Eva Bandman Park and Cyclocross Venue

About Eva Bandman Park

1701 River Rd., 40206
(River Road east of Frankfort Avenue)
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Louisville's Eva Bandman Park is the premiere cyclocross venue in the United States.

Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing that combines different types of racing elements - wooded trails, graded, steep hills and obstacles that require the rider to dismount, carry the bike over or around the obstruction, and remount.

Metro Parks began construction of the course at Eva Bandman in 2009, and completed the course prior to the 2010 USGP Derby City Cup. The course combines scenic views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River but still employs trecherous features such as sand mounds, numerous run-ups, "flyovers," and wooded areas that will pose challenges for even the most experienced riders.

Metro Parks spent $125,000 on construction for the park, which hosted the 2013 Elite and Masters UCI World Cyclocross Championships.

Facts about Cyclocross:
  • Cyclocross bikes are similar to racing bicycles: however, they utilize knobby tread tires typically seen in mountain bikes
  • Cyclocross riders are allowed to change bicycles if need be and receive mechanical assistance during races
  • Races typically take place in autumn and winter, when course conditions are at their most challenging
  • Although the sport first took hold in Europe (Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic), it's getting substantial footing in the United States.  Louisville was chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale, cycling's international governing body, to host the 2013 Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships and the 2012 and 2013 Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships.{Learn More}

River frontage
Biking - Cyclocross (map)

Size: 59.28 acres
Acquired: 1937
Metro Council Representative: Tina Ward-Pugh, 9th
Park Hours: Dawn to dusk

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Photos of Eva Bandman Park and Cyclocross Venue (Flickr).

Video of the Eva Bandman cyclocross construction.

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