Big weekend for bikers

 

Critical Mass

Downtown Indianapolis

Friday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.

Cycling in Indianapolis celebrates one of its favorite events this weekend with Critical Mass, a monthly community bike ride that begins near the Artsgarden of Circle Centre Mall at the corner of Washington and Illinois streets. The rides are short, non-competitive urban bike rides through the city that begin at 5:30 p.m. They are free and take place rain or shine, all year round. For more on Critical Mass, contact Greg Buck at gregorybuck@hotmail.com.

N.I.T.E. Ride

Major Taylor Velodrome

Saturday, June 28, 11 p.m.

While the “official” N.I.T.E. Ride begins at 11 p.m. and takes participants on a two-hour ride through the city, the event itself begins at practically the crack of dawn. A morning “club ride” that kicks off the full day of cycling starts at 8 a.m. with the Central Indiana Bicycling Association and includes rides of 17, 32, 45 and 58 miles. A dinner ride is also scheduled for 5-7 p.m. The Velodrome will host vendors and riders throughout the day, with United States Cycling Federation track races scheduled at 7 p.m., featuring some of the best cyclists from around the state competing in a variety of heats. For more information on N.I.T.E. Ride 2008, go to  www.niteride.org.

Zionsville Criterium

Downtown Zionsville

Sunday, June 29, 3 p.m.

The 10th annual Zionsville Grand Prix will take place through the brick streets of Zionsville village this Sunday. A 30-mile, multilap course with four sharp corners, for Category 1-3 riders, will be the main event of the day (let’s see if the NUVO-Cultural Trail team can defend their first place finish from last year!). Other races will be held throughout the afternoon, including races for female riders and Category 4 and 5 riders, as well as an open race. For more information or to register for any of the races, go to  www.truesport.com and look for a recap of the Category 1 race in next week’s NUVO.

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