Marian Cycling 2018 Annual Report

Formerly known as the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex, the Indy Cycloplex came under the management of Marian University in a partnership with the City of Indianapolis starting in April 2011. With support from the City, Marian University is leading the effort for a new era for this historic city park and has taken critical steps to transform this multi-use facility into a premier cycling destination and community resource for residents and visitors in the central Indiana community. The Cycloplex includes the Major Taylor Velodrome (MTV), one of only a handful of professional quality velodromes in the U.S., a newly-rehabilitated BMX track, mountain bike trails, and a cyclocross course, all with regular events and programming. Located adjacent to the main campus of Marian University, the park provides training facilities for the MU Cycling team and has become a hub for local, regional, and national-caliber cycling competitions and events, as well as a venue for recreational cycling and for community events. 

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, mountain bike 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 43 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.