Walk Bike Nashville's 19th Annual Tour de Nash,
presented by LDA Engineering is
Saturday, May 20th!
Walk Bike Nashville's 19th annual Tour de Nash is Nashville's largest urban bike ride. Take on the City Tour (9-mi), Local Tour (25-mi), or Grand Tour (45-mi) to suit your riding style. Bring your kids to ride in the Kid's Tour (1-mi). Your paid registration includes a t-shirt and route support.
9, 25, and 45-mile ride options suitable for bicyclists of all skill levels
Scenic routes highlighting Nashville's neighborhoods, bikeways, and greenways.
Rest stops featuring refreshments, bathroom facilities, and basic bicycle maintenance equipment available.
Every paid rider receives a t-shirt, ride number, and rider packet
This year we are kicking off the mass start at Watkins Park!
- Walk Bike Nashville members get discounted Tour de Nash Tickets. Discount codes will be emailed to members.
What's Different for 2023?
- We are returning to a mass start! Everyone will begin the ride from Watkins Park.
- There will be security along the route at major intersections.
- The City Tour (9-mile) route is fully protected thanks to the temporary installation of bike lanes and delineators by Nashville Department of Transportation!
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): RidewithGPS, Google Maps, Strava
- Grand Tour (45-mile): RidewithGPS, Google Maps, Strava
- Kid’s Tour (1-mile): RidewithGPS, Strava
- ** Note: Routes are subject to change at any time before May 20th, 2023. Please check the route the morning of the Tour de Nash for the latest version.
- We could not do the Tour de Nash without our incredible volunteers!
- All volunteers and route marking team members get a free registration to ride in the Tour de Nash.
- Register to volunteer here!
Tour Trainers: Thanks to The Domestiques Cycling Club, we are offering Tour Trainers rides again this year. These rides are designed to help you build up your distance and comfortability in order to ride in the Local Tour (25-mile) or Grand Tour (45-mile) ride. Rides begin April 10th and will happen weekly leading up to the Tour de Nash. Once you register, a Domestiques Cycling Club member will contact you the Friday before the ride to give you ride start location and time information.
Kid's Tour (1-mile ride)
Once again, we are offering a Kid's Tour, in addition to our other three routes at the Tour de Nash. The Kid's Tour is designed for brand new cyclists, especially students from our Safe Routes to School Focus Schools who recently learned to ride a bike! This short ride is a great option for kids to practice their new cycling skills they'll have the option to complete the route up to 3 times. Registration includes a t-shirt, a protected route, and snacks after the ride. All registered kids must be accompanied by an adult. (If you have kids who are comfortable on their bikes, consider the family-friendly 9-mile City Tour!)
For special ADA accommodations requests and concerns, please contact Aaron Wimsatt at [email protected] or call the office at (615) 200-7363.
You can also check out our 2023 Tour de Nash Rider Guide to answer any questions you may have as a Tour de Nash rider!
Where do I register for Walk Bike Nashville's Tour de Nash?
What if I don't see the ticket option I am looking for (For example, I don't see the Group Ticket Option)?
When you click on the registration link and see the ticket options, scroll down to view all ticket types.
Where does the ride start and end?
All routes will start at Watkins Park. You can check out the rest stops below:
There will be four rest stops along the route:
- Edgehill Library hosted by AAA
- Bringles hosted by our Walk Bike Nashville Board members
- Shelby Park hosted by Friends of Shelby
- East Park
- Rest stops will be along the route every 10-15 miles.
- Rest stops will provide basic bicycle maintenance.
- Each rest stop will have a tent with refreshments, snacks, volunteers to help answer questions, bathroom facilities, and hand sanitizer.
When does the ride start?
There are 15-minute start windows from 7:30am-8:30am based on which route you are riding.
If I drive, where should I park the morning of the Tour de Nash?
- Free parking is available in the Capitol View Parking Garage at 500 11th Ave N. Please note that Tour de Nash parking is limited to the 2nd floor and above (no parking on the first floor). From there, we recommend walking your bike up the sidewalk along 11th Ave. to cross Lifeway Plaza/Jo Johnston Ave. Then you’ll have a straight ride down Lifeway Plaza/Jo Johnston Ave to Watkins Park (approximately 4 min. ride). A protected bike lane will be provided to the park by NDOT.
