Building on the reputation as the amateur sports capital of the world, the Bissell/AGB/NUVO/Indianapolis Cultural Trail Cycling Team is hosting a downtown Indianapolis race in the heart of the Mass Ave Cultural District on Saturday, August 10th from 11:30 a.m. to TBD p.m. Due to the great popularity of the venue for the fans and the racers, the NUVO Mass Ave Criterium will also be the host site for the Elite Criterium Championships.
This year’s Criterium includes the the Police & Fire Indianapolis Championships, a fundraiser for their designated charities.
In addition to racing, the Mass Ave Criterium will also feature the New Belgium Beer Garden in Davlan Park at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Alabama Street The Beer Garden will offer New Belgium beer and premiere spectator seating for attendees 21 and over as well as a designated area for families.
The race brings elite cycling up close and personal as riders from the Midwest compete for $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in prizes racing with speeds up to 40 mph. The triangular, fully enclosed, 2/3rds-mile course proceeds from the start/finish line at 435 Massachusetts Ave., near the Chatterbox Jazz Club, turns left onto Vermont St. at the Old Point Tavern to East St. and back to the finish line on Mass Ave.
Pedestrians and cars will be allowed to cross these streets mid-race.
Prizes will be in increments of $25, $50 and $100 and free refreshments will be provided for racers at registration. For rider’s safety the promoters will be employing 120 course marshals, 14 police officer and over 2,000 feet of street barricades to allow the racers to focus on racing. Minimum field size for full payout is 10 riders.
Full Neutral Wheel Pit by Indy Service Course
The race will be professionally supported with a neutral wheel service in the pit. Indy Service Course will provide mechanical assistance as well as Zipp wheels in case you have any problems on race day.
Indy Service Course will be providing a neutral wheel pit for some great piece of mind. Let Matt worry about race-day shifting adjustments and flat tires. Professional race support for every racer, to keep you in the race.
Race-day registration will be outside the Chatterbox Café at 435 Mass Ave. Online registration will close at midnight on TBD. Walkup registration and one-day licenses available on race day with a $10 late fee. Race-day registration closes 30 minutes before each race.
After the race, competitors and spectators are invited to a post-race party in the New Belgium Beer Garden where we will be showing the film, Breaking Away with the support of the International Film Society. The YMCA in the Athenaeum will also offer parking and free showers for racing cyclists so they can clean up to watch other races as well join us at the after-party. The YMCA shower facility will close at 10pm.
FreeWheelin Community Bikes of Indianapolis will provide a bicycle safety rodeo for children and families from 11:30am to 1:30pm on the northwest corner of Mass Ave. and Michigan St. The rodeo will teach bicycling safety and Flanner and Buchanan will distribute over 100 free children’s helmets while supplies last. FreeWheelin Community Bikes is also running the free kids races which start at 1:55pm. Please register by 1:30pm.
Day of registration fee: an additional $10.
Pre registration bonus: The first 20 riders to pre register in each race will receive a call up to the front row before the start
$20 per additional race.
Please refer to the official race flyer for the complete list of prizes and details for payouts:
* $50 for highest placing collegiate rider.
*** Traveling Trophy
Fixed Gear Race Rules:
1. Helmets required
2. Front brakes optional
3. No coasters, freewheels or single speeds – fixed gear only.
For those who wish to cycle to the event, a Pedal and Park facility will be located in the park in front of the Athenaeum and watch for scheduled rides from the northside along the Monon Trail to the event.
All IndyGo Fixed Route buses are equipped with bike racks. Each bus can carry two bikes at a time. Visithttp://www.IndyGo.net/riding_tips for more information.
Sponsors include: New Belgium Brewing • BGI • Chatterbox • indiebike.com • Crossfit Naptown • Zipp/SRAM
Contributors include: The Art Press• United State of Indiana • Indiana Living Green • Collingnon Dietrick • Freewheelin’ Community Bikes • IndyCog • Joe’s Cycle. Mass Ave Merchants Association • Flanner and Buchanan • Pedal & Park • CIBA • ICVA • Fringe Festival • Mass Ave Cultural District • Indy Custom Cornhole • Planet Adventure • YMCA Athenaeum • Indy Bike Hub YMCA • Bicycle Indiana • Indiana Sports Corporation • Spokes for Hope Proceeds benefit Freewheelinbikes.org.
Start/finish line and registration are at 435 Mass Ave in downtown Indy. For directions, please mapquest (or use the link at the top of this page):
435 Mass Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204
Reserved, free parking is available for racers only near the first turn at the West end of the course at Roberts Park United Methodist Church, 401 N. Delaware Street. See flyer at http://mac.nuvo.net for all parking options.
The Mass Ave Critierium is a 3-corner, flat, left turning, .66 mile crit in the beautiful, hip, Mass Ave neighborhood of downtown Indy, utilizing Mass Ave, Vermont and East street.