USA Cycling was in town last week taking a trial run around the Richmond 2015 course. We got some recommendations from USA Cycling locals Ben King and Andrea Dvorak.

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1. Edo's Squid

King, who ran a sub three hour marathon two days before riding the Richmond 2015 course, said Edo's Squid, an Italian stalwart in the Fan, has been an RVA favorite of his for quite a while.

2. Max's on Broad

King said the team ate at Max's on Broad the night before training. He said the food was incredible. He, and the rest of the team, must have stocked up on carbs because they didn't even seem winded after climbing the Libby Hill hill more than once.

3. VMFA/Monument Ave.

Dvorak is excited that the Richmond 2015 course will follow some of the same turns that her first-ever bike race took. She said the always excellent VMFA and gorgeous Monument Ave. are required stops when she's in town.

4. Virginia Capital Trail

There's still almost a year until the 50-mile trail connecting Richmond and Jamestown will be completed. Still, Dvorak is excited about the prospect of riding the trail from the future into the past.

5. The Richmond Marathon

Dvorak has run the Richmond Half Marathon a few times, and loves it. She was quick to point out that it's the friendliest marathon in the country, with good reason. The marathon runs November 15. There are still a few slots available!

King also said the mountain bike trails through the city and by Maymont are amazing, but we'll have more on that in a biking-specific post later.