave the rest to pictures and captions. I've had too many Dark Hollows to do much story telling.

Terry starts the day with coffee along with Brent Bookwalter and Taylor Phinney
Junior Men charging up 23rd Street - USA rider Brandon McNulty
Junior Men on Libby Hill - American Adrien Costa
Fortunate to have amazing spot to watch the races - thanks USA Cycling!
Pro Women Peloton
Shelley Olds went down and later abandoned, as did USA teammate Lauren Stephens

Tayler Wiles - super domestique
Lauren Komanski's Dad excited and proud - and a tree climber!
Coryn Rivera leading the break 
Evelyn Stevens on final lap up Libby Hill
Megan Guarnier on final lap up Libby Hill
While I ran all over the USA Cycling House - Terry and Erik Zabel hung out in one place pivoting from TV to Cobbles
One of the oldest and most UCI Worlds decorated homes in Richmond (Church Hill neighborhood)
Back at the hotel - Megan Guarnier celebrates with teammates Coryn Rivera, Lauren Komanski, and Tayler Wiles
It Takes a Village - Megan celebrates with team, family, and staff
Megan and superstar staff - Kristen Keim and Corey Hart
Celebrating USA Bronze at Capital Ale House Oktoberfest - there was dancing and lots of beer!


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