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Bicycling advocates urged a room full of enthusiasts Tuesday to promote the sport and do their part to help make Richmond a more bike-friendly place.

Tuesday night’s event at the Science Museum of Virginia, highlighted the importance of Richmond’s bid to bring the World Road Cycling Championships to the city in 2015.

The decision of where the 2015 event will be held is down to two bidders, Richmond and Oman, a country on the Arabian peninsula. The winning bid will be announced in late September at this year’s world championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

One of the No. 1 reasons Richmond is is in the running to be chosen is because, the city is within a half-day’s drive of 50 percent of the U.S. population.”

Residents were urged to let their political representatives (mayor, governor, etc.) know how important cycling is to the Richmond area.

If successful, the nine-day event could bring nearly 500,000 people and $135.3 million in estimated economic benefits to the area and showcase the city in television broadcasts to millions of cycling fans worldwide.