RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The city of Richmond is in the running to host one of the biggest cycling championships in the world. Police escorted some very important people to check out possible routes around the city hoping to get picked for the 2015 UCI World Road Cycling Championships.
Traffic had to stop for a second to make way for these distinguished guests - getting picked for host the event would be just as big as hosting the Olympics here in Richmond, but for the cycling world.
"We have beautiful bike routes, the river, the terrain it all fits very well with the type of event this is," said Tammy Hawley of the Mayor's office.
The Championships will take place September 19 – 27, 2015.
The economic impact would be huge. The organizing committee - Richmond 2015 predicts the event would bring $135 million to the commonwealth. About 300,000 people will attend and about 300 million people will watch it on TV.
Richmond and state leaders are crossing their fingers, hoping the UCI reps liked what they saw on the tour.
"It went very well. We're looking at showing them around the city looking at possible courses," said Tim Miller, the Executive Director of Richmond 2015.
But when we asked about the specific courses, we were told, it's too early for that.
"I don't really want to talk about the courses yet because right now we're just proposing possible courses. We need to have their feedback. We won't know for a little while what the courses are. They have to approve them," said Miller.
UCI reps gave us a little insight after the tour around Richmond.
"Very good to see the scenery of the city, so we did enjoy it," said Marc Chovelon, the Sports Director for UCI.
There's one other place in the running and that's the Arab state of Oman near Dubai.
The decision will be announced in the third week of September at the world championships in Copenhagen.