Yellowknife cyclist Denise Ramsden ready for world championship race

Yellowknife cyclist Denise Ramsden will hit the streets of Richmond, Virginia today to compete in cycling's Road World Championships.

With rain forecast, element of luck means anyone can win, cyclist says

Denise Ramsden, 25, shown at the finish line of a race in Vancouver earlier this year, competes at the UCI Road World Championship in Richmond, Virginia, today. (Peter So)

Yellowknife cyclist Denise Ramsden will hit the streets of Richmond, Virginia today to compete in cycling's Road World Championships.

The 16-kilometre course through the city's historic downtown includes steep climbs and artificially-cobbled streets.

Ramsden is one of five Canadian riders competing in the event.

"We have a couple of girls that are capable of being in the top ten or even in the podium," she told Trailbreaker host Loren McGinnis.

Ramsden said her job is to support her teammates during the race by pushing them through the pack. She's spent the last couple of days alternating between training and resting in preparation for the race.

She said she's done all she can to prepare for the race, which figures to be wide open, especially since the forecast calls for rain today.

"That can bring up the chances of luck if someone crashes," she said. "You never know what will happen when the roads get slick."

The Richmond race will be Ramsden's final event of the season. She's just started law school at the University of British Columbia.