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

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

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 and look for a recap of the Category 1 race in next week’s NUVO.