Want to ride a bicycle on a Formula 1 track? You can, at COTA

Formula 1 drivers race around the track during Practice Session 1 at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in October 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Cyclists, take your mark.

The Tuesday night bike rides at Circuit of the Americas have returned, and starting March 13 you’ll be able to pedal your way around the 3.4-mile, 20-turn race track.

Intimidated? Don’t be. The Tuesday night events are rides, not races. (Beware that first steep hill, however!)

Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Night Powered by SRAM is open to all skill levels. Registration is $15 online in advance or $20 at the door. Season passes, available for purchase for $195 now through March 19, include 13 guaranteed rides with additional Tuesday nights free through July.

The track opens to cyclists on Tuesday nights starting March 13. Photo by Lindsey Baker Photography

 

To participate, register online here or on-site at the track, which hosts Formula 1, MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, and Lone Star Le Mans when cyclists aren’t spinning around its corners.

“Two of the primary values for us at Bicycle Sport Shop are our commitment to the community with our advocacy for cycling and supporting great opportunities for people to ride,” Bicycle Sport Shop owner Hill Abell said in a press release. “The Tuesday night bike events at COTA are a fantastic opportunity for cyclists of all skill levels to ride together at one of the most incredible facilities in the world, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

The series will run through July 3. The track opens for bicycling at 6 p.m. Parking in Lot A is free and will open each Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. Bike rentals will be available and employees from Bicycle Sport Shop will be onsite to provide mechanical support.


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