RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond 2015 cycling action begins for the UCI Road World Championships on Saturday with the Team Time Trial and Individual Time Trial Circuit events.
The Team Time Trial event begins at 9 a.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and continues until noon. The Individual Time Trial Circuit will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Team Time Trial Course for Saturday morning
The Team Time Trial course travels south on Route 161, which changes names from Lakeside Avenue to Hermitage Avenue to Boulevard. Cyclists then turn onto Monument Avenue east through the Fan District, cuts north on Belvidere Street to Broad Street and continues east to 2nd Street. At that point, riders go south to Main Street and continue east past Rocketts Landing on Old Osborne Turnpike. The course then loops back south of Pocahontas Parkway to New Market Road and heads back toward downtown where they reach the finish line at 5th and Broad streets by the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Team Time Trial course traffic for Saturday morning
The race will close several highway ramps:
- The West Broad Street exit off Interstate 95 (Exit 74C) will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic for the duration of the World Cycling Championships.
- The Hermitage Road on-ramp (Entrance 80) to I-95 southbound will be closed on Saturday.
- The Boulevard on-ramp to I-95 northbound and off-ramp to I-95 southbound (Exit 78) will be closed on Saturday.
- The 895 Pocahontas Parkway exits for New Market Road Laburnum Ave will be closed on Saturday
- The I-195 Downtown Expressway Belvidere Street exits will be closed on Saturday
Several roads will be closed along the course starting around 8 a.m. for the Team Time Trial course until 1 p.m. However, there are points where drivers can cross the course:
- Oakwood Lane
- Bellevue Avenue
- W. Laburnum Avenue
- Westwood Avenue
- Broad Street and Boulevard
- N. Robinson Street
- N. Meadow Street
- N. Harrison Street
- N. 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 25th streets
- Orleans Street
- Goddin Street
- Warwick Park Road
- S. Laburnum Avenue at New Market Road
- Messer Road
- Midview Road
- McCoul Street
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Individual Time Trial Circuit course for Saturday afternoon
The Individual Time Trial Circuit course begins near N. 3rd and E. Leigh streets by the Greater Richmond Convention Center then heads west on Broad Street down Belvidere Street past VCU and the Fan District on Monument Avenue before turning around to head east toward Monroe Park. Cyclists then head south down Belvidere, over the Lee Bridge before heading back over the bridge crossing the James River again. The race then heads back down Broad Street, along Main Street downtown and north up a steep hill on Governor Street before finishing at 5th and Broad streets.
Individual Time Trial Circuit course traffic for Saturday afternoon
The roads around the course will be closed from around noon to 3:30 p.m.
Parking, shuttles and bus information
Parking is available for $10 per day and includes a free shuttle service. Payment can not be made in cash.
Each lot opens at 7:00 a.m. and remains open until 11 p.m. On Saturday Sept. 19 the only lot available is the Anthem lot near the corner of Broad Street and Staples Mill Road. The shuttle will take fans to the start venue at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the morning or to the
GRTC also offers bus service and is selling a $35 unlimited ride pass for the World Cycling Championships.
Where to Watch
Saturday's events will not be televised. NBC12 will have live reports during 12News at 11 and streaming on the NBC12 News app.
The best places to watch in person will be at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which will feature a Jumbotron. You can also watch the morning's action from Monument Avenue, Monroe Park, Governor Street and Richmond Battlefield Park.
In the afternoon, the Time Trial Circuit will be best seen from Monroe Park, Monument Avenue, Governor Street, Broad Street between 5th and 12th streets.
The weather is expected to be comfortable and clear for the races with temperatures in the 80s.
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