Riders

Prepare for the Ride of a Lifetime

Riding in the Little 500 is a defining life experience where more than 25,000 people gather to witness you pedal your way into Hoosier history. Camaraderie, competition, and celebration await—but only if you’re up to the challenge.

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Once you’ve decided to enter the race:

Fall Cycling

Friday Group Rides

Connect with the Little 500 community and get familiar with Bloomington roads and scenery. The IUSF rents loaner bicycles on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you need a bicycle, please call 812-855-9152.

The Riders Council leads all rides. Each week, three rotating route options are available: a long ride of 30–45 miles, an intermediate ride of 15–25 miles, and a beginner ride of 5–15 miles. All Little 500 riders are welcome to attend Friday Group Rides.

Date: August 24, August 31, September 14, September 21, September 28, October 19, November 2

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Wilcox House

Fall Little 500 Skills Clinics

New to the Little 500? Attend the Fall Little 500 Skills Clinics to discover what the race is all about. You’ll learn all the basics of bike racing, from exchanges and pack riding to bumping drills and more. Loaner Little 500 bikes will be available at Bill Armstrong Stadium. All riders must bring their own helmet.

Date: September 23, September 29, October 14, October 21

Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Tuesday Night Race Series

The Tuesday Night Race Series consists of three track-based racing events—all using Little 500 bikes. Registration is $10 per night and open to all experience levels. Riders will be split into categories based on the year they completed Rookie Week. The IU Student Foundation will track the progress of all riders and award points based on performance. Each event the top three men's and women's riders will receive awards.

Date: October 2 (Veterans), October 9 (Rookies), October 23 (all riders)

Time: warm up 6:00 pm, racing 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Fall Cycling Series

In each heat, one rider will be placed at each of the four corners of the track. From a standing start, at the sound of the horn, each participant will make four complete laps. At the conclusion of the fourth lap, the timers will stop the clock. Riders will be sorted into groups based on their four-lap time.

Date: October 26

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Think of Street Sprints as drag racing on a Little 500 bike. Competition starts in the qualifying round. Riders will be slotted into preliminary heats of six riders and timed as they sprint 200 meters down Kirkwood Avenue. The top 16 men and top 16 women will advance to the championship round. Based on their qualifying time, riders will be slotted into the championship bracket and proceed to race one-on-one as they advance through the bracket to the finals.

Date: October 27

Time: 1:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: Kirkwood between Indiana and Lincoln

Strava Course Route

It’s a relay obstacle course on bikes! Riders pair into teams of two to complete alternating laps of a preset course. Teams exchange between each lap with the option to use the same bike or two different bikes. Various obstacles include straw bales, stairs, sand, and more. Women race 10 laps; men race 15 laps.

Date: October 28

Time: 2:00 pm (women); 3:30 pm (men)

Location: IU Tailgate fields

Strava Course Route

Fall Rookie Requirements

  • Complete 4 out of the 4 Little 500 Skills Clinics
  • Participate in Tuesday Night Race Series #2 and Tuesday Night Race Series #3
  • Attend 2 Friday Group Rides
  • Attend 1 of 2 Rookie Seminars
  • Particiapte in a minimum of 2 of 3 Fall Cycling Series Events
  • Pass the Rookie Exam with 85% or more correct answers
  • Must meet a minimum of 7.5 hours at track practice by Friday, March 23 to ride in Qualifications
  • Must meet a minimum of 17.5 hours at the track between Rookie Week and the race

Spring Cycling

Qualifications

Little 500 Qualifications is the official qualifying event of the Little 500 race. All registered and eligible Little 500 teams will draw attempt times at random prior to the day of the event. Teams will be given three total attempts from which their fastest four-lap qualifying time will be selected. A single attempt will consist of four consecutive laps, with each designated rider riding one lap. An attempt will be preceded by one warm-up fly lap. Upon crossing the start/finish line the official timing will begin. At the conclusion of each lap, the riders must exchange the bicycle with the next person within an exchange zone measuring 16 feet on either side of the start/finish line. The time will stop as the fourth rider crosses the finish line. The fastest 33 men's and women's teams will set the official starting grid for the Little 500.

Date: March 23

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Spring Cycling Series

In each heat, one rider will be placed at each of the four corners of the track. From a standing start, at the sound of the horn, each participant will make four complete laps. At the conclusion of the fourth lap, the timers will stop the clock. Riders will be sorted into groups based on their four-lap time.

Date: March 27

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

This race is run in heats of 6–12 riders. Once the competition begins, the last rider to have his or her front tire cross the start/finish line will be eliminated from competition. The final three riders of each first-round heat will advance to the next round. Every round thereafter, only two riders will advance until the semifinal heat, when three riders advance. The heats will continue in this fashion until a championship heat is reached. In the championship heat, the remaining three riders will complete one final lap, and the rider to have his or her front tire cross the start/finish line first will be declared the Miss N Out champion.

Date: March 30

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Two teams of four riders will each race simultaneously against one another. The bikes will be placed at opposite corners of the track, lying flat on the cinders. The race begins with both teams standing 20 feet from their bikes. At the sound of the horn, the teams sprint to their bikes and begin the 15-lap (men) or 12-lap (women) race. The two teams chase one another while ultimately competing against the clock. Each team continues to ride until the third rider of each team crosses his/her respective start/finish line. The two teams with the fastest times will compete in a final Team Pursuit championship heat at the end of the night.

Date: April 6

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Spring Rookie Requirements

  • Must meet a minimum of 17 hours at the track during Rookie Week
    • at least 8 hours must be logged during the first week of Rookie Week
    • at least 5 hours must be logged during the second week of Rookie Week
    • Rookie Week will be held from February 11-22
  • Participate in a minimum of 2 of 3 Spring Cycling Events
  • Pass the Rookie Exam with 85% or more correct answers
  • Must meet a minimum of 7.5 hours at track practice by Friday, March 23 to ride in Qualifications
  • Must meet a minimum of 17.5 hours at the track between Rookie Week and the race

Veteran Rider Requirements


  • Minimum number of hours logged at track practice by Friday, March 23 to ride in Qualifications: 7.5 hours.
  • Minimum number of hours logged at track practice by Thursday, April 19 to ride in the Little 500: 17.5 hours.
  • Riders failing to meet the requirements and minimums will be ineligible to participate with their teams in Qualifications and/or the Little 500.