INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Despite the rain on Saturday, hundreds of bicyclists took over downtown Indianapolis for the Indy Crit Cycling Race and Festival.
Crit aims to to raise awareness and increase interest in cycling.
Amateurs and pros had a chance to race, but the most popular race was the race with the mayor. Dozens of local celebrities and business leaders, including 24-Hour News 8′s oown Lauren Lowery and Julie Patterson, raced against Mayor Greg Ballard.
Trip, the Butler Bulldog, also made it out to the event.
Mayor Ballard says in the past five years, Indy has become one of the biggest bicycling cities in the nation and he expects the sport to continue to grow.
“It’s about getting people out, exercising, getting people outside. They needed the infrastructure, they needed some programming and all that is happening now, so we’ve got a lot more people riding today,” Ballard said.
Lauren Lowery was the first media member, and the first woman, to cross the finish line on Saturday.