Little 500 Race Director Jordan Bailey woke up at approximately 4:30 a.m. for Qualifications day, one of his favorite days of the year. Greeting him at the track was rain. Lots of it.
There’s nothing else like it.
Every April, Bloomington becomes obsessed with one thing: the Little 500. The day-long, non-stop action of Qualifications. The head-to-head rider battles in Individual Time Trials and Miss ‘N Out. The team challenge of Team Pursuit. And, of course, race day itself.
Spring finally bringing sunshine and warm weather back to Bloomington (usually). Fans painting their chests for their favorite teams. Students belting out their house chant. Straight No Chaser performing “Back Home Again in Indiana.” Fred Glass saying the magical words, “Riders, mount your Little 500 bicycles.” The crashes. The competition. The rivalry. The victory pose. The lone champion.
Ask anyone who has been before. There’s nothing else like it.