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Friday 9/25 Richmond 2015 Guide

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Richmond 2015 cycling action continues for the UCI Road World Championships on Friday with lots of action on the Road Circuit course.

The Junior Women begin at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 11:50 a.m., followed by the Under 23 Men 12:45 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. and a public Conquer the Cobbles event from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Most of the action will be taking place in downtown, the Fan, Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill and Tobacco Row. 

Road Circuit course 

    The cyclists begin on Broad Street heading west from downtown, then make their way onto Monument Avenue. The racers take a 180-degree turn at the Jefferson Davis monument on Davis Avenue and then maneuver through the Uptown district and Virginia Commonwealth University. Halfway through the circuit, the race heads down into Shockoe Bottom before following the canal and passing Great Shiplock Park. They continue to Rocketts Landing to the narrow, twisty, cobbled 200-meter climb up to Libby Hill Park in Church Hill. They continue to a climb up 23rd Street before heading through Shockoe Bottom toward the Capitol. They make a 300-meter-long climb up Governor Street then head to the finish at 5th and Broad streets.

    Road Circuit course traffic

    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 Franklin Street exit off I-95 south (Exit 74B) will also be closed Thursday until around 1 p.m.

    The roads around the course will be closed from around 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with some roads re-opening during the afternoon rush hour. Traffic will be allowed to cross the course at:

    • Main Street at 6th Street, 7th Street, 8th Street, and 9th Street. Enter downtown from the south at 7th or 9th Street. Exit to the south at 6th or 8th Street.
    • Lombardy Street at Grove and Floyd Avenues
    • Franklin Street at Harrison Street
    • Main Street at Harrison Street
    • 15th Street at Cary Street
    • 18th Street at Franklin Street
    • Broad Street at 21st Street

    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 8 a.m. and remains open until 6:50 p.m. On Friday lots are available at City Stadium and the Diamond. The shuttle will take fans to the various lots and the venue at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

    GRTC offers bus service and is selling a $35 unlimited ride pass for the World Cycling Championships.

    Where to Watch

    Coverage of the Men's Under 23 Road Race will air on Universal Sports from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. NBC Sports Network will air taped coverage of the race from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    NBC12 will have live reports during 12News at 6 and 11, with the newscasts streaming on the NBC12 News app.

    The best place to watch in person will be at the Fan Zones near the start line and near the finish line along Broad Street downtown, at 23rd and Franklin streets and at the bottom of Libby Hill on Main Street. Each will feature a Jumbotron and a beer garden. Inside, check out the FanFest at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will also have a Jumbotron with live race coverage, a KidZone, vendors and the official award ceremonies.

    You can also watch the action from:

    • Broad Street between Belvidere and 2nd Streets
    • Monroe Park
    • Monument Avenue
    • Corner of Lombardy and Main Streets
    • Virginia Capital Trail on Dock Street
    • Main Street Station
    • Governor Street

    Weather

    Cloudy with light rain moving in from the south during the day.  Best rain chance of getting some steady light to moderate rain in RVA is during the later afternoon and evening although we've already gotten some spotty light rain today.  Southern VA has seen steady rain already, although it's been mainly light.  Expect highs in the mid 70s.   Rain chance 50% through mid-afternoon, increasing to 60-70% by late afternoon.

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