The month of August has spoiled those of us who enjoy awesome things. Case in point: The inaugural Fountain Square Grand Prix bicycle criterium race held on August 18th, 2012.
I loved the race being held on that day. There was a strong symbolism to the FSGP being held on the same weekend as the MotoGP at the Speedway. Indy is a town that loves to host a good competition. But it also loves to host a good party, and that’s why the Cataracts 2012 music festival being held at the same time and only 1 block away from the bicycle race made this a perfect Indianapolis blending of Sports & Entertainment.
A criterium race is a timed race held on a closed city street. You can imagine that the street patterns in Fountain Square can provide some interesting course geometries, and indeed the course was set up in an almost-figure eight configuration, which means that you see each rider at least twice on each lap at the main intersection.
It was also fun to see people being able to use the streets and sidewalks for a public celebration. Currently, the square of Fountain Square is being rehabbed and integrated into the cultural trail and cycle-track, which makes for a bit of construction mess, but you can tell that it is shaping up really well. This new public space is going to be a great rallying point for future events like FSGP.
Thanks to everyone who planned, raced, sponsored, or worked at the FSGP or Cataracts. It was an enormous but greatly appreciated effort.