We are so glad you are joining us for Walk Bike Nashville’s 18th Annual Tour de Nash, presented by LDA Engineering! Here is your go-to document that covers everything you will need to know as a rider.
Get your bike ready to ride!
Because this year’s Tour de Nash is the dispersed start format, we want to make sure your bike is in top riding condition. See below for a few resources to check your bike.
How to get your bike ready to ride
If you find that your two wheels will need a little more love, Nashville’s local bike shops would be more than willing to help get you back on the road! Be sure to make an appointment with them soon, as they are quite busy during this season and most have waiting lists. Here is a list of some of Nashville’s bike shops:
When and Where?
Wednesday, May 18th:
- 10am-2pm @ Walk Bike Nashville office (1 S 7th St, Nashville, TN 37206)
- 5pm-7pm @ Watkins Park (616 17th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203)
Thursday, May 19th:
- 10am-2pm @ Walk Bike Nashville office
- 5pm-7pm @ Watkins Park
Friday, May 20th:
- 10am-2pm @ Walk Bike Nashville office
Additional Details: Please wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.
- Pickup at the Walk Bike Nashville office: When you arrive, enter the alley behind The Turnip Truck from S 7th Street. A Walk Bike Nashville staff or volunteer will approach you and give you your packet materials. If you are in a car, please stay in your car -- pickup will be a drive through so you won’t need to park.
- Pickup at Watkins Park: Park anywhere within the Watkins Park Community Center parking lot, and walk up to the Walk Bike Nashville tent to get your packet.
- Lastly, you’ll have an opportunity to win a free bike from R.B. Cyclery donated by AAA of Tennessee! Enter to win via the QR code provided when you arrive to pick up your packet.
What if I can’t pick up my packet at packet pick-up?
- We ask that if you have a friend also riding in the TDN or know someone that lives in town, then please have them pick up your packet for you. Be sure that they have your name, t-shirt size, starting location and that they know which ride you are doing (9-, 25-, or 45-mile ride).
- However, if there is no way for you to get your packet or have a friend pick it up, you can complete this form and we will work to get you your TDN rider packet at your start location on the day of the Tour de Nash.
Day of the Tour de Nash: What to Expect
What to bring for the ride:
- Water bottles with water
- Ride number
- Face mask
Method to navigate the route (cue sheet, downloaded Ride with GPS, Strava or Google Maps)
- Because there won’t be a big group of riders this year, we strongly recommend every rider use a GPS app to help them follow the route. Use this website to help familiarize yourself with Ride with GPS.
- Other helpful items to have with you as you ride
Ride Start information:
- All riders are required to wear a helmet while riding
- Riders are encouraged to wear a mask at start locations, rest stops, and in the rider support vehicle when social distancing is not possible.
Parking at each starting location:
- Frankie Pierce Park: Free parking at 500 11th Ave N parking garage, PLEASE DO NOT park in the Publix Parking lot
- Hadley Park (from Alameda St): Free parking at Schrader Lane Church of Christ’s EAST parking lot (parking lot closest to Ed Temple Blvd)
- Shelby Park (near baseball fields): Park within Shelby Park
- For ADA parking, please visit our Tour de Nash webpage to see details
- Look for the Walk Bike Nashville flags, tents, and Tour de Nash rest stop signs to indicate each starting location/rest stop.
- Once you arrive at your start location, you may begin riding the Tour de Nash.
- Volunteers will be at each starting location to help answer questions.
Route Maps/ Navigation
- Markers spray-painted pink on the roadway will indicate turn by turn directions. There will be three markings indicating an upcoming turn, then a confirmation marking after you turn to indicate you’ve made the correct turn. If you come to an intersection and there is no marking, you are to ride straight ahead through the intersection. The road markings look like this:
- On the greenways, you will have directional signs, instead of road markings. The directional signs look like this:
- We strongly recommend you use a GPS app, in addition to the markings on the road, to follow along the route.
You can view each route on Ride with GPS, Strava or Google Maps below:
- City Tour (9 mile): RidewithGPS, Google Maps, Strava
- Local Tour (25 mile): RidewGPS, Google Maps, Strava
- Grand Tour (45 mile): RidewithGPS, Google Maps, Strava
- We try to mark hazards in the roadway/bike lane (pot holes, debris, roadway obstructions) with spray chalk; however, there may be things we miss while marking. Please use caution and watch out for debris, potholes and roadway/bike lane obstructions on the route.
Ride Buddy Program, new this year!
- If you are concerned about riding alone at this year’s Tour de Nash, we have a Rider Buddy program. You can complete this form, and we will pair you with a riding partner (or a group) to ride with during the Tour de Nash.
What to expect along the route
- There will be no route security, so you will be riding on open roads with other vehicles.
- Please obey all traffic laws. Watch this video to learn how to safely bike on city streets.
There will be four total rest stops along the route:
- Frankie Pierce Park
- Hadley Park (at 31st Ave N and Alameda St)
- Shelby Park (on Davidson St, by the baseball fields)
- Lipscomb University (for Grand Tour, 45-mile ride, only)
- Each rest stop will have a tent with water, snacks, volunteers to help answer questions, portalet, and hand sanitizer. Please wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.
- Markers spray painted pink on the roadway will indicate turn by turn directions.
- Please be cautious of road hazards. You may encounter gravel, XFinity/Google fiber ruts in the road, potholes and other hazards along the way. Please take caution when biking.
- Please stay hydrated! It will be hot on the day of the Tour de Nash, so be mindful of the water you are drinking and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the ride (not just at rest stops!).
- We will provide a rider support vehicle, if needed for emergencies. Call (615) 200-7363 to reach the SAG van during the ride.
- Ride support ends at 2:00pm. Be sure you plan accordingly, as all rest stops and ride support will end at 2:00pm sharp.
Celebration Center at Frankie Pierce Park
We will have Food Trucks and a beer garden to enjoy from 10am-1:00pm. All paid registrations include $2 off any food truck item at the Celebration Center! Food trucks include Laovin It, Spread ‘Em, Tasty and Delicious Burger, and Mojo Cookie Dough and Creamery. We will also have a beer garden, with beer provided by East Nashville Beer Works (don't forget your ID if you want to partake! Also, the beer garden is CARD only - we will not be accepting cash at the bar). Join us for fun, delicious food, and to support local businesses after your Tour de Nash ride!
Also, if you become a Walk Bike Nashville member at the Tour de Nash, you will get a free meal from a food truck of your choice.
The Celebration Center is open to anyone, participants and non-participants, so let friends and family know to stop by for some food and beer!
Order your 2022 Tour de Nash Jersey
If you missed your chance to get a 2022 Tour de Nash jersey this spring, have no fear. We have re-opened the order window! You can order online here, and we'll also have a QR code to order at packet pick-up and each start location/rest stop.
Lastly, thank you to our sponsors!
This event could not be possible without your support.
See you this Saturday, May 21st!
Jess Rinne, and the Walk Bike Nashville Team
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