Cycling Craze August 02 2017, 0 Comments

Rollfast Partners with Carmel Clay Parks & Rec for 13th annual Tour de Carmel

Writer  /  Pat Carlini


Four Day Ray recently hosted a beer tapping party to celebrate their partnership with Rollfast – a cycling club that promotes wellness and health in our local community.

The “Tap the Possibilities” event tapped a new beer — the “Rollfast Glowing Blonde”, a strawberry rhubarb with a hint of jalapeno beer —specifically created for the event by FDR’s Brewer Mitch Ackerman.

FDR donated 50 cents to Rollfast for each pint sold at the tapping party, and the first 250 customers received a limited edition Rollfast Fondo pint glass.

“It was a great night and great support for Rollfast,” says Rollfast owner Matt Tanner.

Rollfast promotes cycling events all over Indiana to create opportunities for people to ride, no matter what experience level.

“Growing awareness and creating healthy outlets in communities helps us fund children that need assistance getting into cycling,” says Matt, who started the non-profit in 2015 to create grants and scholarships for youth in the area who want to pursue their cycling dreams. “It’s a circular funnel where we do what we love, people ride more, and we help the next generation of bicyclists.”

Rollfast paid for 15 entries to ride in the Grand Fondo (Italian big ride) — the organization’s largest fundraiser and community event held in September.

This year, Rollfast has more exciting news as they have partnered with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) to present the 13th annual Tour de Carmel scheduled for September 17. This year’s event will serve as a transition year as Tour de Carmel migrates from a CCPR event to Rollfast Gran Fondo in 2018.

“We want Carmel to be a nationally known bike town and evolving this classic event will get the national attention it deserves,” Matt says. “The Fondo is now ranked 8th in the nation and attracts riders from around the world.”

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s registration for the 2017 five- mile ride will go to the Carmel Parks Foundation. Matt says he is looking forward to this year’s Grand Fond, and he is proud of how far Rollfast has come.

“Our vision has always been to transform greater Indianapolis into a first-of-mind bike city, he says. “It will take generations but it’s happening today.”

For more information visit or contact Rollfast founder Matt Tanner at

Rollfast Partners with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation for 2017 Tour de Carmel May 02 2017, 0 Comments

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Rollfast Partners with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation for 2017 Tour de Carmel

(May 1, 2017 - Carmel, Ind.) – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) and Rollfast have entered into an agreement to collaboratively present the 13th annual Tour de Carmel, scheduled for September 17, 2017. This year’s event will serve as a transition year as Tour de Carmel migrates from a CCPR event to Rollfast Gran Fondo in 2018.

This year’s ride will be approximately 5 miles long (an addition to Rollfast’s offering 25/65/100-mile ride offerings) utilizing multi-use paths, trails and sidewalks. The bike ride will start at 10 a.m. and finishes at the Rollfast Gran Fondo festival where riders may purchase food and beverages as well as take part in the Recovery Tent and enjoy live music.

“We want Carmel to be a nationally known bike town and evolving this classic event will get the national recognition it deserves,” said Matt Tanner, Rollfast owner. “It’s always been in the back of my mind that the Tour de Carmel’s next progression would be utilizing our small route at the Fondo. Now it is a reality as the Fondo is ranked 8th in the nation, attracting riders from around the World.”

Rollfast will be working alongside CCPR concerning funding, advertising and event-planning, providing each other with resources to ensure a successful transition. Rollfast, soon to become the main contact for the Tour de Carmel, will be donating $1 of each registration for the 2017 five mile ride to the Carmel Parks Foundation.

For more information on the event or sponsorship, visit or contact Rollfast founders Matt and Chris Tanner at 317-281-8479 or

About Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) holds the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for parks serving populations of 75,001 to 150,000. As an accredited agency, the department serves the recreation, fitness, and nature needs of the community, manages and develops existing spaces and resources and creates a sustainable future for parks and recreation programs through a financially viable and environmentally conscious parks system. CCPR manages and maintains more than 500 park acres and numerous recreation facilities, including the Monon Community Center and The Waterpark. In addition, CCPR has partnered with Carmel Clay Schools to establish Extended School Enrichment (ESE), a before and after-school care program for K-6 students located at all eleven Carmel elementary schools. The Summer Camp Series is a component of ESE that offers 12 different summer camps accommodating children ages 5-15. For more information, visit


It's all about bikes. (Active Life article, Aug 2016) January 26 2017, 0 Comments

It’s all about bikes. And Matt Tanner knows a thing or two about 'em...

