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Senior Joe Krahulik of Sigma Alpha Epsilon prepares for a Little 500 practice session with fellow SAE bikers Thursday evening at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

THE FINAL OPPORTUNITY Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Joe Krahulik is driven ahead of his last Little 500. By Andrew Hussey aphussey@indiana.edu | @TheHussNetwork


or all the laps Joe Krahulik has ridden, there’s still one lap that haunts him. It’s the last lap of the 2016 Little 500 that lingers as motivation for Krahulik, as fuel for when workouts get tough. On that lap, Krahulik had a chance to win the race for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, but he was outsprinted by Delta Tau Delta’s Luke Tormoehlen. He was “dusted” as Krahulik called it. Just over a second separated Krahulik from Tormoehlen. A second separated victory from agony. “It was tough because my teammates did a really great job,” Krahulik said. “Really, it was my fault we didn’t win that one because I crashed twice.” It was improbable that he was even out on the track for that sprint. After the race, they learned he had sstained a concussion in one of those crashes, but that didn’t stop him. That was his sophomore year, and two years later, he’s grown from that experience. In the field of this year’s Little 500 riders, he’s had arguably the most individual success without coming away a Little 500 champion. He won the ITTs this season and in 2016, along with finishing second in 2017. He won Miss-N-Out in 2016. “Joe has a crazy work ethic,” said Robert Krahulik, Joe’s younger brother and current freshman rider on SAE’s team. “He’s willing to put in a ton of work and dedicate his focus to what he does. He’s very intense and that rubs off on the rest of the team. He’s motivated to just be the best.” Little 500 has become a family affair for


the Krahuliks. Andy Krahulik rode for SAE and graduated in 2016, while Robert joined the team this season. Their dad rode in the Little 500 when he was at IU. Growing up with Little 500 posters plastered on their walls, the kids watched their dad train in their basement as they watched movies.

In his junior year at IU, Joe was always going to have to be the leader after SAE lost three riders of its 2016 team, but he was thrust into an even bigger role after two riders left the team near winter break. Instead of being able to avenge the 2016 loss with an experienced roster, Joe had to focus on teaching his new teammates pretty much everythig. He sacrificed individual

“I have to be satisfied. Obviously, I want to win and that would be the nice endpoint. As far as what I’ve got out of the Little 500, I’ve made some of the best friedships in my college career. It’s really guided me.” Joe Krahulik, senior rider

They were the only kids in their neighborhood with bikes with drop handlebars. Bikes were a source of freedom so they could go ride to see their friends. Their dad took them to the Velodrom, a cycling track in Indianapolis, when they were in elementary school, yet biking wasn’t their primary focus as kids. All three kids swam at North Central High School in Indianapolis. Andy attributes Joe’s success in ITT’s to his time in the pool. “For that, it probably goes back to a swimming background,” Andy said. “One of his prime events was the 200 freestyle, which takes a little under two minutes and its four laps essentially. So, I think just having that experience knowing how to pace something like that pays off.”



training to make sure the new riders were doing everything right. For Joe, the experience guiding those riders was gratifying, as he had the opportunity to guide them and watch all the growth they made. “As a person, I was pretty quiet before and I definitely liked the role I had sophomore year where I motivated sometimes, but most of the time, I got to keep my head down and work really hard,” Joe said. “So, to grow as a person, it was monumental to lead these guys.” Even though the team was inexperienced, SAE finished fifth last year. They a crash on Lap 170 away from being able to have a good chance of winning the race. “For him kind of going through that for one season and learning what it actually


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takes to not be the star rider, but to be kind of the every day coach and the leader,” Andy said. “After that, this year’s been a breeze.” It wasn’t natural for Joe, but he became a strong leader for SAE. “He’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around quite frankly,” senior SAE rider Sean Marks said. “He leads by example day in and day out. He eats, sleeps and breathes Little 500. He’s made of something of else.” Joe’s dedication to the Little 500 is something that stood out to Tormoehlen. After Joe was defeated by Tormoehlen in 2016, the pair talked following the race and became friends. Joe turned to Tormoehlen for advice last year dealing with how to lead a team with rookies. This year, Tormoehlen has given him strategy advice and how he was stayed so fresh for that final sprint, but that last lap doesn’t come up. For Tormoehlen, Joe reminds him of himself and has “it.” Tormoehlen said Joe has both the mental and physical makeup to be successful. “He’s a student of the race and he’s all in,” Tormoehlen said. “He’s been all in. He has unwavering confidence and it shows in his riding and in the way, he presents himself.” Joe has an intense desire to win the Little 500 in his last attempt, but he’s happy with everything he has put into the race and his career so far. “I have to be satisfied,” Joe said. “Obviously, I want to win and that would be the nice endpoint. As far as what I’ve got out of the Little 500, I’ve made some of the best friendships in my college career. It’s really guided me.”


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Participants race around the track to complete 50 laps during the practice session for Little 500 April 12 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Seniors prepare for one last ride By Sean Mintert smentert@iu.edu @sean_mintert20

For an event rich with tradition like the Little 500, honoring the seniors with a backward lap around the track is one of the most notable. It’s an opportunity for the seniors to look back on everything they’ve learned from the experience, before having to lock in and get ready to race. For Delta Chi senior rider Abel Barrera Duran, the Little 500 has been a great learning experience. Duran will be riding in his fourth race this year, and he said the Little 500 has been one of the most valuable experiences during his time at IU. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is team development and leadership,� Duran said. “I came into a historic program that needed some rekindling, and it’s been a great experience in terms of learning how to develop as a leader.� Senior Johnathan Steen-

port of Forest Cycling said that Little 500 introduced him to a completely different style of biking. While he had been a casual rider for a long time, Steenport said there was nothing quite like riding on the track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. “You really have to learn what the track’s like, how the track conditions change and how to ride in a pack,� Steenport said. Steenport also focused on his experiences in learning to ride with a team. He said learning the tendencies and strengths of his teammates is something that is distinctive to the Little 500. “The cool thing about riding with a team is you have different strengths per rider,� Steenport said. “You obviously want to have four really strong guys, but everyone’s going to have their strengths and weaknesses and you can use that to your advantage.� With an event as highly charged as the Little 500, the

