Universal Sports Network and NBC Sports Group will present more than 33 premiere hours, including 26 hours live, from the 2015 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Va, from September 20 – 27. The unprecedented television coverage across four networks includes 16.5 hours of coverage planned for Universal Sports, 9 for NBCSN, 6.5 for CNBC and 1 for NBC. Additionally, NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all NBC, NBCSN and CNBC telecasts, and UniversalSports.com will stream all Universal Sports coverage. Live streaming also will be available at Richmond2015.com and on a new Richmond 2015 mobile app for iOS and Android devices which will be released later this week.
Held in Virginia’s historic capital city, the nine-day event features more than 1,000 of the world’s best cyclists from 70 countries who take this rare opportunity to compete for their countries, just as they do during an Olympic Games.
Sure to excite the home crowd are Team USA’s Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) and Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho) who continue their recent comebacks in Richmond. Among those also competing for a world championship rainbow jersey in addition to qualifying for the Rio Olympics are Britain’s Mark Cavendish, Slovak Peter Sagan, Spain’s Alejandro Valverde and Team USA’s Evelyn Stevens (San Francisco, Calif.) and Virginian Ben King (North Garden, Va.).
Live coverage begins this Sunday, September 20 at 11 a.m. ET on Universal Sports with the Women’s Elite Team Time Trial, followed by live coverage of the Men’s Elite Team Time Trial on CNBC at 2 p.m. Daily coverage of the World Championships continues through the final weekend of competition on Saturday, September 26 featuring the Women’s Elite Road Race on Universal Sports at 1 p.m. ET, and concludes on Sunday, September 27 with the Elite Men’s Road Race on CNBC at noon ET.
Hosted by the United States for the first time since 1986, the 2015 UCI Road World Championships will be aired in more than 175 countries and territories around the world. Approximately 20 live cameras including a motorcycle and helicopter, multiple unilateral cameras and live tracking of riders during road races will be in the production of UCI’s pinnacle event for the U.S. broadcasts, live streaming and world feed commentaries.
Calling the action for Universal Sports is veteran play-by-play commentator Steve Schlanger alongside analyst Todd Gogulski, who spent more than a decade racing professionally, including on the U.S. National team, and had more than 100 victories during his career.
Joining all telecasts from the field and hosting pre-race coverage on Universal Sports are veteran sports broadcaster Todd Harris and Dotsie Bausch, a former professional and national team road cyclist and 2012 Olympic medalist in track cycling.
Paul Sherwen handles play-by-play for telecasts on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC joined by analyst Christian Vande Velde.
Universal Sports Network and NBC Sports Group Broadcast Schedule:
2015 UCI Road World Championships
All times Eastern. Schedule is subject to change. All coverage is live except where noted.
DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK
Sun., Sept. 20 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Women’s Elite Team Time Trial Universal Sports
2-4 p.m. Men’s Elite Team Time Trial CNBC
Mon., Sept. 21 1-4 p.m. Men’s Under 23 Individual Time Trial Universal Sports
7-9 p.m.* Men’s Under 23 Individual Time Trial NBCSN
Tue., Sept. 22 2-5 p.m. Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial NBCSN
Wed., Sept. 23 12:30-1 p.m. Pre-Race Show Universal Sports
1-2 p.m. Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial Universal Sports
2-4 p.m. Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial NBCSN
Thu., Sept. 24 5-6 p.m.* Highlights Show Universal Sports
Fri., Sept. 25 2-5 p.m. Men’s Under 23 Road Race Universal Sports
8-10 p.m.* Men’s Under 23 Road Race NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 26 12:30-1 p.m. Pre-Race Show Universal Sports
1-5 p.m. Women’s Elite Road Race Universal Sports
Sun., Sept. 27 8:30-9 a.m. Pre-Race Show Universal Sports
12-4:30 p.m. Men’s Elite Road Race CNBC
Mon., Sept. 28 7-8 p.m.* Wrap-Up Show Universal Sports
Sun., Oct. 4 12-1 p.m.* 2015 UCI Road World Championships NBC
* Same Day or Tape Delay Coverage.