ActiveLIFE Magazine August 2016
Ariticle By Matthew Hume

Photos By Eduardo Pena

Spend just 20 minutes with Rollfast CEO Matt Tanner, and you'll understand me when I say that the sport of cycling absolutely consumes the man. Not that that's a bad thing, especially when you're running a nonprofit dedicated to promoting better health through cycling, and providing training opportunities for young, promising Indiana cyclists. When I met with Matt a few weeks ago at a local cafe, it wasn't hard to spot him, decked out in his Rollfast cycling kit, geared up to head out on an hour-or-so-long ride on the Monon Trail. (I'd found him on a “rest” day.) “My coach, Tom Danielson, sends me a week-long training plan, which we adjust as goals are met or not met,” Matt explains in answer to my question about his training regimen. “Yesterday, I did a two-hour ride with some pretty intense intervals, called VO2 max—so it's like giving maximum effort for four minutes, then resting—it was a 40- mile ride, a typical day.” Matt's training right now for the Indiana State Time Trial, coming up in mid-August. After that, he says, his time will be devoted almost exclusively to the Rollfast Gran Fondo, the organization's most high-profile fundraiser and community building event of the year. I found it a little hard at first to get a man so completely devoted to the sport of cycling to talk about his past life as a web designer. But a little perseverance paid off. “I studied computer graphics at Purdue, and when I graduated I was on the very front-edge of Internet web development,” Matt says. He worked for about 15 years, doing web design and development, and for the first several years, Matt took pride in being one of the few people who understood both the graphic design and coding aspects of building web sites. “It was really cool to be doing something no one else was doing, and for a couple of big clients.” But as time marched on, and coding became more and more accessible to anyone with the interest and some basic aptitude for it, the thrill of being on that cutting-edge wore off. “By the time I met my wife, Chris, the romance with web design was over, so to speak.” And so Chris floated an idea by him: Why not quit and put his mind to use doing something he was passionate about? In 2012, as crazy as Matt thought the idea was at first, he finally decided to take that leap, leaving behind his web development career and opening the door to a rich, new life—one that would promote cycling and ultimately give back to the community around him.

Enter the Gran Fondo

As it turns out, you can take the designer out of the office, but you can't stop the creative process. “I started doing design stuff for myself, just playing around and making these cycling designs—and I didn't really know what to do with them,” Matt says. With a little encouragement from Chris, Matt started planting his designs on T-shirts and opened a store dedicated to cycling inspired shirts. “We adopted the name 'Rollfast' from a vintage line of bicycles no longer in production,” he says. “I liked the name—everybody wants to go fast, from the time you're a little kid on your tiny bike. So we took the name, put it on the shirts, and that was Rollfast for the first six months.” Soon thereafter, a cycling club came under the Rollfast brand. “There was a group of about 20 guys I rode with all looking to join a new team. But as competitive as these guys and I were, I wanted to be 'bike focused' instead of 'race focused.' So we formed Rollfast Cycling Club, and we welcomed people that were passionate about riding, no matter their skill or speed,” Matt says. It didn't take long before Matt started to envision what Rollfast—the store and now the club—could do to bring a more present awareness of cycling to the people of central Indiana. “Chris and I took some cycling trips in France and Spain, and we saw people that were really passionate about riding bikes and wanted to bring that atmosphere back with us,” Matt says. “In some states, they were already capturing the tone with Gran Fondos, but it wasn't in Indiana yet. We decided to be the first.” (“Gran Fondo,” in case you're curious, translates loosely from Italian to mean “Big Ride.”) The inaugural Rollfast Gran Fondo in September 2013 presented the first mass start, timed, noncompetitive cycling event in the state. Since then, Rollfast has brought world-class professional riders—stage winners and top- 10 finishers in the Tour de France—to ride right alongside Gran Fondo participants. “If you're a competitive cyclist like me, we have the 100-mile timed ride,” Matt says. (Last year, that competitive bunch completed the century in just 03:52:48.) But there's also the 25-mile “Piccolo” route for those who simply want to embrace the party atmosphere of a well-choreographed mass cycling event. “Community building is what it's all about,” Matt says. “Before the race, Square Donuts shows up early in the morning with donuts for everyone, and Hubbard and Cravens provides the coffee. On the 25-mile route, we have rest stops with fried chicken, fruit, watermelon, hydration, bananas. I tell people you can stop twice on the 25-mile route and have two picnics, and you won't run out of food. When it's all over, we drink beer and wine and listen to live music. It's not about how fast you go or what place you come in—it's about pushing yourself and having a good time while doing it.”

