RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The clock is ticking!
There are only 100 days until the UCI Road World Championships hit the river city — And there’s plenty of work that needs to be done before the big deadline.
As the clock winds down for the big 9-day race scheduled for September, workers are feverishly repairing roads like N. 23rd Street, as well as on Dock Street and elsewhere throughout the city.
Organizers of the international bike race say it’s hard to put an exact figure on what’s been done so far (and what still needs to be done.) Still, they remain optimistic.
“For years, we’ve been kind of asked, ‘Are we ready? Are we ready now?'” said Lee Kallman, Richmond 2015. “Well we’re not ready now because the event doesn’t start tomorrow… So the plan wasn’t to have everything ready a year ago.”
Meaning, there’s plenty of unfinished work to be done in Richmond.
“You’re talking about infrastructure, there are still some roads that need to be done.”
Despite all the work that still needs to be done, and the anticipated crowds that will converge on the community, local grandma Suzanne Flippo says she’s pumped about all the good the big race will bring to the city.
“I think it’s going to be more and more congested and more and more exciting… It really puts us on the map!”
Race organizers say they plan to release details of the impact of the race and how folks can get around the event next month.
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