Times, closures, fan zones and courses for Richmond 2015 bike races

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RICHMOND, Va. — There will be multiple road closures for the UCI Road World Championship Races, which run from Sept. 19-27, 2015 and will bring approximately 1,000 cyclists to town, and an estimated 450,000 spectators over the nine-day event.

There are three men and women’s disciplines (Elite, Under 23 andJunior) that will race on four courses – the team time trial course, the individual time trial circuit, the Elite men’s individual time trial course, and the traditional road circuit.

Two of the four courses start downtown at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (GRCC); one course starts at Kings Dominion, one at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and the last race begins at University of Richmond.

The four courses that bicyclists will race over during the nine-day period of the UCI Road World Championship races. (L to R: Road circuit, Team Time Trial, Time Trial, and Men's Elite)

The four courses that bicyclists will race over during the nine-day period of the UCI Road World Championship races. (L to R: Road circuit, Team Time Trial, Time Trial, and Men’s Elite)

All races finish on Broad Street at the convention center.  In most cases, streets will close one hour  before each race begins; they will open immediately following the completion of each race.

The race which spans the most districts is the 32.9 mile Men’s Elite race, which starts at King’s Dominion and winds through Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. The Road Circuit race is the longest distance racers will cover to get their rainbow jersey; a smaller circuit overall, but with a total distance of 161 miles (Men’s Elite).

The nine-day schedule is organized by which course will be used. You can see the entire schedule for that course under the description, and which roads and neighborhoods will be affected.

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The printable version for shuttle information is here: SHUTTLE SCHEDULE AND SATELLITE PARKING

1. TEAM TIME TRIAL COURSE 

Teams roll off from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and race through Richmond’s historic Northside neighborhoods leading into downtown. The course continues east of Richmond down rural Route 5, which parallels the 50-mile Virginia Capital Trail. They take scenic, flat, open roads that eventually narrow and wind through Richmond National Battlefield Park.

The race re-enters the city through Shockoe Bottom, eventually making a hard right turn on Governor Street to ascend 300 meters. At the top, teams take a sharp left turn onto the false-flat finishing straight, 680 meters to the finish.

Team Time Trail Course. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Team Time Trail Course. CLICK TO ENLARGE

COURSE SCHEDULE 

Saturday, 9.19 | Team Time Trial Training | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, 9.20 | Women’s Team Time Trial | 11:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

Sunday, 9.20 | Men’s Team Time Trial | 1:30 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. **Admission to the Garden will be free on this day**

Fan zones: Libby Avenue and 3rd and Marshall Street

***On Sunday, Sept. 20 there is a fan zone at Lewis Ginter. There are also three fan zones along the way. View this map of Lakeside fan zones.

Lakeside Avenue race map

Lakeside Avenue race map

Roads affected:
Lakeside Avenue/Hermitage Rd
N. Boulevard
Monument Avenue
N. Belvidere Street
W. Broad Street
N. 2nd Street
E. Main Street
S. 15th Street
Dock Street (parallel with Capital Trail)
Nicholson Street
Williamsburg Road
Hatcher Street
Newton Road
New Osbourne Turnpike
Osbourne Turnpike
New Market Road
Battlefield Park Road
Mill Road
Osbourne Turnpike
Old Osbourne Turnpike
Main Street
Governor Street
Broad Street

Neighborhoods affected:
Lakeside, Scott’s Addition, Fan District, Downtown, Shockoe, Varina, Broad Street (Belvidere to 2nd St. and Gov. St. to 5th)

2. TIME TRIAL TRAINING

Racers head west from downtown to Monument Avenue. From there, the course makes a 180-degree turn at N. Davis Avenue and continues in the opposite direction. The race then cuts through the Fan district before coming back through Virginia Commonwealth University and then crossing the James River.

After a technical turnaround, the race comes back across the James and works its way through downtown Richmond, eventually heading up the 300-meter-long climb on Governor Street. At the top, riders will face a false flat 680 meters to the finish.

Elite Women, U23 and Junior Men will each complete two laps of the circuit and Junior Women will complete one lap.

Course is actualy 9.3 miles, with two laps. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Course is actualy 9.3 miles, with two laps.
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COURSE SCHEDULE

Saturday, 9.19 | Time Trial Training | 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, 9.21 | Women’s Junior Time Trial | 10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Monday, 9.21 | Men’s Under 23 Time Trial | 11:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Tuesday, 9.22 | Men’s Junior Time Trial | 9:30 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday, 9.22 | Women’s Elite Time Trial | 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fan zones:  3rd and Marshall Street

Roads affected:

N. 3rd Street
E. Broad Street
W. Broad Street
N. Belvidere Street
W. Franklin Street
Monument Avenue
N. Davis Avenue
N. Laurel Street
W. Main Street
S. Belvidere Street
Riverside Drive
W. 20th Street
Stonewall Avenue (back to Belvidere, then Broad)
S. 2nd Street
E. Main Street
Governor Street

Neighborhoods affected:

Downtown, Fan District, South Richmond (small area near the Robert E. Lee Bridge) and Broad Street (from 5th to 12th and Belvidere to 3rd St.)

