PNC Tour de Lou

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
11:15 AM: 35 Mile Experienced Ride / More advanced (Open course, no streets closed)
11:30 AM: 20 Mile Intermediate Ride / New to cycling (Open course, no streets closed)


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The Kentucky Derby Festival is partnering with Louisville Bicycle Club to produce Tour de Lou, scheduled for Sunday, April 26.  The Festival’s second annual bike event is for all ages and all levels of experience.

The Tour de Lou route will be an open course, which will start and finish at Waterfront Park near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.  There also will be two separate distances based on experience levels:

The course highlights include an Olmsted Park Tour, including Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee parks.  Cyclists on the more experienced rides will also travel through all areas of the city from Downtown and Churchill Downs to the South End and Highlands.


Entry Fees:

Early Registration: October 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 – $35
Late Registration: January 1, 2015  – April 24, 2015 – $45

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Registration Includes

  • T-shirt
  • Water Bottle
  • Event Pin
  • SAG Support
  • 3 Water Fill Stations
    • Iroquois Park – Olmsted Parks Conservatory (nutritional support from Whole Foods)
    • Chickasaw Park – National MS Society (with support from Trader Joes)
    • Cherokee Park – Bike To Beat Cancer (with support from Kroger)


Addition Registration Information

  • Bike Valet
  • Two lane or Bike lane provided over 90% of the open course, Bike Captains on course
  • DJ/Route Entertainment
  • Tour de Lou Cycling Jerseys available for purchase
  • Post Ride Party – Vendors, Sponsors, Etc.
  • Portion of entry to Louisville Bike Club
  • Tracked mileage for all Louisville Bike Club members

What is Tour de Lou?
The PNC Kentucky Derby Festival Tour de Lou is a non-competitive, un-timed, 20 or 35 mile bicycle ride through Louisville, Ky.

What time does the Tour de Lou start?
The 35 mile riders will start at 11:15am and the 20 mile riders will start at 11:30am.

Where is the Start and Finish line?
The rides both start and finish under I-64 on River Road, near the intersection of Preston St. and Witherspoon St.

Are there time requirements I must meet to remain on the course?
The Tour de Lou course is an open route (roads are not closed) and riders must obey traffic laws and signals. Riders must reach the finish line by 3:00pm before finish line operations close.

Where can I pick up my ride packet and materials?
Ride packets can be picked up at the Derby Festival Race Expo and Packet Pick-Up on April 23rd (4:00-8:00pm) and 24th (11:00am-9:00pm) in Hall 2D at the Kentucky International Convention Center. (Photo ID required for pick-up)

Am I required to wear a helmet to participate in the Tour de Lou?
Every participant must wear a helmet that conforms to CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards.

How do I purchase a Tour de Lou ride jersey?
Jerseys can be purchased during online registration for pick-up at the Derby Festival Race Expo. (There will also be limited quantities and sizes available for purchase at the Race Expo).

I’m coming from out of town — can I ship my bike to Louisville?

Yes! Our friends at Scheller’s Cycling and Fitness can help you ship your bike free of charge. Click here for information.