The Tour de Lou: Cycling without the racing
The Tour De Lou is a fun relaxed cycling event that is part of the Kentucky Derby Festival events in Louisville. It was held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 and is set for April 29, 2018. 2015 was the second year I participated in this ride, and I will probably try to this year as well if my schedule allows for it, but it is not on my “must do” list.
We had a great time in 2015.
The event costs $35-$45 depending on when you registered and included a t-shirt and water bottle (for 2018, the first 100 registrants get in for only $30). You could also purchase cycling jerseys if you were interested and they also had a post ride party. (Woo hoo!) Not sure about your cycling skills? You can choose either a 20 mile or 35 mile route depending on your experience and comfort level. Both routes are open courses with no street closures. I and two friends were in it for the long haul and committed to cycling the 35 mile route.
The ride does not start until later in the morning, 11:15 a.m. however, I was still late — as usual.
The start was like most races/rides/runs — congested, but it evens out and opens up within the first two miles or so. We never questioned what road to take or if we were going to the correct way. (Organizers definitely marked the course better in 2015 than for the 2014 event.)
SAG support offers loads of help to all the participants, and the Louisville Bicycle Club folks are also out and about and very helpful. The three water stops were geared for fun and had refreshments and entertainment, as well as people to assist with minor bike troubles. All three water stops are in different parks. The first park (Chickasaw Park) is very flat and scenic. The other two parks (Iroquois and Cherokee) are pretty hilly, but don’t be concerned because it’s only a few miles. You can do it!
I would definitely recommend this ride to anyone training or practicing cycling for longer routes or just out for some Sunday exercise.
This was a training ride for my tri bike, so it worked out great. It’s nice to have shorter rides as an option because organized public rides with entertainment and refreshments (that are shorter than a century ride) are hard to come by in Kentucky. Give it a shot! Registration opens on October 2nd, 2017 for the 2018 event!
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Completed any competitive or recreational rides? Let us know what we should try!