World championships cost Richmond $4.1 million

The city of Richmond, Virginia reports that hosting the UCI Road World Championships cost it $4.1 million from the first bid through the final race. The city hosted seven days of racing in addition to three more days where courses were closed for training, in addition to pre-race reconaissance rides and other events related to its bid for the event, all culminating in the crowning of 10 individual champions and two team time trial world titles. Richmond allocated $2 million to the project over a three-year period, to “support operating, licensing, and other expenses exclusive to the 2015 Worlds” in addition to funds for travel to the 2011, 2013 and 2014 world championships, the 2012 and 2013 USA Pro Challenge, and the 2013 Tour of California.ADVERTISEMENT Preparation of the course cost $36,710, to remove markings, signals and other signs from the finishing straight.