Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Excited to Kick Off 2015 UCI Road World Championships

HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Folks at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are gearing up for the UCI Road World Championships.

Yesterday, organizers announced the big cycling race will kick off at the gardens in Henrico County.

The nine-day event, scheduled for September 19th, is considered international cycling’s premier event,and it’s a huge event for the community because it’s going to bring thousands of people to the area.

So in just a few months, the now snow-covered gardens will be blooming, filled with visitors from all over the world.

“We’re pleased to represent our community, Henrico County and the entire metropolitan area in the endeavor, and we think it’s pretty cool,” LGBG executive director Shane Tippett told 8News reporter Claudia Rupcich.

The garden will have free admission all day, with special events going on throughout the property.

“And then the following Monday through Friday, while other events are going on at other areas of the city, we’ll have extended hours, so after the races people can come by and enjoy music and dining in the evening in a beautiful fall time garden,” Tippett said.

The garden will also host an exhibit abotu early cycling history in the region. The historic Bloemendaal house was originally the Lakeside Wheel Club.

“We have displays that talk about that, our history and our involvement in the biking community in the 1890s here in Richmond, and it’s a real treat for us to be able to bring that full circle,” Tippett said.

Tippett added that he met with businesses in the area last month to discuss the possibility of having the race start in the area. He says they were all on board, eager to welcome spectators and bank on new business.

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