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UCI Road World Championships — Richmond 2015

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored to be the start venue for the elite men’s and women’s team time trial events and to have special activities on weeknights while the UCI Road World Championships are in Richmond.


Sunday, September 20, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Event Details

Woman in old fashioned bicycle costumeSaturday, September 19
Team Time Trial Training 9 a.m. to noon.  Lakeside Avenue closure: 8 a.m. to no later than 1 p.m. Garden open; regular admission.

Sunday, September 20
The Garden is the start venue for the UCI Road World Championships team time trial events. FREE admission on this day (only).

Monday, September 21 – Friday, September 25
Evenings at the Garden, extended evening hours till 8 p.m. with live music included with Garden admission. Historic Bloemendaal House will be open open 5 – 7 p.m. for self-guided tours. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Thursday, September 24 (ONLY) is a special evening when leashed pets are allowed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – Thursday, September 24, 2015:  Join us for a guided tour of the Garden: From Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden.

Saturday, now through Sunday, September 27, 2015: From Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden Exhibit about early cycling history in Richmond. Eight panels address different topics, including “The Cycling Craze at the Turn of the Century,” “Women and Fashion in the Bicycle Boom,” and “The Heyday of the Lakeside Wheel Club.” The exhibit also features an 1895 Victor men’s bike built by the Overman Wheel Co., similar to what would have been ridden to the original wheel club.

Pop-up LEGO® Bricks Sculpture: Bicycle Triumphs Traffic 

See artist Sean Kenney’s work with this bike-themed sculpture on display at the Garden throughout September in celebration of the UCI Road World Cycling Championships. Kenney’s award-winning Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks  comes to the Garden in 2016.

Visitors can stroll 50 acres of year-round beauty and step back in time to explore the property’s origins as a 19th century bicycle club. Lewis Ginter, a Major in the Civil War and Richmond’s “gilded age icon” built the Lakeside Wheel Club in the late 1800s; the building is still in use today.  The Garden has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” (BBC Travel) and the second best public garden in North America (USA Today).