senior ceremony can be an emotional one. With so much time and effort devoted to the race, the riders said it’s always tough to say goodbye to such a defining part of their IU experience. However, Duran said he isn’t really sure what to expect when he takes the backward lap. “Since race day is so important for everybody, you kind of zone out,� Duran said. “I never remember most of the ceremonial parts of the race, and it just flashes by. I think if I pay attention, it probably might be, but because it’s such an important moment I’m not sure if I’ll be focused on that.� For Steenport, the ceremony means the end of his twoyear Little 500 career. After an 11th place finish in last year’s race, Steenport said he feels better going into the race, and is excited at the possibility of a better finish this year. “I’m looking forward to it,� Steenport said. “This being my second year, I’m happy with

what I’ve accomplished so far and I’m really looking forward to this year’s race. I’m excited to take what I’ve learned from Little 500 and move on and keep cycling.� As one of the more experienced rider in this year’s field, Duran said he looked back on his career with fondness. He highlighted last year’s race as something that made him particularly proud. “Last year was a great experience,� Duran said. “We managed to win Dixie Highway with a 12th place finish from a 30th position qualification with only three people. Apart from that award, I also walked away with an All-Star Rider Award, so that was amazing to finally have something tangible from my efforts at Little 500.� However, when asked what his favorite memory of the event will be, Duran was only looking forward to next Saturday. “I’d like to say that it’s yet to come,� Duran said.

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Brooke Hannon of Melanzana races in the Little 500 Qualifications on Saturday, March 24, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. This year, Little 500 will take place April 20 and 21.

The fastest woman on the track Senior Brooke Hannon heads into her final Little 500 race as a record-breaker. By Murphy Wheeler jonmwhee@iu.edu | @murphy_wheelerIU


enior Brooke Hannon sits in the bleachers surrounding the Little 500 track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Sweating and out of breath, she’s just peddled around 20 laps of a practice race, going through strategy with her team, Melanzana, in preparation for the Women’s Little 500 race on April 20. On the surface, she looks like any other cyclist on the field. She’s clad head to toe in colorful cycling attire, her hair stuffed into her helmet and her eyes hidden by a visor blocking the sun. But Hannon isn’t just any other faceless rider chasing this year’s Little 500 crown. To say Hannon is fast is like saying the universe is big or fire is hot. It’s an understatement. In fact, nobody has been quite as fast as her in almost ten years. During Little 500 Individual Time Trials on March 28, Hannon recorded a time of 2:33.083, breaking the previous women’s record of 2:34.00 set by Kristi Hewitt in 2009. While one of her fellow riders, Rachel Brown of Kappa Alpha Theta, also broke the record this year, Hannon still came away on top. She said it all came down to the last couple of laps of her trial, where she said she’s figured out how to fight through what she calls “the wall.” “There’s always this transition from lap three and lap four where after lap three, you just hit the wall,” Hannon said. “When you hit the wall, you have two choices. You either burst through it or you let it smack you in the face. I don’t think I really implemented that in my past trials but this time I just mentally chose to break through.” With ITTs out of the way, there’s still one more step remaining for Hannon and that’s the race itself. Melanzana will start 23rd at this year’s Little 500 after a crash at Qualifications sent the team near the back of the pack. However, a setback such as that shouldn’t be too difficult to conquer for the fifthyear senior, whose career has been full

of bumps along the way. * * * There was a point in time Hannon didn’t even know the Little 500 existed, despite living in Bloomington for about 12 years prior to attending IU. Once a volleyball player at Bloomington High School North, Hannon’s life revolved around training and working her way to possibly playing intercollegiate volleyball, leaving no time for any other sports or interests. However, her dream of continuing her volleyball career fell through during her senior year after she was not accepted to the school she had originally planned on playing at. She had to scramble and eventually decided to attend IU for academic reasons, not knowing which direction, if any direction at all, her athletic career might go next. That all changed during the spring semester of her freshman year when a group of friends asked if she wanted to join them in attending the 2014 Women’s Little 500 race. At first she turned them down. It didn’t seem enjoyable to her at the time. “They asked me if I wanted to go and I said, ‘No, that just sounds stupid,’ Hannon said. “I thought people riding bikes just sounded weird.” Yet her friends came back and asked her to go again, this time to the men’s race. She finally caved and from there she was hooked. Hannon’s tone changed when she recounted her first Little 500 experience. She perked up and her eyes lit up. Just the thought of that first race forced an excited smile across her face. She can recount every detail from the Black Key Bulls’ victory that year, the late-race strategy the team used to the finish that ended in a monstrous wreck. It was all part of the experience. She had caught the cycling fever and there was no cure. “I was sitting in the bleachers

of turn three and I was just glued. I couldn’t take my eyes off the racers,” Hannon said. “After watching that first race in 2014, I just immediately decided cycling was my new sport. I put down the volleyball and picked up a bike literally the next week.” * * * Hannon’s first ride was with the Christian Student Fellowship’s team during her sophomore year. She caught on quick and CSF did well, finishing sixth in 2015 despite Hannon being involved in a wreck during lap 98 of the race. She still has a scar on her forearm as a memento. But it was going to take more than a hard tumble to keep Hannon away from her new obsession. That was just the start.

