The Residential Engagement Committee of the 100th Running Host Committee, in partnership with IndyCog, is organizing the first ever group bike ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the morning of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
On Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 a.m., participants will gather at Indianapolis City Market in downtown Indianapolis where they will enjoy music, a short welcome address, games, and food trucks before setting out on a safe group ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Bicyclists of all ages will ride as a group from City Market to 12th and Main Street in Speedway. Upon arrival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, bike parking will be provided by Pedal and Park who will secure bikes while participants enjoy the race.
Bike to the 500 is a fun opportunity for the community to celebrate the 100th Running with family, friends, and fellow biking enthusiasts.
As part of the ride we have a Pedal and Park corral at Daredevil Brewing Company. If you volunteer for Pedal and Park this Sunday, we have some great gifts for you. First, you get a cool 500 volunteer shirt, an IndyCog Bike to Work shirt, a complimentary beer at Daredevil and the first 10 people to volunteer get tickets to the Red Bull Air Race. Not a bad deal for spending a few hours looking at bikes and talking to people who like you. Please sign-up now!
Bike to the 500: FAQ and All You Need To Know
When: Sunday, May 29, 7am
What is the timeline for Sunday?
Celebration at City Market west plaza 7a - 9a
Welcome + announcements 8:30a
Bikes depart from City Market west plaza 9 - 9:30a
Pedal & Park at Daredevil Brewing Co. 6a - 6p
Do I need to be a member of IndyCog to participate?
Do I need to preregister?
While it is preferred, you can register day of at the City Market.
What does the "celebration" at the market entail?
The celebration at the market will include a DJ, food, a biergarten by Tomlinson Tap Room, facepainting for the kids, corn hole and larger than life checkers and swag and price giveaways.
Help! I don't have a bike.
Bicycle Garage Indianapolis has a limited number of rental bikes available at their shop located at the YMCA Bike Hub. A coupon for a rental I available here
Basic bike maintenance will also be available at BGI.
Is parking available if I plan to drive downtown with my bike?
Street parking is also available and free on Sundays.
What about parking my bike at the track?
Secure bike parking will be provided as part of your registration fee by Pedal & Park at Daredevil Brewing Co (1151 W Main St, Speedway, IN 46224) from 6a - 6p. The ride from downtown will end here. Daredevil is a .8 miles from the track and the walk should take about 15 minutes.
What is the route the ride is taking to the track and how long of a ride will it be?
The route to the track is 5.7 miles, which should take 30-45 minutes to ride. The route will leave the City Market and go north on Delaware St to Michigan St, then left on Michigan to Cossell Rd, and then Cossell Rd. to Main St. in Speedway and the Daredevil Brewing.
This is a "no drop" ride with a leisurely pace and no one will be left behind. An IMPD officer will be riding with the group and there will be ride leaders at the front and back of the pack.
Is there is a return group ride as well?
Group rides back downtown will leave on the hour from Pedal and Park following the conclusion of the race.
Are helmets required?
Helmets are required.
Can I bring a backpack or cooler with food and drinks with me?
Feel free to bring backpacks and coolers on the ride. However, glass is not permitted inside the Speedway. Also, you can not tailgate at Daredevil Brewing Co