VCU prepares for May 2014 cycling race

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Virginia Commonwealth University is preparing for the impact of the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, scheduled for May 2-4 in Richmond.

The three-day event will bring approximately 800 athletes representing more than 100 colleges and universities to the city and will have significant impact on the university and the VCU Medical Center each day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A team of university and medical center personnel has been working with city officials to plan and to make provisions to address the disruptions to normal operations that will be created by the race. Below is a listing of plans and provisions.

Class schedules and exams

Monroe Park Campus exams scheduled for 8-10:50 a.m. on Friday, May 2, will be held in the same rooms at 8-10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30. Likewise, Monroe Park Campus exams scheduled for 1-3:50 p.m. on Friday, May 2, will be held in the same room at 1-3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. With these changes, there will be no exams centrally scheduled on the Monroe Park Campus on May 2.

Health sciences students with classes scheduled on the MCV Campus will follow a different set of instructions and are urged to check with their deans and program or curriculum offices for updates on class, lab and exam schedule changes and any modifications to clinical requirements on May 2.

Workday modifications

Friday, May 2, will be an official workday of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Faculty and staff must consult with supervisors to determine the best way to accommodate their unit’s needs. Employees may take annual leave, or with the approval of their supervisor and an approved scope of work, they may telecommute for the day.

Transportation and parking

Broad Street, Franklin Street and other major campus thoroughfares will be closed to traffic. VCU Police are working closely with city officials to identify traffic routes to campus. Once identified, these routes and directions will be posted to Navigate VCU,, a traffic and logistics website to provide up-to-date information about closures and route changes.

All parking facilities will remain open and operational. VCU parking officials recommend arriving at campus by 8 a.m. and leaving after 4:30 p.m. to avoid detours and road closures. Those who plan to arrive after 8 a.m. or leave before 4:30 p.m. will need to follow detours listed at

RamRide will continue operations on May 2, 3 and 4; however, all routes will be significantly modified during race times. Visit the RamRide website for more information and the real-time bus tracker.

Dining Services and bookstores

Dining Services and VCU Bookstores will operate on their normal schedules.

Continued communication

Safety and security at VCU remains a top priority for the university. As May 2 approaches, the university will continue to send updates and alerts through various channels of communication, such as VCU Alert, TelegRAM and mass email, to the VCU community.


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