Your daily bike race: September 19th

Courses, closures, tips, and tricks. The fun is just gearing up!

Today the Big Bike Race™ might begin to impact your life! Cyclists from everywhere are everywhere as they do training runs on two courses: the Team Time Trial (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) and the Time Trial Circuit (1:00 – 2:30 PM).

General reminders! Roads are closed for the duration of the race plus an hour before and an hour after the scheduled race times. Those roads that are closed for both the afternoon and morning races will not reopen between sessions. Make sure you check the road closure maps for course crossing points, because all other cross streets will be closed.

Don’t just assume you can pop onto the interstate and avoid the whole shebang! Today, some highway ramps are affected:

  • Exit 74C
  • Exit 78
  • The Belvidere Street exit of I-195
  • The southbound entrance to I-95 from Hermitage
  • The northbound entrance to I-95 on Boulevard

As always, you can check out an interactive map of the courses and closures at For more information on today’s traffic impact, see this incredibly detailed PDF from the City.

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Team Time Trial Training

This course begins at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, heads down Lakeside into the Fan, turns onto Monument, heads downtown, and then out to Battlefield Park.

Useful crossing points include: Laburnum, Broad, Robinson, Meadow, Harrison, 6th – 9th Streets, 14th, 21st, and 25th.

Time Trial Training

Starting on 3rd, this race heads down Broad and Monument, across the Belvidere Bridge, and back downtown. This means that the Belvidere Bridge is closed! You’ll need to find another way across the river!

Useful crossing points: Harrison and 6th – 9th. There aren’t a ton of crossing points for his course because you can circumvent the whole thing by driving west a bit (everything past Davis is wide open).

Keep your eye open for a couple of streets that have been converted to two-way travel to help folks drive around the course.

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Survival guide

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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