September 15, 2015 News & Features » Cover Story


The Richmonder's Guide to the UCI Road World Championships 

Ready or not, here they come. Your unofficial handbook to nine days of cycling excitement and chaos.

click to enlarge A pack of riders cycles up a hill during the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, on Sept. 27, 2009.

Denis Balibouse/Reuters (Switzerland Sport Cycling)

A pack of riders cycles up a hill during the men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, on Sept. 27, 2009.

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The Opening Ceremonies

What: The nine-day cycling event launches with some pomp and circumstance. Among the officials and dignitaries scheduled to attend are the governor and mayor. Expect a parade of flags, the entrance of Team USA led by the Richmond Cycling Corps, the national anthem sung by “American Idol” finalist Rayvon Owen and a free concert from the Richmond Symphony.

When: Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: Brown’s Island

To Go: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The event is free, but tickets must be claimed online. Visit and search for “UCI Road World Championships Opening Ceremony.”

Where to Park: Decks include the Federal Reserve parking deck at Fifth and Byrd streets; the Shockoe Slip deck at 12th and Canal streets; the RMA Parking Deck at Canal between Ninth and 10th streets; the surface lots at Third and Fourth and Cary streets, and at Fifth and Sixth and Canal streets.

What You Can Bring: Lawn chairs, blankets, one sealed bottle of water per person. Money for food and drink vendors, including beer and wine, who are onsite.

What You Can’t Bring: Pets, large backpacks, coolers, outside food or drinks, alcohol, glass bottles or containers, contraband, laser pointers, bikes, skateboards, inline skates, flying objects.




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