For the first time since 1986 the USA will host the UCI Road World Championships. When the country of Oman recalled its bid, Richmond, Virginia, was awarded the race.
The 2015 UCI Road World Championships are scheduled to take place September 19 to 27 and will feature elite men and women, under 23 men and junior men and women. Events will include the traditional road race, individual time trial and a new a team time trial competition that will feature the world’s top professional teams. The eight-day event attracts 1,000 athletes from over 70 nations who compete to wear the coveted world champion’s "arc en ciel,” or rainbow jersey.
The World Championships are expected to attract nearly 500,000 onsite spectators and are viewed by a global television audience of more than 300 million people. According to an economic impact study conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics the 2015 Road World Championships will generate more than $135 million for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
American men and women have won 14 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. More recently, World Championship titles and medals in the individual time trial have been won by Kristin Armstrong, Amber Neben and Taylor Phinney.