PNC Tour de Lou

REGISTER TO RIDE

What is Tour de Lou?
The PNC Kentucky Derby Festival Tour de Lou is a bicycle tour throughout our city! It’s a non-competitive, un-timed, 20-, 35- or 62.1- (Metric Century) mile ride for riders of all experience levels. We’ll be offering both In-Person and Virtual Ride registrations.

  • Participants in the 20-mile, 35-mile & Metric Century will ride through historic Churchill Downs racetrack. More course details to come! 
  • This will be a looped course, touring Louisville’s historic parks and neighborhoods.   
  • The Metric Century will once again be a tour of two states, as the 62.1- mile course will not only take you through Louisville’s parks and neighborhoods, but also across the Big Four Bridge and into scenic Southern Indiana. (Specific Course and route details to come in early 2023.) 
  • The Tour de Lou Family Adventure Ride returns for the second year in 2023. Head to the Waterfront for a casual two-mile looped course featuring a scavenger hunt. Recommended for ages 14 and younger. All children riders must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
  • All registered participants of the 2023 PNC Tour will receive:
    • An Official PNC Tour de Lou Ride T-Shirt 
    • SWAG Bag 
    • Invitation to the post-ride party to celebrate

What time does the Tour de Lou start?
This year’s in-person routes will have staggered start times: 

  • 62.1 Mile (Metric Century): 8 AM 
  • 35 Mile: 8:15 AM 
  • 20 Mile: 8:30 AM
  • Family Ride: 9:30 AM

Will the 2023 Tour de Lou differ from previous years? 

Yes! Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to in 2023:  

  • A returning route highlight for our 20-mile, 35-mile, and Metric Century riders will include a lap through Churchill Downs!  
  • Our second annual Family Adventure Ride will now feature a scavenger hunt through Waterfront Park! This is recommended their children ages 4-14 and their families. This two-mile loop will be full of fun surprises and snacks will be available.
  • The Metric Century route will again tour two states, as riders cross into Indiana for a portion of the route. 
  • We will be bringing back the post-ride celebration in a new way! Look for more details in the new year.   

Where is the Start and Finish Line?
The 2023 PNC Tour de Lou will start and end at in the corner lot at 301 East Witherspoon St and the Corner of Floyd Street. This will again be a looped course. Riders will bike through the parks and neighborhoods of Louisville, on an open course with safety support.   

The complete routes will be released in January, along with GPS Files for each Route.  

What time does the Finish Line close?
The Finish Line will close at 2 PM. Riders must maintain an 8-13 mph or faster pace to complete the ride.  

Where can I pick up my ride packet and swag? 

Packet Pickup will be offered the week leading up to the ride. More details on specific date and times will be released in January 2023.

What do I get as part of my Registration in the Tour de Lou? 

Riders will receive:  

  • The Official PNC Tour de Lou shirt (for the 20 & 35 mile routes, and the Family Ride) or a Tech Shirt (for the Metric Century ride). Both the registered child rider and one chaperone will receive the Official PNC Tour de Lou ride shirt for the Family Ride.  
  • An Official PNC Tour de Lou Swag Bag  
  • Course support including Rest Stops with water, snacks and bathrooms.
  • Access to GPS Route files for each distance, so riders can follow along on a Garmin, smart phone, or other GPS Device.  

Will there be places to get water, nutrition and take bathroom breaks along the In-Person course? 

Yes! We will have Rest Stops throughout each of the route distances, where riders will be able to refuel with single-serve water and single-serve snacks. Some Rest Stops will also include Porta-Johns for bathroom breaks. Details about where they are located will be included in the final map of the Ride Routes.

Am I required to wear a helmet to participate in the Tour de Lou?
To keep everyone safe, we require that every participant wear a helmet that conforms to CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) standards. Failure to adhere to this requirement may result in removal from the course.  