“I was sitting in the bleachers of turn three and I was just glued. I couldn’t take my eyes off the racers. ” Brooke Hannon, senior rider

“I fell and what went through my head in the next 45 seconds was ‘OK, I can move and I looked over and nobody was running at me so I must be fine,’” Hannon said. “In my opinion, if you don’t get up and get back on the bike, it’s just not going to happen for you.” What followed was a string of victories in street sprint races and eventually a ninth-place finish for CSF in the 2016 Little 500 race. She was getting better with every race and was quietly becoming one of the most dangerous riders in the women’s field. Eventually, she left the CSF team and switched to Melanzana for her senior year in 2017. Due to a Little

500 rule, riders that change teams have to sit out a year of competition. Therefore, Hannon sat out the 2017 race and focused on school and, of course, her training in preparation of one last hurrah for her fifth year. “During that year off, I just focused on bettering my endurance,” Hannon said. “I found out pretty early in my career that I was good at sprinting. My coach just told me in my year off I needed to find something I wasn’t as good at it and get better at it.” * * * Hannon sits on the bleachers as many different things. She’s someone who has seen their dreams fall through after her volleyball career never made it past high school. She’s an ultra-competitor who needed just one taste of the Little 500 to find her new passion. Now, she’s a record-breaker just a few years after taking up the sport. But there’s still one thing missing from that list — Little 500 champion. The thought brings another infectious smile to her face. The scars and scrapes up and down her arms and legs — remnants of numerous wrecks along the way — tell a number of stories, each just another step of her cycling journey. At practice, her shouts of encouragement ring out above the rest of her competitors. Riders from other teams cheer her on as she rides past. Everybody knows Brooke Hannon. She has nothing left to prove. But a title would sure be nice. “We’re going to try our best and that’s all we can do,” Hannon said. “In all honesty, if we win I will cry and if we lose I will cry. In my personal career, winning would be the culmination of everything I’ve experienced in Little 500, but if we don’t, we’ve just learned so many life lessons so I’ll be ok either way.”

An ideal day for Little 500 riders isn’t an ideal day for fans By Jordan Guskey jguskey@indiana.edu @JordanGuskey

Imagine you’re on a beach. Any beach, it doesn’t matter. The ocean is in front of you and the sun is shining. You’re standing right at the edge of where the tide comes in, and the sand beneath your feet is tightly packed. You could easily run along this part of the beach. It’s an ideal surface. The soft sand a few feet behind you has been baking in the sun for hours and would cause you much more trouble. What the water does to the sand is how Cutters Coach Jim Kirkham describes rain’s effect on the track at Bill Armstrong Stadium for the Little 500. “The surface of the track changes so much based on moisture, wind and sun, those three elements,” said Kirkham, who’s coached Cutters since the late 1990s. “Generally if it’s raining, the track is

almost always great.” There’s no way to change the weather on race day, but Kirkham, Little 500 race director Andrea Balzano and the grounds crew that maintains the track and preps it before practices and events, all agree that cool weather and rain keep the track in prime condition for riders to clock their fastest times. What they’re hoping for isn’t the same as what a casual fan might like to see. Darren Robertson is part of the two-man crew that prepares the track. When rookie week starts in mid-February he’s at the track every day, Monday through Friday, and on days when there are events. He said the crew drags the track and then uses a roller to pack it. Depending on how much rain the track’s gotten, they’ll water it with one to two truckloads of water. That means anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of water. Normally this happens in

the morning, but if it was so cold the night before that the track froze over Robertson said the crew will have to wait until the afternoon because there’s nothing they can do until it thaws out. Kirkham said the track has been really good this year, and appreciates the effort Balzano and the grounds crew have put in to ensure the riders have the best track possible. “I take a lot of pride in it,” said Robertson, who’s been doing this for about eight years. “I try to make it the best I can every day.” Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, Balzano knows the riders won’t be upset with her or the grounds crew about less than ideal track conditions. “Riders are pretty understanding that we can’t control the weather,” Balzano said. Kirkham, if he could make a request that would have the track at its best, would schedule heavy rain overnight that tapers to a morning drizzle and stops right before


Sigma Alpha Epsilon exchanges bikes at the Men’s Little 500 in 2017 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Dirt from the track gets moved by the tire of one of the bikes, because of the dry track. Cyclists may prefer the track to be more wet, for an easier and faster ride on the compacted dirt.

the race. Clouds would stay overhead throughout. “It makes it crappy for the fans, but it makes it good for the pictures,” Kirkham said. “It makes it good for the stronger teams because they can separate themselves pretty quickly.” Kirkham wouldn’t mind

if that didn’t happen, though. He has his team prepare for any number of weather conditions while training so that on race day, no matter what happens, his riders are prepared. He said he would even prefer it if the track was dried out and slippery in the turns,

so a team like his could separate itself from the pack. No team has more Little 500 wins than Cutters, which hasn’t won since 2011 but has 12 titles. That 2011 win was the fifth straight the Cutters had won dating back to 2007, and the team has stayed in the top 10 ever since.

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Before the women raced in their own Little 500 race, there was the Mini 500. Established in 1955 to give women a race that compared to the men’s first Little 500, the two-lap tricycle race continued until 2004. The first women’s Little 500 race was in 1988. Here are a few highlights leading up to this year’s race.





1 The three final teams race to the finish in the last heat of the 1977 Mini 500. For decades, IU women raced on trikes before the first women’s Little 500 race in 1988. 2 Wilkie Sprint riders celebrate following the finish of the first women’s Little 500 in 1988. 3 Deirdre Finzer gives advice to a Gamma Phi Beta teammate. Finzer placed first in the women’s Miss N Out competition in 2001 and helped the Gamma Phi Beta team ride to a 7th place finish. 4 Haley Meyer, Jordan Ladin, Michelle Baques, Natalie Ellis and Taylor Savel scream and cheer “A-CHI-OH” as Alpha Chi Omega takes the pole position during qualifications March 29, 2014, at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Alpha Chi Omega kept the No. 1 women’s spot with a time of 2:41.16, two seconds faster than Melanzana Cycling which finished in the No. 2 spot. 5 Phoenix Cycling holds the victory bike after winning their first Little 500 in 2016 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

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It’s the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. It’s one of the most anticipated events at IU each year. Students, local residents and alumni all come to Bill Armstrong Stadium each April, bringing over 25,000 people each year. It’s a tradition that has been around for over 60 years. It is the Little 500.

1 For more than 60 years, the Little 500 has featured thrills and spills. In 2008, a rider for Phi Sigma Kappa (from left) lost control on turn one, and other competitors struggled to avoid the crash. 2 Team Major Taylor practices exchanges a week before the 1992 race. Major Taylor was the first black team to compete and chose their name, taking inspiration from world champion cyclist Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor. 3 Then-senior Christopher Cartier of Dodds House and then-junior Alex Bishop of Cutters battle in the 2007 Miss N Out. 4 Teter Cycling hoists the trophy April 23, 2010 following the women’s Little 500 race at Bill Armstrong Stadium.


