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City operations impact for Collegiate Road Nationals

5/1/2014, 10 a.m.

This weekend’s CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals race courses will have a major effect on downtown. This will include street closures and detours that will heavily impact normal traffic patterns and parking beginning on Thursday, May 1.

According to the city, downtown city offices will be open during normal business operating hours; however, residents who are considering coming downtown to conduct business are reminded that access to city buildings and parking will be impacted by the street closings. Where possible, residents are encouraged to complete their business prior to Friday or delay to the following week when the streets and parking will be re-opened.

The races will be held from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4. Some of Richmond’s most iconic views – from Monument Avenue to Libby Hill – will be on display for the world when the collegiate cyclists from across the United States visit Richmond. The event will serve as a test event preparing the city for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships to be held from Sept. 19 – 27 – the first time the United States has hosted the races in 30 years.

“Richmond is preparing to welcome the world to our hometown next year, and we’re using this weekend’s test run to make sure we get things right in 2015,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “We all know this weekend will bring some temporary inconveniences, but it’s going to bring a lot of guests and a lot of fun too. This is what major world cities do, and this is an exciting opportunity for Richmond.”

Mayor Jones said that once the weekend’s races race complete, the city and Richmond 2015 race officials will convene a post-event review of operations to evaluate logistics, communication, and impact on the community, so that operations can be refined for the 2015 races.