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8th Annual Indy Criterium @indycrit, July 8, 2017

July 6, 2017 1 comment

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By Jennifer Cvar
Indy Criterium, Inc.

The 8th annual IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival rolls into Monument Circle Saturday, July 8, 2017.

This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, vendor village, community rides, PNC Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and much more.

The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is the largest criterium bicycle race in the state of Indiana and one of the largest in the Midwest. More than 600 professional and amateur cyclists are expected to compete, drawing in crowds of nearly 20,000 to spectate throughout the day. The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is one of the most hotly contested bicycle races in the Midwest, with hundreds of pro and amateur participants competing. The race will wind through an exciting 1-mile figure-8 course looping through the heart of downtown Indianapolis over the famous Monument Circle bricks.

All proceeds from the IU Health Indy Criterium benefit Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a local non-profit committed to enhancing life skills for community youth through bicycles. In total, the IU Health Indy Criterium has contributed over $105,000 to Freewheelin’s Earn-A-Bike program that helps inner city youth earn bicycles of their own.

What to watch for:
Indy Crit Kick-Off Ride of over 500 bicyclists starting at 9 a.m. with a parade lap around the race course on closed city streets.

Bicycle-related activities throughout the day for spectators to enjoy or take part in including BMX stunt shows with X-Games athletes, PNC Kids Zone activities, bicycle safety course for kids, face painting, rock wall, bounce house, Silly Safaris animal show and more!

The National Bank of Indianapolis and Faegre Baker Daniels VIP/Celebrity Relay Race on Pacers Bikeshare bicycles at 12:15pm, featuring Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer, Indiana Fever mascot Freddy Fever, Colts cheerleaders, IU Health physicians and local business leaders.

Bicycle helmet giveaway of 200 helmets for kids at the CIBA tent from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PNC Kids Bicycle Races on Meridian Street at 2 p.m.

Inaugural Indy Bike Parade at 6 p.m. featuring musicians on bicycles, micro-floats pulled by bicycles and race team presentations.

Food and beverages from a variety of local food vendors.

Traffic Advisory:

The bike race will begin and end at Monument Circle. As a result of the race, the following streets will be closed or partially closed from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.:

Northwest Quadrant of Monument Circle (total closure)
Market St. between Monument Circle and Illinois St. (total closure)
Illinois St. between Market and New York St. (partial closure)
New York St. between Capitol Avenue and Delaware St. (total closure)
Meridian St. between Monument Circle and Vermont St. (total closure)
Vermont St. between Pennsylvania and Meridian St. (total closure)
Pennsylvania St. between Vermont and Market St. (total/partial closure)
Ohio St. between Illinois Street and Pennsylvania St. (total closure)

Additional details, including an event map, can be found at www.indycrit.org. Attendance is free.

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