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UCI Worlds: Preparation

We leave for Richmond in three days! We've had this vacation on the calendar for two years. In 2013, we had tickets, an apartment, and plans to spend a week in Florence, Italy for the UCI Worlds Road Races. Unfortunately Terry was dealing with major back pain and we had to cancel. It was disappointing but the right decision. At that time, two years ago, we vowed to attend the UCI Worlds event in Richmond, Virginia in 2015. 

The 2014 UCI Worlds were in Ponferrada, Spain. Last September, I was swamped at work and Terry was still struggling with his back, but at least considering surgery. I blogged about the minimal media coverage for our US athletes, especially with America hosting the following year. Both of us were looking forward to being at the race in Richmond in one year's time with healthy bodies and no limitation to knowing what was happening.

Finally we are only 3 days away from vacation and 5 days until the first UCI Worlds race! We are both relatively healthy, ready for a work vacation, and the preparation has begun! 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we purchased Ritchey Break-Away bikes and they are taking their inaugural trip to the East Coast. They were built up last week and we took them riding a few times, then yesterday we packed them up. For our first time tearing them down, we returned to Contender Bicycles so Ryan could show us the process on one and oversee us packing the second. We can't say enough about the outstanding customer service over the last few weeks in order to make our vacation deadline.

The bikes are packed, we are finishing up projects at work, doing last minute errands, and starting to prepare for our time in Richmond. We've started to research routes to ride, restaurants, and sightseeing favorites if we get any free time. I'm also thrilled to be meeting up with my friend Jill that lives nearby. We worked together almost 15 years ago and were on the Italy project together which brings back such good memories. We've kept up to date on FB but until last week hadn't even spoken on the phone in 15 years.

I'm not working at UCI Worlds like I did for Tour of Utah or other races, but that doesn't mean I'm not involved. We'll be attending several events in the evenings and I'm working on an event to help bring together the women's cycling community. I'll have more on that in the next few days, but I had a planning session today and am so excited about what it could become! (Update: #WorldsSocial Event) UCI Worlds hasn't been in the US for 29 years and we need to take advantage of the opportunity. We have the ability to show the world that we can collaborate and put on an awesome event, so all hands on deck.


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