5 Members of Delta Gamma celebrate following their 2013 Little 500 victory at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The team won the race for the second year in a row.


6 A spectator is passed up to the top of the stand during the 1980 race.


7 Young Pioneers’ Duo Xu and Haoming Liu transfer a bike during Little 500 qualifications at Bill Armstrong Stadium in 2016. Young Pioneers would go on to place 24th and become the first international team to qualify for the race.




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8 Spectators fill the stands for the 1967 running of the Little 500 at the Tenth Street Stadium. 9 Race founder Howdy Wilcox with his family in 1951. Wilcox modeled the race after the Indy 500 which his father won in 1919.




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Take a look at the history and meaning behind the Little 500 By Julia Briano jbriano@iu.edu | @julia_bri


Senior Erik Schwedland rounds turn two during the 2017 Men’s Little 500 Bike Race at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The 2018 Men’s Race will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Cutters shoot for a 13th win By Joe Schroeder joemschr@iu.edu | @joemschroeder

Throughout the 34 years it has been on IU’s campus, the Cutters cycling team has evolved from a one-year project to the winningest team in Little 500 race history. Cutters was founded by Adam Giles and Randy Strong, two cyclists who had won the Little 500 race from 1979 to 1981 with the Delta Chi fraternity, but were asked to leave the fraternity in 1984. The two were not upholding the fraternity’s creed, senior Cutters Captain Erik Schwedland said. Giles and Strong wanted to continue cycling competitively and decided to form an independent team, borrowing the name Cutters from the 1979 movie “Breaking Away”. Originally the team was supposed to satisfy the competitive needs of Giles and Strong, current Cutters coach Jim Kirkham said.

“The team was built to race one year and be done, maybe two races and done,” Kirkham said. “The guys didn’t really foresee keeping the team going.” The team won the 1984 Little 500 race, its first year as Cutters. The team continued to recruit new riders and also continued winning, placing first in 1986, 1988 and 1992. During this time, the team adjusted its training regimen and racing tactics to account for the loss of resources from the fraternity. “They had mechanics, cooks and all of this stuff organized around the riders when they were at Delta Chi,” Schwedland said. To make up for these changes, the team began going on outdoor group rides, covering heavy mileage. The team would go on these rides throughout the year, even in the winter. As advancements in medicine and technology surfaced, the team continued to adapt. In the

1990s, rather than tracking speed, riders began to track their heart rates during practices to improve their performance, Kirkham said. The team continues to adjust its training today, using exercises that target a particular energy system or muscle, Schwedland said. Another way the team has changed its routine is taking shorter rides than those of the 1980s teams. “Now there’s more of a blend with indoor training on stationary bikes and using more technology,” Kirkham said. The stationary bikes Cutters uses are equipped with power meters, a device that tracks the exact amount of energy put into each pedal. The technology helps the riders save energy, a big strategy for the team. “Everyone is trying to conserve energy,” Kirkham said. “In the past, it used to be just about speed.” Past Cutter teams used

to emphasize the importance of keeping a steady, quick pace for each lap of the race. “Everyone was fighting to get to the front, and the pace was more consistent with fewer pace changes,” Kirkham said. Today’s teams use drafting to save energy for the end of the race. Drafting occurs when a rider places himself behind another in order to block any interference from the wind, causing them to move faster. While many teams that have been around for as long as Cutters have their own traditions and rituals, the team has few all its own. “When you try and make a tradition, you’re just trying to relive other people’s experiences,” Schwedland said. With 12 Little 500 race first place finishes, the team continues the legacy of past Cutters teams. “We have the tradition of winning,” Kirkham said.

In 1950, the President of the IU Foundation, Howard S. “Howdy” Wilcox, saw a need to raise awareness for the IU Student Foundation, raise scholarship funds for students working while in school and bring the University closer together. That same year, according to the City of Bloomington website, Wilcox saw students having their own bicycle race on campus in what is now Cook Hall, sparking the idea to create the Little 500 race. Since Wilcox’s father, Howard Wilcox Sr., had won the Indianapolis 500 in 1919, he was very familiar with the idea of racing and designed the Little 500 race to be a replica of the famous car race. The following year in 1951, after the IU Student Foundation spread the idea around campus, 37 teams signed up to attempt to qualify for the first Little 500 race. After Qualifications, the 33 teams with the best qualifications times took the track on race day, kicking off what would become one of the longest running IU traditions. The Little 500 was originally created for only men to race, until the winter of 1986 when women pushed for a Little 500 race of their own. Previously, women who were interested in cycling could only compete in the Mini 500, a tricycle race which started in 1955, in Assembly Hall where riders competed on custom-made trikes. But the event did not compare to the actual race in their eyes. The legacy of the women’s Little 500 race is now built upon four friends of

the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Lee Ann Guzek Terhune, Martha Hinkamp Gillum, Darcy Fieck and Kathy Cleary Kallne, who all had a shared interest in cycling. In 1987, those four women attempted to qualify for the men’s Little 500 race. When it was the women’s time to carry out its attempt, they dropped the bike during an exchange on two separate attempts. The team had to wait until the end of the day for another attempt. During the third attempt, the women of Kappa Alpha Theta were able to qualify. This did not last long as the team finished with a time of 3:03.72, later being bumped out of their qualifying spot by teams with better finishing times. After the 1987 qualifications were over, the women of Kappa Alpha Theta officially placed 34th, one spot short of being able to race in the Little 500. Later that year, the IU Student Foundation announced the creation of a women’s Little 500 race. The following spring, in 1988, 31 women’s teams registered to race. While Willkie won the inaugural race, the women of Kappa Alpha Theta who fought for the creation of this event, came in second. This year will be the 67th running of the men’s and the 31st running of the women’s Little 500. Current race director Andrea Balzano said there is nothing like it. “It develops student leaders, it brings people together and it creates memories for a lifetime,” Balzano said. “I really love being involved with this event. The friends that students make through IUSF and the Little 500 — whether they’re riders or Steering Committee alumni — last a lifetime.”

