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:

  • Read the 2019 Little 500 Manual. Note that there are manual updates highlighted in red throughout the manuel.
  • Make sure your coach completes the Little 500 Coaches Tutorial. All student and alumni coaches must complete this tutorial in order to receive their Little 500 Coach Credential. See page 11 of the manual for a full description of coach requirements.

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

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

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.