Not since the days of Tour Dupont and Tour de Trump and don't forget Coors Classic has Richmond really seen any true road racing events.
The question that seems to be out there is; "Richmond going to be the next Cycling City"? Is this event going to give cyclist (Bike Commuters) the bike lanes, routes, parking, and other services that they have been wanting? I don't know answer to this question or if we will be the next Cycling City. But I would think that something has to happen.
Check out here as one source that links to other sites on this subject and what people are posting about it.
For somebody that will start working in the city in the next six months this could be a really cool thing to happen. But being what seems to being the Capital of NASCAR, tobacco, and the NCAA it seems like there is a long ways to go!