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IC-EMS has its eyes on the riders By Dylan Wallace dswallace@iu.edu | @d_wall1

With the Little 500 races approaching, all eyes are on the riders. That’s not to say all eyes haven’t been on the riders in all events leading up to the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. There were Qualifications, Individual Time Trials, Miss N Outs, Team Pursuit and all the practices leading up to the race. The eyes that pay attention to the riders the closest, however, aren’t the eyes of the fans in the stands. The sets of eyes that are always on the riders are those of Intra Collegiate Emergency Medical Service. An all-student organization that consists of first aiders and emergency medical technicians. Unbeknownst to many, without IC-EMS on the scene, these events cannot happen. The only exceptions to that rule are the Little 500 races themselves, simply due to the fact that it is not in the organization’s contract. But all the aforementioned events that lead up to Little 500 must have these trained students present to begin. For the first aiders, the process of being certified begins with CPR and basic life support sessions, which are given by the organization. As for the EMTs, most become certified by courses provided by IU — SPH-H401:

Emergency Med Techn Ambul I and SPH-H4 04: Emergency Medical Technician Lab. They need at least 160 hours of training, eight hours of clinical shadowing in a hospital setting and eight hours of ambulance ride-alongs. Also, EMTs must pass a state practical, which is a skills test, as well as a written test. IC-EMS President and senior Pam Muangmingsuk, said despite most of the training not being done in real life scenarios, events like these help students apply them to reality. “Their skills matter,” Muangmingsuk said. “When you’re learning this stuff, it doesn’t always seem real because you are doing it on dummies, but it’s just a better way to see what you’re learning can be applied and can make a difference.” Muangmingsuk also mentioned it’s cool to see how the riders come to them as a position of authority. “Not in the sense of like ‘you must obey’ but they look to us to be like ‘what’s wrong,’” Muangmingsuk said. “If you ever go shadow or anything no one is going to ask your opinion, so it’s really cool that they trust us and come up to us.” It’s students taking care of students. Junior Laura Watanabe, who rides for Kappa Alpha Theta, knows the members of IC-EMS are at the track and said she feels comfortable knowing if anything happens, they can assist. Watanabe recalled a time


Top Participants try to recover after a pile-up crash while emergency medical technicians call an ambulance and assist wounded riders during the practice session for Little 500 Thursday evening at Bill Armstrong Stadium April 12. Right Junior first aiders Olivia Houchin, left, and Olivia Elston, right, assist the wounded after a pile-up crash occurred during a practice session for Little 500 on April 12 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

when she fell off her bike and scraped her elbows and knees and immediately went over to the IC-EMS table — located on the field inside the track — where the first aiders took care of her. The most common injury for riders are ones like Watanabe suffered. Whenever a rider falls on the track, they will most likely get cinders caught in their cuts. If not removed quickly, it can cause infection.

broken collarbones and several concussions on the track. “Whenever these bikers get going, they can get up to 20 to 25 miles per hour,” Cutshall said. “If they fall off their bike at that speed and hit their head, it’s going to be a bad day. That’s why we’re here.” During each shift, it is required to have at least two EMTs and at least one first aider on site, along with a supervisor. Each shift for the daily practices are around four hours. Junior Jonathan Mathioudakis is one of the 12 supervisors this year. Riders aren’t going all out every practice, so when those four hours start to become non-eventful, Mathioudakis quizzes the staff on protocols. He asks them about different things involving cardiac arrests, opening

“If they fall off their bike at that speed and hit their head, it’s going to be a bad day.” Ryan Cutshall, sophomore EMT

To get out the cinders, ICEMS uses cinder suds and gauze to cleanly remove them. Just because the routine injuries consist of taking care of cuts doesn’t mean that’s always the case. Sophomore EMT Ryan Cutshall has seen

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airways on traumatic patients, head-tilt chin lifts, jaw thrusts, chest flail wounds and the list goes on. “Obviously no one wants to treat anybody,” Mathioudakis said. “But, at the exact same time you have to be ready to treat everything.” This was the case in last year’s men’s Little 500 race. One of the coaches was run into by a rider during an exchange and he flipped over, hitting his head and biting off part of his tongue. He ended up with a bad concussion and many members of IC-EMS and IU Health were there to tend. Junior first aider Olivia Elston, who was there for the coach’s fall and was carrying the bag with the equipment in it to tend to him, knows how important it is to be ready for anything. “Even though in the more

extreme situations I can’t do as much to help since I am only a first aider, we still have to be attentive and ready for whatever happens to help our team,” Elston said. “Everyone can contribute even if it’s just having the right equipment for the other members to use.” Everyone in IC-EMS is ready. That’s what they train for and that’s why they are out there. Mathioudakis said they make sure high-quality patient care is given to every patient. The riders aren’t IC-EMS’s only focus, though. They know how Bloomington gets this time of year. So, especially during the race, their eyes will be moving back-and-forth from the track to the stands in Bill Armstrong Stadium. IC-EMS is there to tend to anything and anyone, and they are there to make this historic event a safe one.

