LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Early Monday morning, River Road was shut down and roughly 14,000 drivers a day will be affected because of it. River Road was closed between Edith and Frankfort Avenues (about one mile) until next Tuesday while the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championship is in Louisville.
It is the first time the elite class championships will be held outside of Europe. Cyclo-cross is a sport that is popularized overseas.
“It is huge in Europe, especially in Belgium,” Linda Hood said, who came from New Hampshire to watch the races. “It is like their football. It is televised. People flock to the events; there is beer, there is partying, it is just huge.”
“This is my favorite sport,” Jerry White said. “To watch the very best, could be a once in a lifetime thing.”
White came from New Hampshire to compete in the 60 -64 master's group and also to watch the world’s best cyclo-cross racers.
Businesses will remain open along the one mile stretch that is closed on River Road.
The following alternative routes are recommended for motorists:
Westbound traffic into downtown area - Zorn Avenue to I-71 or Mellwood Avenue; Edith Avenue to Mellwood Avenue; Brownsboro Road and Frankfort Avenue; and I-64.
Eastbound traffic out of downtown areas - River Road to Frankfort Avenue, Adams Street, Market Street, I-71 and I-64.
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