February 8, 2024. Louisville, KY. – Need help getting in cycling shape? The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC are offering FREE training for cyclists of all experience levels. The six-week PNC Tour de Lou Training Program, produced by the Louisville Bicycle Club, returns this year with training options to help participants gear up for the annual PNC Tour de Lou cycling event on April 14, 2024. Training kicks off on February 25th and registration is open now online at KDF.org/TourdeLou

“Cyclists of all experience levels can benefit from the free PNC Tour de Lou Training Program,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “Thanks to the Louisville Bicycle Club, you’ll learn valuable tips to keep you safe on the road and be in cycling shape just in time for spring.”

The PNC Tour de Lou Training Program features six rides and will offer participants training tips, including hand signals, rules of the road and nutrition information. All training rides take place at noon on Sundays from Feb. 25 through April 7, with rides increasing by five miles every couple of weeks. Rides will begin at the parking lot at the corner of Witherspoon and Floyd Streets (226 N. Floyd St.). In addition to a bicycle, all riders must bring a helmet. The first 250 participants to register for the Training Program will receive a FREE training shirt.

The 2024 PNC Tour de Lou Training Program schedule includes:

  • Feb. 25 – 10-Mile Training Ride
  • March 3 – 15-Mile Training Ride
  • March 10 – 15-Mile Training Ride
  • March 17 – 20-Mile Training Ride
  • March 24 – 20-Mile Training Ride
  • April 7 – 25-Mile Training Ride

This marks the 11th year for the annual PNC Tour de Lou, which is set for Sunday, April 14, 2024. Registration is open at KDF.org/TourdeLou. The cycling event features three separate distances (20-miles, 35-miles and 62.1-miles), along with a virtual ride option.

PNC Bank is the Title Sponsor. Contributing Sponsors: Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling and West Sixth Brewing. Supporting Sponsors: Churchill Downs, Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.

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