PNC Kentucky Derby Festival Tour de Lou Training Program Operated by Louisville Bike Club

Sat February 27 - Sat April 3, 2021 Louisville, KY 40202 US Directions

Free PNC Tour de Lou Training Program

$0 12:00PM EST - 8:00PM EDT Registration ends April 3, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT
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Parking Lot at the corner of Witherspoon & Floyd Street.
301 East Witherspoon St
Louisville, KY US 40202

Wish you could ride faster or go further on your bicycle? The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC can help you do both through their returning training program for bicyclists at all experience levels. Registration for the FREE PNC Tour de Lou Training Program is now open online!

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 100 to register will receive a free training shirt.

The training rides will take place at Noon on a Saturday or Sunday starting Saturday, February 27th and go through Saturday, April 6th. All rides will meet in the Yellow Lot of Waterfront Park on River Road. The first ride will be 5 miles and begin with a Cycling 101 Class, all participants need to bring is their bike and a helmet. The rides increase by 5 miles each week. 

The 2021 PNC Tour de Lou is set for Sunday, April 18th and marks the eighth year for the event, the Derby Festival looks forward to offering participants the opportunity to ride in-person (socially distanced) or virtually through the 20, 35 or 62.1 mile ride. 

We have put some new procedures for joining our training rides into play. We want you to be prepared when you join. Here’s what you can expect.  

We will be executing training rides in 2021 with a small group show and go method.

How will this work? 

Masks are mandatory, and must be worn until you start your ride 
Temperature checks upon arrival  
Check in process for ease of grouping and ride take off  
Once you arrive you will be greeted and your temperature will be taken.  
You will sign a waiver and check in. 
You will then be assigned to a bike captain – your bike captain will be the lead for your training ride  
Your bike captain will be an experienced and trained rider from the Louisville Bicycle Club, and will be clearly located by their brightly colored vest.  
Your ride captain will go over some rules of the road with you, and give you a ride cue sheet for the days ride if you need one.  
once you have 10-15 riders in your group, you will take off in your group.  
Groups will leave in staggered starts to naturally increase spread of riders on the road, and reduce the number of people waiting around to start  

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