3. MEN’S ELITE INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL

1 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.
Fan zones: King’s Dominion and 3rd and Marshall Streets

Racers start at Kings Dominion and speed past Meadow Event Park, home to the State Fair of Virginia and birthplace of thoroughbred racing legend Secretariat. Then they head south on long, open straights past the Hanover County Courthouse.

Long hills on Brook and Wilkinson roads bring the racers back into the city through Virginia Union University before turning into downtown. Nearly half the turns of the entire route fall within the closing kilometers, the second to last of which is onto the 300-meter-long climb up Governor Street. At the top, riders turn left and finally face a false flat 680 meters to the finish.

A 32.9 mile course through Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

A 32.9 mile course through Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Roads affected:

King’s Dominion lot (start)
Dawn Boulevard
Richmond Turnpike
Hanover Courthouse
Georgetown Road
Rural Point Road
Chamberlayne Rd
Wilkinson Road
Azalea Avenue
Richmond Henrico Turnpike
E. Laburnum Avenue
Brook Road
N. Lombardy Street
Franklin Street
W. Broad Street
Belvidere
N. 2nd Street
E. Main Street
Governors Street
E. Broad Street
5th Street

Neighborhoods affected:
Large area of eastern Hanover County, Northside, downtown

One of the challenging parts of the Road Circuit course.

One of the challenging parts of the Road Circuit course.

 

4. ROAD CIRCUIT TRAINING

All road races will take place on a challenging, technical and inner-city road circuit. A lap is 10 miles. The race distance for Elite Men is 161 miles, for Elite Women is 80.5 miles, for Under 23 men it is 110.7 miles, for Junior Men it’s 80.5 miles and for Junior Women it’s 50.33 miles.

Racers head west from downtown, working their way onto Monument Avenue. Racers will take a 180-degree turn at the Jefferson Davis monument and then maneuver through the Fan district and VCU.

Halfway through the circuit, the race heads down into Shockoe Bottom, and follows the canal past Great Shiplock Park. A sharp turn at Rocketts Landing brings the riders to the narrow, twisty, cobbled 200-meter climb up to Libby Hill Park in the historic Church Hill neighborhood.

A quick descent, followed by three hard turns leads to a 100-meter-long climb up 23rd Street. Once atop this steep cobbled hill, riders descend into Shockoe Bottom. This leads them to the final 300-meter-long climb up Governor Street. At the top, riders face a 680-meter false flat to the finish.

Road Circuit Course. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Road Circuit Course. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Thursday, 9.24 | Road Circuit Training | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, 9.24 | Conquer the Cobbles Run | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, 9.25  | Women’s Junior Road Circuit | 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Friday, 9.25 | Conquer the Cobbles Ride | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, 9.25  | Men’s Under 23 Road Circuit | 12:45 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Saturday, 9.26 | Men’s Junior Road Circuit | 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Saturday, 9.26 | Women’s Elite Road Circuit | 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, 9.27 | Men’s Elite Road Circuit | 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. ***Starts at University of Richmond

Fan zones: Libby Hill and 3rd Street at Marshall St.

Road Circuit course with extension, for Men's Elite on Sunday, Sept. 27. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Road Circuit course with extension, for Men’s Elite on Sunday, Sept. 27. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Roads affected:

E. Broad Street
W. Broad Street
N. Belvidere Street
W. Franklin Street
Monument Avenue
Davis Avenue
N. Lombardy Street
W. Main Street
N. 15th Street
Dock Street
N. 29th Street
E. Franklin Street
N. 25th Street
N. 18th Street
Governor Street

On the last day of the races, the starting point for the Men’s Elite division will begin at University of Richmond, in Henrico.

In addition to roads above, the following will be closed on that day too: Campus roads, Three Chopt Road, Cary Street Road, W. Cary Street, N. Boulevard.

Neighborhoods affected: Near West End, Fan, Broad Street, downtown, Shockoe Bottom, and Church Hill.

NAVIGATE WORLDS: TRANSPORTATION GUIDES

Navigate Worlds: Transportation Guide (Download Full Guide – 83 pages, 17.7 MB)

Roads Guide: Overview (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Saturday, September 19 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Sunday, September 20 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Monday, September 21 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Tuesday, September 22 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Wednesday, September 23 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Thursday, September 24 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Friday, September 25 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Saturday, September 26 (Download PDF)

Roads Guide: Sunday, September 27 (Download PDF)

Parking Guide (Download PDF)

Transit Guide (Download PDF)

Pedestrian & Cyclist Guide (Download PDF)