Fostering a Legacy

In December 2015, Rollfast took yet another step towards creating a cycling legacy here in Indiana. “There's a terrible opportunity gap for many young cyclists to make the transition from a recreational rider to a competitive cyclist,” Matt says. He points to myriad difficulties for would-be pro cyclists. For one, there are only 23 high school cycling clubs— none in Indiana—registered with USA Cycling in the U.S. And for those lucky enough to live near one, there's the cost of equipment to consider. Matt knew it was time to carry the Rollfast mission to a higher level. “Last year, Rollfast filed to become a non-profit with the goal of creating grants and scholarships for youth in the area to pursue their cycling dreams,” Matt says. “For instance, earlier this year, we connected a junior cyclist in Zionsville to Tom Danielson.” Pro cyclist Tom Danielson, whose name you might recognize as Matt's coach, has competed in the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Tour of California— and he won the Tour of Utah in 2013 and 2014. He worked with the Zionsville youth at a camp Danielson runs, Cinch Cycling Camp, and was so impressed with his cycling that he coached him for another four weeks after camp was over. The young cyclist will compete at the junior level in 2016 and aspires toward a pro contract. Matt also tells me that Rollfast granted their first scholarship to a local cyclist this summer so that he could race in Canada at the Tour de L'Abitibi, the only North American stop on the UCI Juniors National Cup circuit. The goal for Rollfast in this first year of their non-profit status is to provide four scholarships—and Matt emphasizes the role community support must play in achieving this goal. “We need donors to help fund these scholarships,” Matt says, “and we need help spreading the word to kids that cycling is a sport in which they can participate.” What does the future hold for Rollfast? Matt doesn't know for sure. “We may now be a non-profit, but it's still all about the bikes,” he says. “I love that.” And although he can't predict where Rollfast will roll on to next, Matt knows it will revolve around bikes and youth. “Ten years from now, I see Rollfast in many different cities and giving out thousands of dollars to kids who just want to ride their bike.” It really is all about the bikes, after all.

Rollfast connects local youth with pro cyclist Tom Danielson and Cinch Cycling February 19 2016, 0 Comments

Rollfast connects local youth with pro cyclist Tom Danielson and Cinch Cycling

Rollfast Inc : February 19, 2016 8:37am

February 19, 2016 -- Rollfast has made an introduction of a lifetime to pro cyclist Tom Danielson (aka Tommy D) for local junior cyclist Spencer Miller.
Spencer Miller in Tucson before climbing Kitt Peak
Spencer Miller is a Zionsville Indiana youth that is hooked on cycling. He’s determined and his dream is to make it to the pro level. “I want to be a professional cyclist and race in Europe,” said Miller. In 2013 Miller was introduced to Rollfasts’ founder Matt Tanner at a social event. Tanner quickly saw the passion in this young kid and wanted to teach him all he could about the sport of cycling. Miller joined the Rollfast Cycling Club and was introduced to many other long time cyclists that could help mentor and nurture his skills. Miller went on to say, “I wasn’t very promising or fast on the bike, but Matt took me in. He gave me a jersey and team to ride for. He gave me a chance to ride with Rollfast where there was no pressure for results. Just a bunch of guys who love to ride and improve themselves. He didn’t bring me onto the team because I was a good rider, but he brought me onto the team to supply me with the tools to get better every day.” As Miller progressed over the years, he began winning races. “His power to weight is now incredible,” said Tanner. “He has a real gift for staying in a very strong group and bridging to breaks when needed. It was a real treat to see him do his first real climbing out in Arizona in January. He was like a duck to water and dropped us all.”

