Then again, I’ve never ridden my bike with Indianapolis’ Mayor before either. But that’s exactly what I, and a throng of fellow cyclists, did during the second-annual Bike to the Ballpark event. Starting at Sun King, we hopped on our saddles and followed a patrol car with lights and siren blaring, four bike cops and Mayor Ballard as we traversed the streets of downtown uninterrupted by red lights, stop signs or any other obstruction.
We wound our way around the circle and down Market Street towards the state capital, headed towards the brilliantly blue glass façade of the JW Marriott and finally rounded the corner of West Street and Maryland where INDYCOG was graciously waiting to check or bikes for safe keeping during the game.
Cyclists of all sorts joined in on the fun, including young and old, newbies and seasoned riders. The bikes ranged from road and mountain bikes to less traditional rides such as Sun King’s tricycles, track bikes and cruisers.
Once inside the stadium, the next phase of the night began as the Indianapolis Indians kicked off their home season against Toledo Mud Hens. Sun King’s latest addition to its arsenal of beers, Indians Lager, was sold to fans for the first time, marking the start of being the official craft beer of the Indians. A well-balanced, malty lager that most-definitely finishes with a hop punch, it will go perfect with any of the ballpark fare.
To cap off the night, the Indians pulled off a spectacular walk-off win in front of a home-opener record crowd of 14,073 thanks to designated hitter Nick Evans. The night concluded with a signature Victory Field fireworks show.
To all the cyclists that joined Sun King on the ride, thanks for being part of the event and we look forward to seeing you soon at another upcoming Sun King event.