The Little 500
The Little 500 includes both a 200 lap men's and 100 lap women's race on a quarter mile cinder track. Entrants are given one-speed Schwinn bicycles which have to meet rigid specifications in order to be used. Teams are made up of as many as four riders. The riders treat the race much like a running relay; when one rider is tired, s/he exchanges the bicycle with a teammate.
The Little 500 is much more than a bike race. It is the biggest intramural event on campus and the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. Going into its 57th year, the Little 500 also boasts a tradition like few other college events. More than 20,000 people attend the men's and women's races every year, with the proceeds used for working student scholarships at Indiana University. The 2007 races will allow IUSF to give away over $35,000 in scholarships to working IU students.
Any Indiana University-Bloomington full-time undergraduate can ride in the Little 500. The majority of participants have never competed in a cycling race before the Little 500, making the Little 500 a true grassroots cycling event. Since 1951, more than 6,500 male and 1,000 female students have ridden in the race (the women's race started in 1988).
To learn more about the race or to order tickets, visit the Indiana University Student Foundations web site
Indiana University Student Foundation