April 22, 2015. Louisville, KY.  The Kentucky Derby Festival’s cycling event – PNC Tour de Lou – will ride through Louisville this Sunday, April 26.  For cyclists who still want to participate, late registration is available this week.  They can register on site at the Kentucky Derby Festival Race Expo at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Hall 2D on Thursday, April 23, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  (Cyclists who have already registered can pick up their packets at the Expo.)

KDF is partnering with Louisville Bicycle Club to produce the 2015 PNC Tour de Lou. The route will again be an open course, which will start and finish at Waterfront Park near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.  There are separate distances based on experience levels:

  • 20 miles – Beginner/New to cycling (Open course, no streets closed.)
  • 35 miles – Moderate/Experienced (Open course, no streets closed.)

The course includes a scenic Olmsted Park Tour showcasing Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee parks.  Cyclists will also travel through neighborhoods around the city from Downtown along Main Street and Waterfront Park, to Portland, Algonquin and South Louisville; as well as Old Louisville NULU, the Highlands and Butchertown.

Late registration is $45 April 23-24, 2015.  A portion of the registration fee also benefits the Louisville Bicycle Club.  For more information, visit www.kdf.org or call (502) 584-FEST.

PNC is Title Sponsor of the event.  Contributing Sponsors:  Baptist Health Sports Medicine, Louisville Marriott Downtown, and Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling.  Media Sponsors: 102.3 The Max and The Courier-Journal.  Supporting Sponsors:  Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.

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.