PNC Tour de Lou

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REGISTER for the NEW PNC Tour de LOU Training Program

The PNC Kentucky Derby Festival Tour de Lou Training Program is a FREE 8-week program designed for bicyclist of all experience levels. The training program will feature weekly group bike rides led by the Louisville Bicycle Club. Training tips and nutritional information will also be provided. Be one of the first 250 to register and receive a FREE tech shirt.

The training rides will take place at Noon on weekends starting February 24th to April 20th, with the exception of Thunder on April 13th. All rides will meet in the Yellow Lot on River Road. The first ride will be 5 miles and will increase by 5 miles each week.

Training Schedule: (All Rides start at Noon)

  • Week #1 5 Mile Training Ride & Rider 101 – Sunday, February 24th @ Noon / Yellow Lot
    *Please note this is a Sunday ride due to other events
  • Week #2 10 Mile Training Ride – Saturday, March 2nd @ Noon / Yellow Lot
  • Week #3 15 Mile Training Ride – Sunday, March 10th @ Noon / Yellow Lot
    *Please note this is a Sunday ride due to other events
  • Week #4 20 Mile Training Ride – Saturday, March 16th @ Noon / Yellow Lot
  • Week #5 25 Mile Training Ride – Saturday, March 23rd @ Noon / Yellow Lot
  • Week #6 30 Mile Training Ride – Saturday, March 30th @ Noon / Yellow Lot
  • Week #7 35 Mile Training Ride – Saturday, April 6th @ Noon / Yellow Lot
  • Week #8 40 Mile Training Ride – Saturday, April 20th @ Noon / Yellow Lot
    *Please note the weekend of April 13th was skipped due to Thunder Over Louisville


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When you register, you will receive a special link to share on Facebook and Twitter. When three of your friends use that link to register for the 2019 PNC Tour de Lou, you’ll get a $10 refund on the card you used to register for the race.  (The amount will be applied to the credit card on file with your RunSignUp account.)

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•Register online
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•Referrals are good for 2019 PNC Tour de Lou participants

Sunday, April 28, 2019
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 28, 2019.  The Festival’s sixth 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.

Registration Includes

  • T-shirt
  • Water Bottle
  • Event Pin
  • SAG Support
  • 4 Water Fill Stations
    • Iroquois Park
    • Chickasaw Park
    • Cherokee Park
    • Southern Parkway

Addition Ride 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.

Click HERE to download Turn by Turn Directions: 20 mi


Click HERE to download Turn by Turn Directions: 35 mi


Click HERE to download Metric Century Turn by Turn Directions: 62.1 mi

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 2:30 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 25th (4:00-8:00pm) and 26th (11:00am-9:00pm) in the Kentucky International Convention Center, Hall B. (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, day-of packet pick-up will be available for out-of-town riders. You must send an email to at least a week before the ride, and we will make arrangements for pick-ups.