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.

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. (If you have never participated in a group ride, you must complete two beginner rides before joining intermediate or long rides.) Alumni, coaches, and veteran riders are not permitted on Friday group rides.

Date: August 25, September 1, September 15, September 22, September 29, October 13, October 27, November 10

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 10, September 24, October 29

Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Thursday Night Race Series

The Thursday 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 or the number of points they have accumulated in past race series. The IU Student Foundation will track the progress of all riders and award points based on performance, enabling riders to move up in category as the series progresses.

Date: October 5 (Veterans), October 26 (Rookies), November 3 (all riders)

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

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Fall Cycling Series

  • Individual Time Trials

    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 20

    Time: 6:00 pm

    Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

  • Street Sprints

    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 21

    Time: 1:00 - 6:00 pm

    Location: Kirkwood between Indiana and Lincoln

    Strava Course Route

  • Cyclocross

    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 22

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

    Location: Tailgate fields

    Strava Course Route

    Fall 2016 Results

Fall Rookie Requirements

  • 3 Friday Group Rides
  • 3 of 4 Skills Clinics
  • 3 of 5 Fall Cycling events (including both Thursday Night Race Series and Fall Cycling Series events)
  • 1 of 2 Rookie Information Seminars (November 7 and 8)
  • Pass Rookie Exam with score of at least an 85%

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 24

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Spring Cycling Series

  • Individual Time Trials

    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 28

    Time: 4:00 pm

    Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

  • Miss N Out

    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 31

    Time: 12:00 pm

    Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

  • Team Pursuit

    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 fourth 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 8

    Time: 1:00 pm

    Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium

Spring Rookie Requirements

  • Must attend Rookie Week 100% of your available time (available time being defined as any time you are not in class or at work)
    • Rookie Week will be held from February 12-23, weather permitting
  • Must submit your spring class and work schedule during team registration
  • 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.
  • Participate in a minimum of two Spring Cycling Events
  • Pass the Rookie Exam with 85% or more correct answers

Veteran Rider Requirements

  • Must meet a minimum of 17.5 hours at the track between Rookie Week and the race
  • 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.