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Courses unveiled for 2015 World Championships

Tuesday - 2/25/2014, 4:40pm  ET

International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson gestures during a press conference announcing courses for the 2015 World Cycling Championships in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The International World Cycling championships will be held in Richmond over nine days in September 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

AP Sports Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The organizing committee for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships has unveiled the courses for the nine-day event, and the layouts not only will provide stern tests for the premier bicycle racers in the world, but also highlight the best of what Richmond offers to a worldwide television audience.

The announcement of the courses on Tuesday brought together Brian Cookson, president of the International Cycling Union, USA Cycling president and CEO Steve Johnson, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Gov. Terry McAuliffe to celebrate not only the race in September 2015, but its expected impact.

The courses will draw spectators to the city's history-rich Monument Avenue and the cobblestone streets in Shockoe Bottom.

Jones says the event's economic impact on Richmond and the region with be an estimated $158 million.

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