RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thousands of people came out to West Main Village to watch the Elite Men’s Road Race, and celebrate the last day of the UCI Road World Championships. Big crowds also meant big business.
On the last day of the worlds, Bill Fischer and his family decided to go big.
“We left home around 6 and got here early and got a nice spot, and it seems to be doing what it was designed to do,” said Fischer, referring to his small RV. They set up chairs on the roof to watch the race.
They had a perfect view from the corner of Lombardy and West Main Streets, as the rest of the world watched Richmond live on TV.
“The city looks great, and it’s nice to be a citizen of Richmond today,” said Clifford Barcliff.
“The last three days have been pretty electric,” said Jeff Allums, owner of Baja Bean Co.
“Today has just been amazing. We’ve had probably 5,000 people probably in our corner all day long. The vendors have had a great time,” said Tammy Rostov, owner of Rostov’s Coffee & Tea.
Restaurant owners in the area say they’ve seen an uptick in business the past couple of days of racing. That’s welcomed news, considering things didn’t get off to a great start.
“Think it was kind of a slow start, with the rain and not really knowing what to expect, but I just think the community got behind everybody,” said Rostov.
“Mother Nature held off and, if it had rained like they had predicted, I don’t think we’d nearly see the turnout that we did,” said Allums.
“It’s really fun because they’re up next to you and you get to see them zoom by and you can cheer for your team and everything,” said Ava Blasch.
“It’s been fantastic. We met people from all over so it’s really been fun,” said Fischer.