Top 5 Bike Rides for an Indianapolis Summer of Fun in the Sun
Biking has quickly become “the norm” for Indianapolis residents, and there are plenty of upcoming events that integrate the exercise with fun activities. The biking tours around the community can either benefit a fundraiser or give families a chance to see the city differently. No matter which course is chosen, here are our top five this summer:
1. Coming up on June 27, the “24 Hours of Booty” ride raises money for cancer organizations. Located at Clowes Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., the biking begins at 7 p.m. and goes until the next day, making it a 24-hour long course. The 3.5 mile route involves camping out in teams in “Bootyville”. Meals, snacks, energy bars and drinks are provided for everyone that participates. For more information visit their website at www.24hoursofbooty.org.
2. Hosted in Downtown Indy, races will be set up for all ages on a .95-mile figure-8-style route. There is going to be thousands of dollars in prizes handed out to the winners of each age category. Not going to race? Free yoga is being held in University Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The bike racing starts at 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at 325 N. Meridian St. Go to www.indycrit.com to register for the July 12th event.
3. A more laid back stance on bike riding, the Mass Ave Criterium is on August 2 from noon to 9 p.m. Most of the day is filled with beer drinking and live entertainment. Usually, there are hundreds of riders with thousands of fans cheering them on each year. At the end of the race, winners are celebrated in a “European tradition” with podium girls, champagne and flowers. Free races will be held for kids ages 3-9 and 10-18. Check it out at www.massavecrit.com.
4. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is the host of the 11-mile bike ride to kick off the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration on July 12. The ride is free and open to all ages. Starting at the Martin Luther King Jr. corridor, the route continues until the Madame Walker Theater. To go along with the ride, there is a health fair that is offering free diabetes screenings, as well as raffles and snack for the entire family. Located at 3649 Cold Springs Road, the event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit www.indy.gov.
5. Take a night ride at the “Navigate Indy This Evening” that travels through downtown. The N.I.T.E. Ride has daylight route too, beginning at 8 a.m. A dinner will be served at 5 p.m. before the 19-mile route, and afterwards a party with free dinner and live music. The bike ride is at 11 p.m. and goes well into the night on June 28 at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, 1001 W. New York St. Visit www.niteride.org to register and get more details.
These top 5 are open to every type of biker for both recreational and competitive reasons. Get out and enjoy some exercise with fellow bike lovers in the community.