PNC Tour de Lou


The Kentucky Derby Festival is once again partnering with the Louisville Bicycle Club to produce the PNC Tour de Lou on Sunday, April 14.

Participants will have the opportunity to bike in-person on this open course, as well as the option to participate virtually. The 11th annual PNC Tour de Lou is a unique way to explore Louisville on two wheels while passing through some of the city’s scenic parks, neighborhoods and historic sites, including Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby), with cyclists from all across the country.

As always, the Festival’s annual bike event is for riders of all levels of experience, with separate distances and ride options:

  • 62.1 Mile Metric Century / Advanced Ride (Open course): 8 AM
  • 35 Mile Experienced Ride / Intermediate Ride (Open course): 8:10 AM
  • 20 Mile Ride / New to cycling (Open course): 8:20 AM
  • Virtual Ride 20, 35, and Metric Century Options (Find more info here!)


2024 Ride Routes

The course will be released in January 2024. Upon availability, visit KDF. ORG
All courses are available on RIDE WITH GPS

    • 20-mile:
    • 35-mile:
    • 62.1-mile (100k):


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.

  • The 2024 route for participants in the 20-mile, 35-mile & Metric Century will be released in January 2024. 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 2024.)
  • All registered participants of the 2024 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: 8:10 AM 
  • 20 Mile: 8:20 AM

Where is the Start and Finish Line?
The 2024 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 2024.

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), or a Tech Shirt (for the Metric Century 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 SAG (Support and Gear) stops throughout each of the route distances. Riders will be able to refuel with water, snacks and restrooms. SAG stops will 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. 



2024 PNC Tour de Lou RIDE DAY FAQS

1. How do I get my ride packet?
Specific dates for packet pick-up will be released in January 2024. Traditionally, there are three opportunities to pick up your PNC Tour de Lou ride packet. Day of packet pick-up will be available. We suggest that you arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your ride to get ready to go!

2. Where does the ride start?
All distances will start from the west corner of the parking lot at 399 E Witherspoon St, Louisville KY 40202. This lot is located at the corner of Witherspoon & Floyd St.

3. What time will my ride start?
Join us for rules of the road and remarks from our sponsors at 7:55 am.
The Metric Century will ride off at 8:00
35 Mile ride at 8:10
20 Mile ride at 8:20

4. Where can I view the course for my ride?
The course will be released in January 2024. Upon availability, visit KDF. ORG
All courses are available on RIDE WITH GPS

5. Where can I park ?
a. Limited parking will be available on the EAST side of the 399 E Witherspoon lot for an event rate parking fee.
b. Street parking is free on surrounding side streets as well as just one block away on Main Street
c. There are multiple garages in there area that will have daily parking rates: Humana Waterside Garage

6. How does weather affect the event ?
Weather in the Ohio Valley in the spring can be very unpredictable. The average high for Louisville in April is 70 degrees and the normal low is 47 degrees.

The PNC Tour de Lou has never been canceled due to weather. In the event of severe weather the ride times may be delayed. The safety of our participants, attendees, volunteers and organizers is always top priority.

7. Can I switch ride distances?
There is a $10 transfer fee. If you have registered for a lower distance, you may be asked to pay the ride fee difference to best provide support for all riders

8. Can I start with a person riding another distance?
Yes, all rides follow the course and have clearly marked split points.

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.