“The inaugural US Open Cycling Championship slated for April 7 in
central Virginia will be a unique event in American cycling. This is
really a made for TV event that will be aired on NBC, so it will be
one of the the few times during the year that cycling is broadcast
nationally on a major network. It’s date on the calendar will be a
nice warm up for the Tour de Georgia that starts a week later.
The UCI-sanctioned men’s race, part of the USA Cycling Pro Tour, will
start in Williamsburg After a circuit around the colonial area, the
course heads past Jamestown and then heads up the Virginia Route 5
corridor toward Richmond. Along the way the cyclists will pass the
James River Plantations, the Charles City County Courthouse, and the
Malvern Hill Battlefield.
Upon entering Richmond at about 10:30 a.m., the racers will begin a
7.1 mile circuit, including a steep climb over cobblestones in Libby
Hill Park, and passage through both Jackson Ward and Shockoe Bottom.
The men will finish around 12:00 noon in front of The Library of
Virginia. Live Jumbotrons will be set up both at the finish line and
in Libby Hill Park.
The women’s invitational circuit race starts at 9:00 a.m. in Richmond
in front of The Library of Virginia, and will finish at about 10:15
After watching the race in person, you can watch it in a same-day
national broadcast on NBC Sports, from 2:30-5:00 p.m. ET. Visit
usopencycling.com for more information.”