How do I purchase a Tour de Lou ride jersey?
Jerseys can be purchased during online registration and can be picked up during training rides, as well as picked up during Rider Packet Pick-Up.   

Looking for someone to ride with, or want to train before you complete your full ride? CLICK HERE to check out our partners at Louisville Bike Club, or take a look at their ride calendar. 

The Derby Festival’s annual cycling experience – the PNC Tour de Lou – is a unique way to tour Louisville on two wheels and celebrates its 10th year in 2023. 

The event has moved to a Sunday and cyclists will once again have the opportunity to ride through the home of the Kentucky Derby. In addition, the Metric Century course encompasses two states – Kentucky and Indiana. 

Registration for the 2023 PNC Tour de Lou opens on Thursday, Oct. 20. In honor of the 10th annual ride, special discounted pricing will be available for 10 days for riders who register between Oct. 20-30 for any of the four ride offerings. 

The separate cycling distances include: 

  • 20 miles – Ideal for beginners or those new to cycling (Open course, no streets closed) 
  • 35 miles – Ideal for moderate/experienced riders (Open course, no streets closed) 
  • 62.1 miles (Metric Century) – Ideal for advanced riders or those looking for a challenge (Open course, no streets closed) 
  • Family Adventure Ride – Returns for the second year with a twist. Head to the Waterfront for a casual two-mile looped course featuring a scavenger hunt. The Family Adventure Ride is recommended for ages 14 and younger. 

Starting times are staggered based on distance: Metric Century – 8 a.m., 35-mile ride – 8:15 a.m., 20-mile ride – 8:30 a.m., Family Adventure Ride – 9:30 a.m. 

A virtual alternative is also available for those who prefer to log their miles on their own. Riders who participate in the virtual option can still choose to complete the 20-, 35- or 62.1-mile distance. Participants can ride at their own pace – and even their own route – over multiple days. 

All participants in the 2023 PNC Tour de Lou will receive a ride shirt, swag bag and an invitation to the post-ride party to celebrate. 

Specific course and route details will be released in early 2023. 

 

Looking for someone to ride with, or want to train before you complete your full ride? CLICK HERE to check out our partners at Louisville Bike Club, or take a look at their ride calendar.

The Derby Festival’s annual cycling experience – the PNC Tour de Lou – is a unique way to tour Louisville on two wheels and celebrates its 10th year in 2023.

The event has moved to a Sunday and cyclists will once again have the opportunity to ride through the home of the Kentucky Derby. In addition, the Metric Century course encompasses two states – Kentucky and Indiana.

Registration for the 2023 PNC Tour de Lou opens on Thursday, Oct. 20. In honor of the 10th annual ride, special discounted pricing will be available for 10 days for riders who register between Oct. 20-30 for any of the four ride offerings.

The separate cycling distances include:

  • 20 miles – Ideal for beginners or those new to cycling (Open course, no streets closed)
  • 35 miles – Ideal for moderate/experienced riders (Open course, no streets closed)
  • 62.1 miles (Metric Century) – Ideal for advanced riders or those looking for a challenge (Open course, no streets closed)
  • Family Adventure Ride – Returns for the second year with a twist. Head to the Waterfront for a casual two-mile looped course featuring a scavenger hunt. The Family Adventure Ride is recommended for ages 14 and younger. (All children riders must be accompanied by an adult chaperone).

Starting times are staggered based on distance: Metric Century – 8 a.m., 35-mile ride – 8:15 a.m., 20-mile ride – 8:30 a.m., Family Adventure Ride – 9:30 a.m.

A virtual alternative is also available for those who prefer to log their miles on their own. Riders who participate in the virtual option can still choose to complete the 20-, 35- or 62.1-mile distance. Participants can ride at their own pace – and even their own route – over multiple days.

All participants in the 2023 PNC Tour de Lou will receive a ride shirt, swag bag and an invitation to the post-ride party to celebrate.

Specific course and route details will be released in early 2023.