Indy Crit returns weekend of Aug. 27

All Jennifer Cvar was looking for was a way to get some exercise.

About 15 years ago, she joined a spin class at an Indianapolis YMCA, thinking it was a 30-minute long class. It lasted an hour.

“I thought I was gonna die,” she said.

Despite the pain and exhaustion, Cvar enjoyed herself, so she went back to class and soon became a regular. As she got to know the others who often showed up, she learned many of them rode bikes outside as well. So she took that up, too.

It was the beginning of a long career in cycling for Cvar, one that led her to racing competitively and eventually creating the Indy Crit, an annual bike race in downtown Indianapolis that has gone from just a race to a weekend-long festival. The 2022 edition of the Crit will begin Aug. 27.