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MEET THE WOMEN OF LITTLE 500 1. Delta Gamma Hanna Coppens Audrey Morlan

2. Kappa Alpha Theta Laura Anne Watanabe Erika Arakawa

Laurie Bignal Katherine Free

4. Alpha Chi Omega Emily Bromm Jackie Mooney

Rachel Brown Sydney Keaton

5. Teter Kinsey Allen Chase Wischmeier

Rylee Ollearis Kaitlyn Paris

Katie Niesen Lauren Britt

3. Alpha Gamma Delta Erin Adair Alyssa Todd

Kaylin Kenny Adri Lamphier

6. Phi Mu Emily Heldman Emily Mailman

Mekaea Miller Elizabeth Schack

7. Theta Phi Alpha

8. Alpha Omicron Pi

9. Alpha Xi Delta

Caitlin Kamplain Emily Ducey

Chelsea Patterson Kaci Garrity

Ellen Potocsnak Heidi Hoffman

Hannah Milbourn Marissa Mallinckrodt

10. Ski Emily Carrico Nicole LaRue

11. RideOn

Kaethe Schroeder Ivy Moore

Amanda Middleton Cassidy Dennin

13. Alpha Sigma Alpha Ciara Lynch Anna Darling

Kirsten Drehobl Zoe Vriesman

Mariah Blackwell Caitlin Jackson

Caroline Maley Abigail Higgins

Valarie Miller Daniella Pierini

Rachel Bounds Carlie Etter

Emily Binhack Riley Peppler

Abby Messenger Emily Boehm

Brooke Hannon Melissa Ford

Katie Lael Allison Sams

MJ Schulz Carly Stoll

Meg Szymanski

Bridget Protsman Aly Hendricks

Erin Nelson Cassidy Aronin

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Annie Arnold Sophia Beneski

29. IU Nursing

31. Sigma Delta Tau Emily Kahn-Perry Rebekah Poscover

Anna Harris Evelyn Peterson

26. Delta Zeta

28. Alpha Phi Eleanor Berg Krijn Schwartz

Annabelle Clowier Audrey Rich

23. Melanzana

25. Gamma Phi Beta Amy Hausfeld Hope Vigren

Emma Risley Jackie Rizzi

20. CSF

22. Alpha Delta Pi Megan Meyers Grace Skorin

Halle Fromson

17. Sigma Kappa

19. Cru Emma McCardwell Kylee Henderson

Vickey Barnhill Mary Vanco

14. Delta Phi Epsilon

16. Chi Omega Laney Eldridge Dakota Olah

Dayna Pedzinsksi Alexis McDonald




Sammi Nozick Mackenzie Breen

Abigail Shafer Jess Hamilton

12. Independent Council Marie Wirsing Maddie Sigg

Hayley Kwasniewski Esther Herbers

15. Delta Sigma Pi Bridget Barnes Maggie Miles Joelle Gross Tennie Worrell

18. Phi Gamma Nu Jessi Ciadella Lauren Towne

Kristen Menges Kylee Freckelton

21. Centripedal Force Megan Read Manda Wang

Fiona Kelly Sarah Bruns

24. Kappa Delta Whitney Carroll Claire Choinacky

Alexis Linback Claire Powell

27. Kappa Kappa Gamma Lexi Viterisi Natalie Peele

Julia Zhu

30. Camp Kesem Grace Landry Mary Landry

Hannah Gorman Sophie Meagher




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Delta Gamma

Kappa Alpha Theta

Alpha Gamma Delta

Alpha Chi Omega


Phi Mu

Theta Phi Alpha

Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Xi Delta



Independent Council

Alpha Sigma Alpha

Delta Phi Epsilon

Delta Sigma Pi

Chi Omega

Sigma Kappa

Phi Gamma Nu



Centripedal Force

Alpha Delta Pi


Kappa Delta

Gamma Phi Beta

Delta Zeta

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Alpha Phi

IU Nursing

Camp Kesem

Sigma Delta Tau

Each year, three jersey colors are designated to certain teams. The white jersey goes to the winner of cumulative Spring Series event points, yellow is worn by last years’ winners and green is worn by the pole winners.




Kappa Sigma

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Pi Lambda Phi

Phi Gamma Delta


Sigma Chi

Black Key Bulls

Forest Cycling


Chi Alpha

Delta Chi

Phi Kappa Psi

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Gray Goat

Phi Delta Theta


Alpha Sigma Phi

Pi Kappa Alpha

Young Pioneers

3PH Cycling

Beta Theta Pi

Lambda Chi Alpha

Alpha Kappa Lambda

Black Ice Cycling


Evans Scholars


Delta Sigma Phi

Delta Upsilon


Beta Sigma Psi

Phi Sigma Kappa

Theta Chi


5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Alpha Epsilon Phi


RULES OF THE RACE THE RACE The women’s race is 100 laps, which is equivalent to 25 miles, while the men’s race is 200 laps, or about 50 miles. Both races are on the quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Entrants are given onespeed Schwinn bicycles. Teams are made up of as many as four riders. The riders treat the race much like a running relay. When a rider is tired, they exchange the bicycle with a teammate. Any full time IU undergraduate can ride in the Little 500. THE LINEUP The order of the starting lineup will be determined by qualification times. These teams will be grouped in rows of three, starting with the No. 1 pole position team on the

inside of the track. All No. 1 riders will be mounted and ready five minutes before the pace lap, after which no crew member will be allowed on the inside of the track. PITS Each team will be assigned a pit along the outside of the track according to its qualification position. These pits are approximately 16 feet wide and 6 feet deep. All exchanges and bicycle repairs must be made within these boundaries. An exception is when adjacent teams are exchanging simultaneously, one team may step beyond the restraining line to complete its exchange. Each team is allowed to have a pit crew

not exceeding two persons — one in the pit and one in the infield with the bicycle. PENALTIES Teams guilty of violating these rules shall be penalized no more than 20 seconds. This time will be spent in the penalty box located near the starting line. A black flag given to the team indicates that a penalty has been imposed. Penalities include imposing another team, including pit and crew, 10 to 20 seconds; illegal exchange from bicycle A to bicycle B, two seconds; using more than three pits for an exchange, two seconds; and unsportsmanlike conduct, five to 20 seconds, depending on severity. CHANGING RIDERS Teams will be allowed to

change riders as often as it wishes, but the team must change a minimum of 10 times in the men’s race and five times in the women’s race. Each bike exchange must begin in front of the pit of the team concerned, and it must be completed by the time the rider has reached the far limits of the next pit on the right. Should the incoming rider fail to start the exchange in front of the correct pit, he or she must continue around for one more lap. If the rider backs up, the team will be subject to penalty. The outgoing rider may use the preceding pit to run and gain momentum for the exchange, but the actual exchange of the bike must take place in the correct pit area.

