Cyclists take a 'Tour de Lou' in new Derby Festival event

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 27 at 8:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s new cycling event, Tour de Lou, was sold out Sunday.

More than 1200 bicyclists registered to participate in the event.

There were three routes, a 35-mile, 20-mile and four-mile ride.

The course included a scenic Olmsted Park tour showcasing Shawnee, Chickasaw, Wayside, Iroquois and Cherokee Parks.

Cyclists on the more experienced rides also traveled through neighborhoods around the city from downtown along Main Street and Waterfront Park, to Portland, Algonquin and South Louisville. Riders also traveled through Old Louisville, NuLu, The Highlands and Butchertown.

Those who participated in the event say it was a great experience.

Since 1956, the Kentucky Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together leading up to the Run for the Roses.

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