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IU’s Little 500  -

April 15th, 2011


For most college students a week of non-stop boozing, baking and boinking would end with a handful of Bayer, an icepack on the crotch and a Gatorade.

However, if you attend Indiana University it is merely the warm-up for the Little 500, a white-knuckled, knee-knocking, single gear bike race that makes all other intramural contests look like old ladies quilting.

Thirty-three teams made up of undergrads race 200 laps at breakneck speed around a quarter mile cinder track. Exciting? You bet your extra-gelled bicycle seat with shock absorbers. Not for passive peddlers, bones can be broken and blood is often shed. It's fast, furious and thankfully, by the grace of God, has absolutely nothing to do with Vin Diesel.

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Has been raised in scholarship money for working students over the six decades that the Little 500 has been run by the IU student foundation.

Scholarships at a university? Ridiculous! That money could go towards something far more important, like paying for better basketball players.



I've attended Super Bowls, World Series and the Monaco Grand Prix, but the coolest event I ever attended was the Little 500.

Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner

What a braggart! Lance used to date Sheryl Crow, so you know dude has seen some crazy sh*t.


noun.     1. originally a pejorative term used to describe the student townies whose fathers cut limestone in the quarries.     2. a dominant cycling team named after the victorious protagonists in the 1979 Academy Award-winning film Breaking Away.

Used in a sentence: The Cutters have won the past four Little 500s in a row.



The first Little 500 was held in 1951. The race was founded by Howdy Wilcox Jr., who got the idea from the Indianapolis 500 in which his father actually raced.


The List

Some Rules

Must be a full-time IU undergrad with at least a 2.0 GPA.
All teams must ride the officially sanctioned single speed, coaster brake racing bike.
Done in relay style, there must be at least ten "exchanges" between team riders during the race.
Must be an amateur cyclist.
Drafting behind another rider leads to a disqualification.

The men's race will be held this Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 PM. The race will be televised live on HDNet, which was launched by an IU alum, Mark Cuban.

Don't feel like sitting on the couch and want to see the race in person? Be sure to pack a suitcase.

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