GREEN Starting signal, clears course

RED Stop; race is halted

BLUE WITH ORANGE STRIPE Bicycle attempting to pass

WHITE Starting last lap

BLACK Rider on the outside of the track

YELLOW Ride with caution and maintain position

CHECKERED Race completed







































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Pit Judge presides over pits to monitor conduct, such as in exchanges. One judge presides over every two pits. Starter gives the flag signals for the start and finish line.


1. Sigma Alpha Epsilon 2. Sigma Phi Epsilon 3. Phi Gamma Delta 4. Forest 5. Pi Lambda Phi 6. Kappa Sigma 7. Cutters 8. Jetblach 9. Theta Chi 10. Phi Sigma Kappa 11. Beta Sigma Psi 12. Delta Upsilon 13. Delta Sigma Phi 14. Acacia 15. Evans Scholars 16. CSF 17. Alpha Kappa Lambda


18. CSF 19. Cru 20. Phi Gamma Nu 21. Delta Sigma Pi 22. Alpha Sigma Alpha 23. Ride On 24. Ski 25. Alpha Xi Delta 26. Theta Phi Alpha 27. Delta Zeta 28. Gamma Phi Beta 29. Sigma Kappa 30. Kappa Delta 31. Alpha Delta Pi 32. Chi Omega 33. Independent Council



Timer, located in the press box, is responsible for the lap counting and time.

Inspector displays yellow flag, clears the track of wrecks, controls re-entry and points out infractions.

18. 3PH 19. Lambda Chi Alpha 20. Young Pioneers 21. Pi Kappa Alpha 22. Bears 23. Gray Goat 24. Alpha Epsilon Pi 25. Chi Alpha 26. Sigma Chi 27. Black Ice 28. Beta Theta Pi 29. Alpha Sigma Phi 30. Phi Delta Theta 31. Phi Kappa Psi 32. Delta Chi 33. Black Key Bulls


1. Kappa Alpha Theta 2. Teter 3. Alpha Omicron Pi 4. Phi Mu 5. Alpha Chi Omega 6. Alpha Gamma Delta 7. Delta Gamma 8. Delta Phi Epsilon 9. Alpha Epsilon Phi 11. Sigma Delta Tau 12. Camp Kesem 13. IU Nursing 14. Alpha Phi 15. Kappa Kappa Gamma 16. Melanzana Cycling 17. Centripedal Force



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MEET THE MEN OF LITTLE 500 1. Cutters Erik Schwedland Noble Guyon

Greg Huibregtse Patrick Coulter

4. Sigma Phi Epsilon Ben Harris Jake Luker

Charlie Hicks Tom Settle

7. Sigma Chi David Holtkamp Dom Fiore

Nick Faupel Tom Serf

2. Kappa Sigma Bryan Mooney Jack Martin

Jayson Smith Spencer Scholl

Adam Kelty Anthony Lemon

Griffin Tichenor Zach Horowitz

16. Bears Andrew Goodrum Jake Greene

Caleb Langley Riley Figg

Kevin Mangel Will Ottenweller

Abel Barrera-Duran Nick Faletti

Daohong Liu Haoming Liu

22. Lambda Chi Alpha Colton Tuzinski Henry Decker

Ethan Miller Matthias Ebeyer

25. CSF Chatham Andersun Will Hobart

Kevin Drake Zach Sorg

28. Delta Sigma Phi Troy Chapman Jordan Lenchitz

Jack Stewart Nate Hopf-Nelson

Bobby Coyle Isaac Sullivan

Jack Callahan Neil Bassett

Noah Voyles Xavier Martinez

Hank Duncan Patrick McKay

Kurtis Greer

Albert La Valle Christopher Woods

Austin Curtis Chase Whitler Jeff Beaumont Nick Price

Jack Dunsford Steve Schafer

18. Pi Kappa Alpha

Michael Altman Niko Iacono

Blake Jackson Mitch Meyer

Ben Thompson Matthew Thompson

Colton Renier Jonathan Jaggard

Brendon Block Danny Mikrut

Jason Mark Matthew Redmond

Alex Crane Ryan Fraser

Connor Bonecutter James Young

27. Acacia Brisco Woods Kyle Doyle

Brendan Mullen Ethan Parsley

Cody Vandevender Will Kerr

30. JETBLACH Daniel Kurzendoefer Patrick Wisdom

Hunter Lang Noah Haxton

32. Phi Sigma Kappa

Johnny Hodson Walter Copas

Jack McNamara Samuel Hagedorn

24. Black Ice

29. Delta Upsilon Alex Nunn Nick Butler

Braden Tankersly Zen Zupin

21. Beta Theta Pi

26. Evans Scholars Andrew Andjelic Ethan Aberg

Brian Emmons Eric Mercker

15. Phi Delta Theta

23. Alpha Kappa Lambda Collin Hoskins Lennie Antonelli

Johnathan Steenport Parker Rauschuber

12. Phi Kappa Psi

20. 3PH Ahaan Singhal Jake Cohen

Frank Reed Matt Cooper

9. Forest

17. Alpha Sigma Phi

Connor Hudock Evan White

31. Beta Sigma Psi

Alec Kreilach Brady Hoffman

14. Gray Goat Logan Tisdale Sam Stratton

Rob Krahulik Sean Marks

6. Phi Gamma Delta

11. Delta Chi

19. Young Pioneers Chaorun Fan Fusen Zhang

Joe Krahulik Ryan Tuffnell Will Evans

8. Black Key Bulls

13. Alpha Epsilon Pi Dylan Horowitz Reid Geiger

Jack Basler Nick Bongi

5. Pi Lambda Phi

10. Chi Alpha Chris Anderson Justin Harris

3. Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Michael Schmahl Robert Oehler

33. Theta Chi Erik Smith TJ Hoppen

Jack Garlick Trey Hubbard

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Participants gather as emergency medical technicians assist the wounded after a pile-up crash occurred during the practice session for Little 500 on April 12 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

IUSF, the people who run the show By Declan McLaughlin

The magic of ‘Breaking Away’



Michael Ramirez is a sophomore in media.

