Go, bikers

Dateline: Wed 30 Jul 2008

Indianapolis needs all the alternative energy/mass transit alternatives it can get; hence the emphasis on biking in the capital city. With that in mind, this press release is shared with athletic-minded readers:

"FIRST ANNUAL INDIANAPOLIS CULTURAL TRAIL MASS AVE CRITERIUM ANNOUNCED FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

"Carrying on the reputation as 'amateur sports capital of the

world,' the Indianapolis Cultural Trail/NUVO Cycling Team is planning a

downtown Indianapolis race in the heart of the Mass Ave Cultural District on Saturday, August 16 from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. Race planners hope that the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Mass Ave Criterium, presented by NUVO and The Indianapolis Foundation, will be an annual event, inviting local families and visitors to enjoy exciting amateur cycling racing, a bicycle safety rodeo, and European-like festival experience.

"The race promises to bring elite cycling up close and personal as riders from the Midwest compete for $5,000 in prizes at speeds up to 35 mph. The course,set to start/finish at 660 Massachusetts Ave. near the Firefighters Union Hall, will close Massachusetts Ave., College Ave., and North St., for the duration of the race. Pedestrians and cars will be allowed to cross these streets mid-race. "

For those who don't know the term, "A Criterium race is a mass-start race typically held on a course of four or more corners under one mile in length."

NUVO publisher Kevin McKinney has thrown his support behind this event, as have Mass Ave merchants including David Andrichik, owner of the Chatterbox. Anyhow, it sounds like a way-cool event for people of all ages, kids included.

For more info:

"Free parking will be available at the English Foundation Building, 615 N. Alabama St., and at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St. For more information or to register, visit www.bengasports.com or call 765.620.8358."

Thanks to Chris Gahl for sending this our way in a timely fashion.

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