1. Indy Crit
July 11, 9 a.m. The Mass Ave Crit has proven so popular that Indy’s been graced with a second urban day-long series of races. This one helps raise money for Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, which we dig.
One Monument Circle, FREE for spectators, indycrit.com
2. Red Bull Indianapolis GP
NOTHING is cooler than watching the MotoGP racers lean into a turn so deeply their well-padded knees are skimming the asphalt. OK, watching them pop up uninjured from a spill at 200-plus mph is pretty damn impressive, too. There are LOTS more races than the main event, so trust us, you’ll never be bored. Additionally, between the drivers and the umbrella girls, there’s lots of — ahem — lovely visuals no matter whom you’re attracted to. Bring the binoculars.
Aug. 7, gates open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., prices vary.
Aug. 8, gates open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., prices vary
Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Aug. 9, gates open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., prices vary
3. The Mass Ave Criterium
Aug. 1, 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. This NUVO-sponsored — hell, NUVO-created — event is one solid Saturday full of excitement. A “crit” is (usually) an urban bike race on city closed city streets that covers a short looped course (often under a mile). There are many races throughout the day.:You’ll see kids on bikes, people on fixies — not to mention some of the best riders anywhere competing in the final race, even professionals. You’ll even see the top riders running under the lights after sunset. The triangular course is exciting and challenging, and the tradition of American criterium racing — which saw the height of its popularity in the 1920s — highlights beautiful urban settings as a backdrop for the course. Plus, we really dig Mass Ave, y’know?