Richmond finalizing details as 100 day bike race countdown arrives

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) – The 100 day countdown until the UCI Road World Championships is right around the corner, and those in charge or organizing the event are rushing to make sure Richmond is prepared.

“Let’s just say this–we don’t plan on sleeping much between now and September,” said Paul Shanks with Richmond 2015. “From traffic management plans, to training of tourism volunteers, to the actual preparation of the road and the beautification of the city, that’s all being finalized right now.”

That includes work on 23rd Street in Church Hill where crews have been working to restore the cobble stones.

“New planters going up on some of our city gateways like 3rd Street by Route 64. The city is doing a partnership with Maymont Foundation and Venture Richmond,” said Shanks.

The races will attract riders and fans from all over the world. The event is expected to draw 450,000 spectators over the nine days, and a television audience of 300 million.

“Our municipal partners and the state of Virginia are working around the clock to make sure that Richmond is ready to welcome the world,” said Shanks.

Much of their focus will be on the fans. There will be four designated fan zones beginning at the start and finish line. Libby Hill Park, Monroe Park, and the hill on 23rd will have jumbotrons for live viewing.

“VIP tickets are going to go on sale later this month, that means folks will be able to buy access to some really cool locations with beer gardens and that are fully catered,” said Shanks.

Organizers say they are finalizing the transportation plan, which will have finalized road closures, and all the tools spectators will need to figure out how to get to the race. They expect to release that in July.

Learn more about the UCI Road World Championships here.

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