The Indy Criterium was founded in 2010 by Jennifer Cvar and Wayde Klein, both criterium racers at the time. They both noted a void of urban races in Indianapolis and conceptualized an epic race course in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, utilizing a portion of Monument Circle. Cvar and Klein knew the course would appeal to the local racers and a festival vibe would attract spectators.
Over the years, the race has grown in both size and popularity among racers across the Midwest. Since 2013, the event has attracted over 500 racers and thousands of spectators, fans and volunteers.
The Indy Criterium is more than just a cycling race. It is a celebration of "all things biking" in our community. Our planning committee is volunteer-driven and proceeds from the event benefit Freewheelin' Community Bikes.
Freewheelin' Community Bikes
Since the Indy Criterium's inception in 2010, a significant portion of the event proceeds have benefited Freewheelin' Community Bikes, a local community bike shop and youth organization that serves kids in the Indianapolis community.
Founded in 2007 by Nancy Stimson, Freewheelin’ Community Bikes provides programming to youth ages 10-18 teaching bicycle mechanics, safe riding, and life and leadership skills through our signature Earn-A-Bike program. Freewheelin' is currently the only organization in Central Indiana that offers hands-on education and leadership development to youth via bicycles. Many of our youth are struggling in a traditional school environment and Freewheelin' helps them experience success by engaging them in a hands-on experience, with the promise of taking home a bike at the completion of the basic Earn-a-Bike program.
Freewheelin' Community Bikes is a non-profit 501c(3) organization. If you would like to learn more about Freewheelin's program, please visit www.freewheelinbikes.org.