What To Do When The Worlds Come To You

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It’s almost time to ride with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships (Worlds) rolling through Richmond in less than a week! There will be a lot going on in the city leading up to and during the nine-day event (September 19-27), so we put together a guide to get you in gear. Read on to learn about transportation recommendations, the races, watch parties, other events in the community, and more!

So how will you be affected by the presence of over 450,000 spectators in our wonderful city?

Getting around town may be a little tricky with the combination of street closures and increased traffic, so Richmond 2015 has created a helpful navigation guide if you’re traveling by car. It features maps for each day, recommended routes for both mornings and afternoons, and additional transportation-related resources put together by the City of Richmond.

So what’s all the fuss about?

The Worlds are cycling’s preeminent competition featuring 1,000 of the sport’s best athletes representing over 70 countries. Each year, a different international host city is selected in a process similar to the Olympic Games. This is the first year the event will be held in America since the Worlds came to Colorado Springs in 1986. Over 300 million viewers will tune in from around the world to see which cyclists will be crowned world champions.

What’s going on other than the race?

Everything officially kicks off this Friday, September 18th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM on Brown’s Island at the Opening Ceremony, which includes a free concert featuring the Richmond Symphony and American Idol finalist, Rayvon Owen in his hometown. Although the event is free and open to the public, you will need a ticket for entry. Reserve your ticket by visiting the Richmond 2015 website. Gates open at 5:30 PM.

Spectating will be an event in and of itself. You can take in the race at FanFest 2015 hosted at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Libby Hill Park, Monroe Park, Battlefield Park, Monument Avenue, and the Capitol Lawn. If you would like to experience the Worlds in a prime location, with deluxe catering, beverage service, and live TV feeds of all the races, Finish Line (located at the intersection of 5th and Broad Streets) and Libby Hill VIP Pavilion access is available for purchase.

Additionally, you have a chance to “Conquer the Cobbles” and ride the same course as the professionals whether you cycle competitively or you ride just for fun. The Brompton World Championship on September 25th at 6:00 PM is another opportunity for participatory and spectatorial shenanigans. Personally, we cannot wait for the world to see what RVA has to offer and we hope you feel the same!

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