History Makers: Richmond Cycling Corps

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – 8News is a proud sponsor of the 2014 History Makers Awards presented by the Valentine Richmond History Center. The recipients all have a hand in shaping our region. One of this year’s winners is the Richmond Cycling Corps.

It has been working in the Fairfield Court area for the past five years to introduce cycling to the community and recently turned an empty field behind Armstrong High School into a bike track. It’s home base for the high school’s cycling team, the first and only inner-city cycling team in the country.

“We made the trails here for that purpose,” explains Craig Dodson, Richmond Cycling Corps Founder and Executive Director. “But it’s not just a novelty. The team is currently ranked third in the state of Virginia.”

When the team is not using it, the course is open to the public, and it is opening eyes about the sport. “Culturally, cycling is not something that finds its way into the East End very well,” says Dodson. “To have infrastructure like this, it really is a gateway or point of entry for these kids in the East End to not just get into cycling but get into mountain biking.”

Dodson is honored that the Richmond Cycling Corps has been named a History Maker for the 10th annual celebration. “Every year we do something new with this program. We’re always pushing it forward,” he says gesturing to the bike track that just opened on September 13. “We sort of make history, but we’re always looking ahead.”

Richmond Cycling Corps will receive an award, along with radio personality “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence, Dorothy Gallimore of the Coal Pit Learning Center, CARITAS and Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary volunteer Bob Argabright.

The ceremony is on October 21 at the Valentine Richmond History Center. Tickets are currently on sale.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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