Marian Cycling 2018 Annual Report

The Indy Cycloplex is a unique property: a collection of first-class facilities in multiple cycling disciplines. The Cycloplex is a 42-acre Indianapolis city park that includes the historic Major Taylor Velodrome, a BMX track, a dynamic cyclocross course, MTB trails, and plenty of public green space and cycling connectivity.

Through a 30-year agreement with the City of Indianapolis that began in April 2011, Marian University manages and operates the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex property, now known as the Indy Cycloplex, home of the Major Taylor Velodrome. The Major Taylor Velodrome has been the home of the Marian University Cycling Team since 1992, and the Knights are consistently one of the top collegiate cycling programs in the country, owning 42 USA Cycling collegiate national team championships in four disciplines and many individual national titles.

The Indy Cycloplex is positioned to be a destination for regular regional and national caliber cycling competitions and events. Locally, the Cycloplex acts as a hub for recreational cycling. It is easily accessible by bike to Downtown Indianapolis via off-street bike paths or on-street bike lanes. The Cycloplex’s size and facilities also make it the home of many community events each year.

Lake Sullivan Sports Complex is part of the Riverside Regional Park and home to unique recreational opportunities. The Cycloplex is a wheel-oriented athletic facility, greenspace, and public venue.

The Vision


  1. A Hub of Alternative Wheeled Sports
    The Lake Sullivan Sports Complex is unique, offering alternative wheel oriented (track cycling, BMX cycling, skateboarding) athletic opportunities. Connected to downtown via the greenway, White River Wapahani Trail and to the north via the Central Canal Towpath, the Complex could be a hub of alternative wheel activity.For track cycling enthusiasts and cycling competitors, the Complex will provide a place to race and ride the track from spring to fall in a variety of programs for riders of all levels. With the completion of the interior road system to create a criterium road course, road and cyclocross cyclists can engage in practice races and clinics on an interior paved ¾ mile loop throughout the spring and summer.

  2. A Center for Year-Round Fitness Activities
    Year round fitness programs and camps for youths, teens, and adults will become the foundation of activities within track, road, and BMX cycling programs (all Olympic disciplines) for all levels of riders. The complex also allows the Indianapolis community to come to walk, run, or ride on an external perimeter loop of approximately two miles. Combined with the Marian University EcoLab, a walking/hiking trail of almost five miles will be available.

  3. An Alternative Transportation Hub
    The complex can be used to support a Park and Ride program. A cycling commuter has the option to park at the Complex and bike downtown, or to ride from as far north as Carmel to downtown Indianapolis stopping at the Velodrome for water or bathroom facilities. After-work spin classes and POWER BOOSTER classes will be offered at the nearby Marian University Cycling Center.

  4. A Center for Sustainable Living
    The complex can be used to provide unique alternative physical education field trip fitness experiences coupled with high quality environmental education programming at the Marian University EcoLab to promote fitness education, environmental education, and overall green living. Summer camps designed to encourage healthy living also will be offered for urban K-12 students.

  5. A Neighborhood Community Center
    The complex can also host concerts, movies, corporate retreats, and special events, charity walk/run events, festivals, etc. Rugby, soccer, and other teams can continue to use the complex. Drum Corps International will use it for a practice field. The parking lot will continue to be used for satellite parking for Penrod, the Indiana State Fair, the Indianapolis 500, and other community events.


Marian Cycling 2016-17 Year in Review