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, November 5

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

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


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

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.