February 6, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Wish you could ride faster or go further on your bicycle? The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC can help you do both through their NEW training program for bicyclists at all experience levels. Registration for the FREE PNC Tour de Lou Training Program opens Thursday, February 7, online at KDF.org.

The eight-week training program includes free group rides led by the Louisville Bicycle Club. Training tips, like hand signals and rules of the road, as well as nutritional information will also be shared. Plus, the first 250 to sign-up receive a free tech shirt.

The training rides will take place at Noon on a Saturday or Sunday starting Sunday, February 24th through Saturday, April 20th (except for April 13th due to Thunder Over Louisville). All rides will meet in the Yellow Lot of Waterfront Park on River Road. The first ride will be 5 miles and begin with a Cycling 101 Class, all participants need to bring is their bike and a helmet. The rides increase by 5 miles each week.

A special kick-off for the new training program, as well as the unveiling of the signature cycling jersey for the 2019 PNC Tour de Lou is set for Wednesday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m. at Old Forester Distilling Co.

The PNC Tour de Lou is set for Sunday, April 28. This will be the sixth year for the cycling event, which features three different distances – 20-miles, 35-miles and 62.1 miles.

PNC is title sponsor of the Training Program and the Tour de Lou cycling event. Official Heart Health Sponsor: Kindred Healthcare. Official Safety Sponsor: AAA East Central. Official Bourbon Distilling Co. Contributing Sponsor: Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling. Supporting Sponsors: Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company. Media Sponsors: ALT 105.1 and Courier Journal.

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single-attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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