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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 on Sunday, April 16th, 2023.
Location for Training Program
Waterfront Park Yellow Lot: 1401 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40206
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. 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)
35-Mile: Experienced Ride / Intermediate Ride (Open course)
20-Mile: Ride / New to cycling (Open course)
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).
Virtual Ride 20, 35, and Metric Century Options (Find more info here!)
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.
Register for the Free Training Program
It’s time to condition for your cycling mission! The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC are gearing up for the annual training program for the 2023 PNC Tour de Lou. Want to ride faster or go further on your bicycle? The Kentucky Derby Festival, PNC, and our official Medical Provider & Training Partner Norton Sports Health can help you reach your goals with this six-week training program or bicyclists at all experience levels.
Registration for the FREE PNC Tour de Lou Training Program is now open!
The six-week training program includes free group rides led by the experts of the Louisville Bicycle Club. Training tips, like hand signals and rules of the road, as well as nutritional information, will also be shared. Plus, the first 250 to register will receive a free training shirt.
The training rides will take place at Noon on Sundays starting February 26th and go through Sunday, April 2nd. All rides will meet in the Waterfront Park Yellow Lot: 1401 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40206
The first ride will be 5 miles and begin with a Cycling 101 for all riders
All participants need to bring their bike and helmet.
Training rides increase by 5 miles each week.
The 2023 PNC Tour de Lou is set for Sunday, April 16th, and marks the tenth year for the event. The Kentucky Derby Festival looks forward to offering participants the opportunity to ride in-person or virtually through the 20, 35 or 62.1-mile ride and on a closed course through Waterfront Park during the Family Adventure Ride, offering a ride distance for all levels!
All rides will be led by experienced Ride Captains from our partner Louisville Bike Club
GET THE MOST UP-TO-DATE TRAINING RIDE INFO ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.
Training Schedule: All Rides start at Noon on Sunday
Week #1: 5-Mile Training Ride – Sunday, February 26th
Week #2: 10-Mile Training Ride – Sunday, March 5th
Week #3: 15-Mile Training Ride – Sunday, March 12th
Week #4: 20-Mile Training Ride – Sunday, March 19th
Week #5: 25-Mile Training Ride – Sunday, March 26th
Week #6: 30-Mile Training Ride – Sunday, April 2nd