PNC Tour de LouClick here to see the Route
Sunday, April 29, 2018
8:30 am: 62.1 Mile Advanced Ride / Metric Century (Open course, no streets closed)
8:40 am: 35 Mile Experienced Ride / More advanced (Open course, no streets closed)
8:50 am: 20 Mile Intermediate Ride / New to cycling (Open course, no streets closed)
The Kentucky Derby Festival is partnering with the Louisville Bicycle Club to produce PNC Tour de Lou, scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018. The Festival’s fifth annual bike event is for riders of all levels of experience.
The Tour de Lou route will be an open course, which will start and finish at Waterfront Park near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. There also will be three separate distances based on experience levels:
The course highlights include an Olmsted Park Tour, including Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee parks. Cyclists will also travel through all areas of the city from Downtown and Churchill Downs to the South End and Highlands.
- Bicycle Bell
- Reflective Clip Light
- Water Bottle
- Event Pin
- SAG Support
- 4 Water Fill Stations
- Iroquois Park
- Chickasaw Park
- Cherokee Park
- Southern Parkway
Addition Registration Information
- Bike Valet
- Two lane or Bike lane provided over 90% of the open course, Bike Captains on course
- DJ/Route Entertainment
- Tour de Lou Cycling Jerseys available for purchase
- Post Ride Party – Vendors, Sponsors, Etc.
- Portion of entry to Louisville Bike Club
- Tracked mileage for all Louisville Bike Club members
CLICK HERE for more information on the Louisville Bicycle Club.
What is Tour de Lou?
The PNC Kentucky Derby Festival Tour de Lou is a non-competitive, un-timed, 20, 35 or 62.1 mile bicycle tour through Louisville, Ky.
What time does the Tour de Lou start?
62.1 Mile (Metric Century): 8:30 AM
35 Mile: 8:40 AM
20 Mile: 8:50 AM
Where is the Start and Finish Line?
The rides both start and finish under I-64 on River Road, near the intersection of Preston St. and Witherspoon St.
What time does the Finish Line close?
Finish Line operations close at 3:00 PM. Riders who maintain an 8-10 mph or faster pace should have no problem completing the ride within these time constraints.
Where can I pick up my ride packet and materials?
Ride packets can be picked up at the Derby Festival Race Expo and Packet Pick-Up on April 26th (4:00-8:00pm) and 27th (11:00am-9:00pm) in the West Wing at the Kentucky Exposition Center. (Photo ID required for pick-up)
Am I required to wear a helmet to participate in the Tour de Lou?
Every participant must 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 for pick-up at the Derby Festival Race Expo. (There will also be limited quantities and sizes available for purchase at the Race Expo).
Can I pick up my packet on the day of the ride?
Yes — send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements for ride day pick-ups.