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UCI Road World Championships is a Spectacular Event

Richmond 2015 / Casey B. Gibson
Cyclists from around the world competing in the UCI Road World Championships make the now-famous climb up Libby Hill. [Richmond 2015 / Casey B. Gibson]
Richmond 2015, Inc., the organizing committee of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, concluded nine days of racing Sunday with huge crowds and exhilarating racing.“Over the past 10 days, starting with our Opening Ceremonies, we have witnessed something special,” said Wilson Flohr, CEO of Richmond 2015, Inc. “Our beautiful region was showcased to hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe, and fans from Richmond and all over the state, country and world lined our streets in celebration of the World Championships and our region.“We are grateful to the community for believing in us and very thankful to all our partners, sponsors, volunteers and fans – both experts and those new to the sport – for helping us deliver a spectacular World Championships.”

Added Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, “I’m extremely proud of the way the Richmond region pulled together in welcoming the world to our doorstep and showcasing our community globally. A truly remarkable series of championship races was topped only by the excitement and enthusiasm shared by hundreds of thousands of spectators who saw the very best of what Richmond has to offer.”

Richmond 2015’s preliminary estimate for attendance beginning with Opening Ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 18, is approximately 645,000 onsite spectators for the 10 days of the event. Onsite spectators represent fans over the entirety of the event whether they attended one day or multiple days of the event, rather than unique individuals. Official attendance figures and local economic impact numbers will be announced at a later date.

Viewers in 150 countries watched this year’s UCI Road World Championships on TV. More than 40 TV partners, including 17 TV networks broadcasting live from Richmond, produced more than 800 hours of original Worlds programming.

About Richmond 2015, Inc. Richmond 2015, Inc., is the independent nonprofit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.  Partners of Richmond 2015 include Altria, Anheuser-Busch, Anthem, CarMax, ChildFund International, Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Davenport & Company, Dominion, Genworth, Hourigan Construction, Hunton & Williams, Kings Dominion, Lansing Building Products, Lexus, Markel Corp., MARTIN’S Food Markets, McGuireWoods, Norfolk Southern, Owens & Minor, PIASCIK, The Community Foundation, TowneBank, University of Richmond, VCU Medical Center, Virginia is for Lovers, WestRock and Williams Mullen.In addition to its corporate partners, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County are all key partners of Richmond 2015. For more information about Richmond 2015 visit www.Richmond2015.com and connect on Twitterand Facebook.

About the 2015 UCI Road World Championships The 2015 UCI Road World Championships, cycling’s pinnacle event, will be held Sept. 19-27, 2015 in Richmond, Va., and is expected to attract as many as 450,000 onsite spectators from the Richmond region and across the globe over the course of the nine-day event as well as a worldwide TV audience in the hundreds of millions. More than 1,000 cyclists – Elite Men and Women, Under-23 Men and Junior Men and Women – from more than 70 countries will compete in three disciplines: the traditional Road Race, Individual Time Trial and Team Time Trial. The event, which is being held in the United States for the first time since 1986, culminates with the traditional road races on Sept. 26 (women) and Sept. 27 (men).

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