HDNet continues a ten-year tradition as the LIVE broadcast home of the “World’s Greatest College Weekend” – the Men’s and Women’s “Little 500” bicycle races at Indiana University.
The women’s Little 500 will be held “under the lights” on Friday, April 20, beginning at 7:00pm ET. The 62nd men’s Little 500 will take place the next day, Saturday, April 21, beginning at 2:00pm ET.
This will be the 25th running of the women’s Little 500, which was held for the first time in 1988, a year after Kappa Alpha Theta sorority attempted to qualify for the men’s race. Since then, the women’s race has grown in popularity and is expected to have a full field of 33 teams this year.
The races are patterned after the Indianapolis 500, with up to 33 teams lining up for the start in 11 rows of three. Starting positions are determined by qualifying times, with the fastest team nabbing the pole. As many as four riders can compete on a team. When one rider on a team is tired, he or she exchanges the bicycle with a teammate. The women’s race is 25 miles — 100 laps on a quarter-mile cinder track. The men’s race is 50 miles — 200 laps on the same track.
The competitors are amateurs and are full-time undergraduate students at IU Bloomington. The Little 500 has been the subject of numerous news reports and sports broadcasts and an Academy Award-winning film, Breaking Away.
The races raise money for 34 scholarships valued at $1,000 each for working IU students. To date, the race has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships, while also providing countless leadership opportunities for IU students.
This year, HDNet will help extend the celebration outside of Bloomington, by posting any “viewing party” locations and details on our Facebook page. Party organizers who want to reach IU alumni or those who just love competitive cycling can simply post location details on HDNet’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HDNet. More information can also be found on our website at http://www.axs.tv/programs/hdnet-live/.
We will also be posting live race updates via Twitter at @HDNet and #Little500.
Don’t miss this great weekend of LIVE college sports and Indiana history only on HDNet!
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