- For ADA parking, contact Aaron Wimsatt.
How can I train for the Tour de Nash?
Thanks to The Domestiques Cycling Club, we are offering Tour Trainers rides again this year. These rides are designed to help you build up your distance and comfortability in order to ride in the Local Tour (25-mile) or Grand Tour (45-mile) ride.
You can register for Tour Trainer rides here. Rides begin April 10th and will happen weekly leading up to the Tour de Nash. Once you register, a Domestiques Cycling Club member will contact you the Friday before the ride to give you ride start location and time information.
Where will I pick up my ride packet?
We'll have multiple times for you to pick up your Tour de Nash packet the week before the Tour.
Wednesday, May 17th:
- 9am-7pm @ Walk Bike Nashville office (1 S 7th St, Nashville, TN 37206)
Thursday, May 18th:
- 9am-7pm @ Walk Bike Nashville office
Friday, May 19th:
- 9am-7pm @ Walk Bike Nashville office
You may pick up packets for friends and family. If you are picking up packets for additional riders, please be ready to tell us: their name, t-shirt size, and which route they are riding.
For pick-up at the Walk Bike Nashville office: When you arrive, enter the alley behind The Turnip Truck from S 7th Street. If you are in a car, please stay in your car -- pickup will be a drive-through so you won’t need to park.
Will there be route security?
There will be route security this year! You must follow all rules of the road and behave as a vehicle in accordance with the law. You can watch this video to refresh yourself on some Bicycling Basics. Also, be sure to check our Events Calendar for upcoming bicycle classes before the Tour or join the Tour Trainers for some training rides before the TDN!
Are the roads closed to cars?
No, the Tour de Nash routes will not close the roads to cars. While we try to create routes that are on greenways and low-stress biking roads, expect to see cars along your ride.
What is included with my ticket?
We will provide a marked route, signage, and cue sheet to help you navigate the route on the event day. You will also receive a rider packet that includes your ride number, t-shirt, and sponsorship materials. Lastly, there will still be rest stops along the way with food, water, and a bike mechanic if you need one.
Will there be water?
Water refills will be provided at all rest stops, but come with at least two bottles for yourself.
Will there be restrooms at the rest stops?
Portable/domestic restrooms will be available at MOST rest stops.
How do I navigate the route?
Markings for the route will be on the ground, but we also recommend using a cue sheet or downloading the GPS file from our website.
We will use these markings on the road to help you navigate the route:
What if I need financial assistance in purchasing a ticket?
We want the Tour de Nash to be accessible for everyone! We have a free City Tour (9-mile) ride in which you can register. All additional merchandise will not be available with this option. You can also register to volunteer at the Tour de Nash to ride any route for free.
What if I'm coming from out-of-town and I can't make your packet pick-up times?
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. However, if there is no way for you to get your packet or have a friend pick it up, please contact Aaron Wimsatt at [email protected] and we will help you work something out.
Are e-bikes allowed on the Tour de Nash?
Yes! We welcome all types of bikes, including, but not limited to: e-bikes, cargo bikes, recumbent bikes, hand cycles, tandems, road bikes, mountain bikes, and kids bikes.
How do I order a 2023 Tour de Nash jersey?
You can order from the online store here. Jersey sales are open!
Want some Walk Bike Nashville gear for the Tour de Nash?
What if it rains?
Unless there is a threat of severe weather, Tour de Nash is a rain-or-shine event. We’ll be having fun in the sun or riding through some puddles!
Other general questions about the Tour de Nash?
Email our Special Events and Sponsor Relations Manager, Aaron Wimsatt at [email protected]
We are so grateful for our sponsors who make our events possible. Sponsors get special benefits and recognition at the Tour de Nash! If you are interested in becoming a 2023 Walk Bike Nashville sponsor, please check out our Sponsorship page for additional details! The sponsorship window closes April 1st.
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