With the Little 500 race this weekend, I decided the watch the famous film “Breaking Away” for the first time. Being an out-ofstate student at IU, I didn’t know any of the traditions on campus or around Bloomington. I enjoyed watching the movie, and I enjoyed it so much, I decided to write a piece from the perspective of a first-time viewer. There were many parts in the movie which made me smile, shake my head and even raise my fist into the air. Here are all of the underappreciated aspects to Peter Yates’ film which will make you want to watch again and again. The quarry Everyone had their own spot growing up to hang out with friends, and the quarry was the place where the main characters, Dave, Mike, Cyril and Moocher, bonded. Whether it was diving off the stones and into the water or gossiping about the IU students they hated, the guys made the most unlikely of places such a beloved part of the film. When Mike saw the IU students taking a swim in the quarry, he treated the scenario as people invading their territory. His reaction is understandable and relatable to anybody who once connected with a certain location and didn’t want anyone else to appre-

ciate its glory. Dave’s crush on Katherine We’ve all been in a situation where we act like someone we’re not in order to impress the person we have a crush on. Dave goes over the top, masquerading as an Italian exchange student in order to sweep Katherine off her feet. I have to give him extra credit for nailing the Italian accent and calling her “Katarina” as a part of his act. Serenading Katherine outside her sorority house was impressive, especially since the song was Italian, and bringing Cyril along to play the guitar was a power move. Like all scenarios similar to this one, Dave ends up confessing to Katherine and she breaks off their fling. All good things have to come to an end. Cypril Where do I even begin with Cypril. The man accompanies Dave to Katherine’s sorority house, plays guitar while Dave sings, and then gets beat up by Rod and his friends after they mistake him for Dave. If that isn't a real friend, I don’t know what is. Dave and his idols When a professional Italian cycling team comes to town, Dave enters in the same race as his idols. After Dave keeps up with them in the race, they grow frustrated. One of the bikers jams a tire pump into one of Dave’s wheels, which causes him to crash. He’s

heartbroken and realizes some people cheat when no one is looking in order to get their way. Dave also sees this in his own father, Ray, after a man wants a refund on the car he was sold. Dave’s dad refuses to take the car back because he already made money off of the sale. Dave’s bond with his parents Throughout the movie, Ray doesn’t see eye to eye with Dave regarding his son’s love for all things Italian and his love for cycling. After Dave is heartbroken about the Italian cycling team incident, Ray realizes how hurt Dave is. It's the first time Ray comforts Dave in the movie. Ray takes Dave to Herman B Wells Library one night and explains how he cut the limestone for the building’s construction but was never comfortable on campus for some reason. This is where Dave and Ray bond and where Ray comes around to support his son in pursuing his dreams. Before this scene, we really don't see Ray support Dave in anything, and this is also the first time we see the soft side of Ray. Anyone with a father of the same personality can relate to Dave. Ray ditches his dealership on the day of the Little 500 race to go support Dave and made it in time to watch his son win the race for Cutters. Their relationship makes any father and son duo watching the movie come closer together. As for Dave’s mother, Ev-

The 1979 film"Breaking Away" featured one of the most sacred Hoosier traditions, the Little 500. The fillm focuses on one of the main characters, Dave, and his win for Cutters at the Little 500 that year.

elyn, she supports her son throughout the movie. She makes him Italian meals and encourages Dave to go compete in the race with the Italians. Evelyn’s support is constant and is a model for any mother who supports their children in everything they do. Dave puts the team on his back Dave is literally the reason Cutters wins the Little 500 race and should always be appreciated. Dave singlehandedly builds a significant lead on the rest of the field. He gets injured in a crash, but it doesn’t matter. He tapes his feet to the pedals after taking a short break and comes all the way back to win the race at the last second. There isn’t much more to add to this. The man is a beast. Nostalgia I know IU alumni can attest to this point. I, as I’m sure they did, paid extra attention to every single campus scene in the movie. Before the race, the crowd in the movie sings the IU fight song, and you bet I sang and clapped along. Even though "Breaking Away" is about townies, Hoosier nation can relate to this part, which brings everything together for the final scene.

Each year since 1951, the IU Student Foundation has put on the Little 500 race through the work of IU volunteers. IUSF is the student branch of the IU Foundation, which receives and distributes donations from alumni. IUSF is in charge of setting up everything that has to do with Little 500 along with giving out scholarships, grants and holding philanthropic events such as IU Day and Thank a Donor Day. The steering committee is in charge of putting on Little 500 and multiple cycling events at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

“Each year is slightly different because we have different students putting on the events so we might have some different VIPs coming but they run essentially the same each year.” Andrea Balzano, Little 500 race director

This committee has 25 seniors who were once underclassmen volunteers for IUSF. These seniors are chosen and put into different subcommittees within IUSF, such as marketing and the spring series committee. The members of the steering committee, along with other IUSF volunteers, spend an estimated eight hours a day for one week

leading up to the race preparing for Little 500. “It’s a group of seniors that lead 250 general members,” steering committee member Morgan Claps said. Those general members are the underclassmen volunteers that help the steering committee organize the race. They record track times for riders, work as track managers and help riders register their practice hours. Riders who want to participate in Little 500 must have a minimum of 25 hours on the track at Bill Armstrong Stadium every year before they are allowed to race. The steering committee and volunteers help them achieve this by putting on cycling events in the spring and fall before Little 500. “In the fall time we are putting on street sprints, cycle cross, Individual Time Trials and then three nights worth of Thursday race series which is just several different track style events up here at Bill Armstrong Stadium,” said Andrea Balzano, Little 500 race director. “Then in the springtime we do Individual Time Trials again, Team Pursuit and then the races themselves.” IUSF also has a Rider's Committee, a group of 23 juniors and seniors who help rookie riders prepare for track races. They show riders cycling routes throughout Bloomington, and also give a two-week intensive workshop which is required for all rookies to race in Little 500. “Each year is slightly different because we have different students putting on the events so we might have some different VIPs coming but they run essentially the same each year,” Balzano said.

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