COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The United States has been selected to host the 2015 road cycling world championships, bringing the event to the U.S. for the first time since 1986.
The UCI, cycling’s international governing body, selected the bid from Richmond, Va., on Wednesday during the road world championships being held in Denmark.
Colorado Springs hosted the worlds in 1986.
The championships are scheduled for Sept. 19-27, 2015, and will include road races, individual time trials and a new team time trial that will feature the world’s top professional teams.
More than 1,000 athletes from 70 nations will compete. Officials with USA Cycling expect the event to draw half a million people and be viewed by a global TV audience of more than 300 million.
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Release from the City of Richmond:
(September 21, 2011 – Copenhagen) – Richmond, Virginia has been selected to host the 2015 Road World Championships. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), competitive cycling’s governing body, selected Richmond after a competitive bid process that included the country of Oman.
“Richmond is thrilled to be selected to host the 2015 Road World Cycling Championships, joining a list of great cities like Madrid, Florence and Copenhagen,” said Richmond Mayor, Dwight C. Jones. “Bicycling, for transport and fitness, has been an important focus of my administration. Hosting the World Championships will help bring Richmond one step closer to being one of the world’s great bicycling cities.”
Cycling’s pinnacle event, the annual Road World Cycling Championships provide a rare opportunity for athletes to compete for their countries in both the traditional road race and individual time trial. Fans will also be treated to a team time trial competition between the world’s top professional teams. The 2015 Road World Championships will take place between September 19-27 and will feature 12 races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women.
“Securing the 2015 World Championships is the result of tremendous collaboration between civic and business leaders and strategic partners,” said Tim Miller, Executive Director of Richmond 2015, Inc., the non-profit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 Championships. “As we now enter the next phase, we look forward to expanding these partnerships to ensure that the 2015 World Championships set a new standard of excellence.”
The World Road Championships were last held in America in 1986 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. American men and women have won 13 World Championship titles in both the road race and time trial, including road race titles by Greg LeMond in 1983 and 1989 and Lance Armstrong in 1993.
Despite the fact that the 2015 World Championships are four years away, extensive planning already has begun. In addition to the 2015 World Championship events, other events and activities aimed at establishing a long-lasting legacy of bicycling in central Virginia for individuals of all ages and abilities is an important goal for the city, Richmond 2015, sponsors and strategic partners.
“Bringing the World Championships to the United States truly punctuates the outstanding state of cycling in America,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of USA Cycling. “From the success of American-based professional teams in Europe to our ever-growing domestic membership to world-class stage races like the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge; the 2015 Road World Championships is yet another milestone towards the continued growth of our sport.”
An economic impact study conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics found that the 2015 World Championships would generate more than $135 million for the Commonwealth of Virginia and would attract nearly 500,000 onsite spectators.
About Richmond 2015
Richmond 2015, Inc is the non-profit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 UCI World Road Cycling Championships. Working on behalf of the City of Richmond and USA Cycling, Richmond 2015, its Board of Directors and its Organizing Committee organize and oversee all of the elements of the event planning, as well as manage all strategic partnerships and constituent groups in order to fulfill its mission to orchestrate the events.
Statement from the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell:
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this morning following the announcement in Copenhagen that Richmond has been selected to serve as host city for the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships.
“I want to congratulate Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, Tim Miller of Richmond 2015 and all the public and private sector individuals and groups who played a role in securing this major sporting event for Richmond and central Virginia. This international competition will spur economic activity in the state and help grow our economy. An economic impact study conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics found that the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships is projected to generate more than $86 million within the City of Richmond and a total of $135 million for the entire Commonwealth. 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the nine-day event, with another 300 million tuning in to watch from all across the world. That all adds up to booked hotel rooms, busy restaurants, and priceless global marketing opportunities for the city and the Commonwealth.
Today’s selection follows yesterday’s announcement that 2010 saw record international tourism spending in Virginia. Clearly, the Commonwealth is expanding its presence on the global stage, to the benefit of job creation and economic growth here at home. Our Administration is committed to keeping this momentum going through working with localities on projects such as this one, aggressively pitching Virginia businesses and products to overseas markets and consumers, opening trade offices in England, India and China and constantly looking for every opportunity to tell the world about our “Commonwealth of Opportunity.” This is a great step forward in that endeavor. Again, I congratulate Mayor Jones and everyone involved for their tremendous success in landing this prestigious event for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”