Fact or Fiction? The need-to-knows about the 2015 UCI Road World Championships

One of the most annually anticipated events in cycling is coming to Richmond, and it has the whole city talking. The Road World Championship is held annually in an international city as chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) through a competitive bidding process, quite similar to the Olympic Games. Previously held in cities such as Ponferrada, Spain, Florence, Italy, and Limburg, Netherlands – this nine-day event features 12 championship races in three disciplines, (road race, individual time trial and team time trial) with World Champions crowned in each discipline. The event is a global sporting phenomena – covered by more than 500 media outlets from around the world and is broadcast live to a global audience of more than 300 million people.

With the mass influx of people coming into the city, VCU’s urban campus is about to become a cyclist hub, attracting thousands of people to the place VCU students, faculty and staff call home. Many are left wondering questions about building hours, road closings and class schedules – so what really is true, and what are the rumors? Find out what is a fact and what is simply fiction.

The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, held May 2-4, 2014, brings roughly 400 athletes from 115 colleges and universities to Richmond.

Are there any non-bike related activities happening during bike week?

Plenty! Luckily University Student Commons and Activities has planned a variety of activities such as movie nights with movies like Ted 2, Insidious, Furious 7, and more! There will also be a bingo night, free pool and pizza, a paint night, line dance workout and other fun events on campus! Off campus, there is theme parks, bowling and a free movie night at Bowtie Cinemas. Check out the full schedule of events here: http://www.usca.vcu.edu/uci-road-world-championships/

Is there somewhere VCU students and staff can hide?

During the bike race, only VCU students and staff will have access to the University Student Commons through the Floyd entrance through VCU ID access only. Hours for the Student Commons during bike week are as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 19 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20 – 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Monday – Friday, Sept. 21-25, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 26 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 27 – 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Larrick Student Center will be open to the public and will follow normal hours of operation.

Hunton Student Center will be closed.

Will I still have my parking spot?

If you have a parking spot in one of the VCU Parking Decks, no worries as long as you have your permit pass, you will have a place to park. Park on the street? Click here for a full list of street closures and alternative routes to take during the bike week.

Bike week… or beach week?

With reading days rescheduled for Sept. 19-27, Monroe Park students can rejoice and use this time to catch up on school work, earn some volunteer hours or use the break as a (much needed) vacation. However, all students in the health sciences schools should contact their administration for specific scheduling during the bike race.

Will tourists take over my res hall?

Annual Governor’s Summer Residential Foreign Language Academies parade, 2009

We have to have a place for all of hundreds of thousands of visitors to stay, right? While residents halls may be the ideal place for one to stay to catch all the action, tourists will have to look elsewhere for their lodging, as residents halls will remain open, allowing students to take advantage such opportunity. Interested in volunteering or viewing the event? You’re right in the middle of it all.

Is the Campus Connector still running?

VCU Parking and Transportation plans to provide service throughout the race; however, routes will be modified based on road closures. Stops will be in front of the Siegel Center (Monroe Park Campus) and the Larrick Student Center (MCV Campus). For more information, click here.

Does it cost anything to watch the races?

Events are indeed free and open to the public to all spectators!

Where is the best place to watch the race?

There are outstanding viewing points all around the courses. Many fans are planning to use the Collegiate Nationals to help decide where they want to view the Worlds. One of the great viewing spots on the road circuit will include Libby Hill, the very steep hill on 23rd Street and Monument Avenue. Additionally, the fan zones around the course will offer a fan-friendly roadside experience, with closed circuit TV, food and drinks, etc.

Can I pretend to be a cyclist and join the race?

As a matter of fact, you can! During the event UCI hosts in collaboration with Sports Backers, Conquer the Cobbles, the general public is allowed to run and ride the road race circuit. Learn more here.

Can we play games with the tourists?

While we should probably let the tourists be, there’s nothing wrong with showing them who owns the city — members of the VCU community are encouraged to wear black and gold – come out on Wednesday, September 23, from 1:15 to 3 p.m. on Franklin Street (between Shafer and Laurel Streets) to show your black and gold spirit!

The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, held May 2-4, 2014, brings roughly 400 athletes from 115 colleges and universities to Richmond.

When do the cyclists leave the city?

September 27 is the last day of the bike race, but before you say goodbye to the almost half a million visitors, check out FanFest 2015 on Sunday Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. Located just yards from the Finish on Broad Street at 5th Street, FanFest attendees will witness history as each World Champion receives the iconic Rainbow Jersey at the Official Podium Award Ceremony. Free and open to the public, FanFest features a beer garden, live entertainment and more than 100 exhibitors.

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