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Richmond 2015 Unveils Courses for 2015 UCI Road World Championships

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TEAM TIME TRIAL – MEN’S AND WOMEN’S (Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015) Teams depart Rocketts Landing in Henrico County and head east on Route 5 before winding through Richmond National Battlefield Park, a historic Civil War site. The race enters the City of Richmond in Shockoe Bottom and finishes with a 350-meter-long climb of Governor Street next to the Virginia State Capital and dash down Broad Street to the Convention Center.

INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL CIRCUIT – JUNIOR MEN AND U23 (Monday, Sept. 21, 2015); JUNIOR WOMEN AND ELITE WOMEN (Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015) Racers depart the Convention Center and head to Monument Avenue. A 180-degree turn at the Jefferson Davis monument returns riders toward downtown, where they will speed through Virginia Commonwealth University and cross the James River before finishing with the climb of Governor Street and dash down Broad Street.

ELITE MEN’S INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL – 33 MILES (Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015) Racers begin in Hanover County at Kings Dominion and move past Meadow Event Park. Riders will pass the Hanover Courthouse to the City of Richmond via Chamberlayne Road and pass through Virginia Union University before finishing with the climb of Governor Street and dash down Broad Street.

ROAD CIRCUIT – JUNIOR WOMEN AND U23 MEN (Friday, Sept. 25, 2015); JUNIOR MEN AND ELITE WOMEN (Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015); ELITE MEN (Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015) Riders start an inner-city circuit at the Convention Center and head to Monument Avenue, turning around at the Jefferson Davis Monument and heading through Virginia Commonwealth University. At the circuit midpoint, racers will maneuver the cobblestone streets of Shockoe Slip and follow the canal to Great Shiplock Park, the start of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 50-mile pedestrian trail to Williamsburg to be completed by September 2015. From Rocketts Landing, riders face a twisty, cobbled 250-meter climb up Libby Hill. Another 110-meter climb of 23rd Street awaits before the racers speed through Shockoe Bottom and finish with a climb of Governor Street and dash down Broad Street.

RICHMOND (WRIC) - Some of Central Virginia's most iconic views will be on display for the world when top cyclists from around the globe descend on Richmond to compete in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.

Richmond 2015, the organizing committee of the nine-day event, announced Tuesday the courses for the 12 World Championship races, which expect to attract 450,000 on-site spectators from around the world. All of the races will end at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Broad Street in downtown Richmond.

The routes showcase the City of Richmond from places like Monument Avenue and Shockhoe Bottom as well as rural Hanover and eastern Henrico counties.

"The courses just unveiled are certainly worthy of a world championship," says UCI President Brian Cookson. "I'm very excited by what I've seen today."

The international event is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the area along with millions of dollars in revenue.

Brett Eastman owns Cyclus Bike Shop in Church Hill. He believes the enormity of this event will not only put Richmond in the international spotlight, it will put the sport of cycling front and center.

"I think this will definitely put us on the radar," he says. "More bikes on roads means more awareness from drivers and more encouragement for people to ride."

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships will take place September 19-27, 2015.


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