While in Tucson Arizona at the Cinch Cycling Camp, Tom Danielson saw the potential and asked him to stay for a few more weeks to train. "It's been a great experience so far working with Spencer,” said Tom Danielson. “I met him as he was a guest at the Cinch Cycling Camp with the Rollfast group. After a few rides I could see he had immense talent and watched him progress greatly throughout the week. I really enjoyed working one on one with Spencer and that inspired me to start a personalized coaching component to the Cinch Cycling business. In the four short weeks I have seen Spencer already increase his power greatly and last week he finished high up in the Valley of the Sun race. I believe Spencer has what it takes to make it to the World Tour and at Cinch Cycling we are motivated to help him get there."

About Rollfast Inc

Rollfast Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance wellness by promoting bicycling as a means to good mental and physical health through events that also create opportunities for the youth of Indiana. Our vision is to create a cycling legacy in Indiana. What started as a hobby creating cycling inspired t-shirts quickly lead to a cycling club and then one of the top rated cycling events in the United States. With this momentum, we have been able to accelerate the development of many young cyclists. No longer are there only scholarships for football, basketball and baseball. Rollfast is closing the mainstream sports gap by offering scholarships to youth age 15-18 to further their cycling dreams. For additional information please visit or email

About Cinch Cycling

Cinch Cycling is cycling camp and coaching program designed for cyclists of all levels and skills sets. Cinch Cycling takes the intimidation factor out of cycling breaks it down into its key components: fitness, nutrition, skills, recovery, equipment and community. Our mission is to combine our knowledge garnered from riding at cycling’s highest level with our passion for helping people create goals and equipping them with the tools for a lifetime of cycling success.  The techniques learned in the program have translated riders leaving with stronger fitness, weight loss; better bike handling, race results and a new found passion for cycling. For additional information please visit or contact

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2015 Rollfast Gran Fondo Recap December 09 2015, 0 Comments

September 13, 2015
Carmel Indiana USA

If you were able to attend the Fondo back in September you no doubt have some great memories. The morning started out chilly, but turned into a beautiful sunny Indiana day. Perfect conditions were only enhanced by great roads, fully stocked rest areas, incredible volunteers, live music and freely flowing beer!

We had an elite group of 25 riders finish the 100 mile ride in under 4 hours. This is the fastest 100 mile open road ride in the country! Congratulations to those athletes that completed this challenge.

For those that took in the sites, the pace was relaxed and pleasurable.

Joining the ride in 2015 was former Pro Cyclist Bob "BOBKE" Roll. You may recognize Bobke from his many years of doing television commentary during the Tour de France with Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwen and Christian Vande Velde. Bob rode professionally on the first US based cycling team in the Tour de France, 7 Eleven.  


Route Features

  • Professionally designed and marked routes
  • Police controlled start/finish
  • Motorcycle escort
  • Tom Wood Ford support trucks
  • Chip timing with live results
  • Rest stops with lunch provided
Festival Highlights

Photo Gallery
A photo gallery has been created on the Rollfast SmugMug account. If you have photos you would like to share, just email us and we'd be happy to upload them!


About the Rollfast Gran Fondo
Our vision is building a happier and healthier world through cycling. Matt and Chris Tanner founded the Rollfast Gran Fondo with the objective of sharing their passion for riding bikes in arguably one of the prettiest landscapes in the Mid-West. The Rollfast Gran Fondo has three ride options to suit all skill levels and features a Start/Finish venue at the beautiful Carmel City Center. 

  • Founded in 2013, we are Indiana’s first and only Gran Fondo
  • Ranked 11th best Fondo in the United States (Gran Fondo Guide)
  • We are creating a cycling legacy in Carmel, Indiana
  • 16% of riders travel from out of state to participate
  • Recruited 3 of the most well known professional cyclists in the World to our event