Discussion Room

We’ve noticed everyone has taken a liking to talking about the race. So we’re giving you a place to do that, and just that.

Feel free to use this area to discuss anything and everything about the Little 500 — Qualifications, Spring Series, the race itself.

Please, no character attacks. Trash-talking is great, but slandering people isn’t. Let’s keep it clean. Or your post will be deleted.

 

 

2,137 thoughts on “Discussion Room

  1. Seeing a disturbing lack of character attacks during this trying time. Did we forget what 33to1 is about??? Seems like everyone is too busy virtue signaling their social distancing and/or getting dropped by Logan brown and Jazz Briggs at worlds to come up with some witty comments

  2. Fall is coming to an end, what teams are looking good this year? Men’s and women’s? Or just men’s or just women’s. I need something on here

    • Yo, did you guys start doing crack with no L5 this year? Fall started on September 22nd and this is week 5 of the semester.

  3. Spring 2021 – Wonder how will IUSF treat riders that have already had the virus compared to those that have not? And, is it true that the Cutters coaches are sending their riders to JB’s COVID parties hoping to also obtain herd immunity by Quals?

  4. Who ya got for Fall ITTs? Strobel at -50 is way too easy of a bet to take. Remember to account for your jewish bookie’s hidden fees :/

  5. ITTs will give a decent read into who really improved. Still lots of info left out on those teams that didn’t or couldn’t sign up for them this fall. Curious to see who top 5 is

  6. ITT’s had only 72 riders for men’s and women’s fields. Where the hell was everybody?? Was Andrew Lavalle too scared of ripping another 2:50+ Fall ITT to get Phi Si out there? Is Sig Ep too busy snorting coke in their bike shed to get out all their energy on the track? 2019 really was the last Little 500 if we’re gonna keep having only 31 teams take the track for quals.

    • You realize some greek houses were still on quarantine right? Unless u wanna put the entire race at risk by having potential covid ridden Greeks at the track

      • Yes, IUSF has tested 100,000 riders so far. It’s fairly impressive that an organization who can’t host MNO in the rain can manage to provide such quality Covid tests despite having no resources, authority, or means of doing so.

  7. According to the IU Covid webpage
    Chapters Directed to Quarantine
    1. Delta Phi Epsilon

    According to the IUSF “team captain” list. 31 Men’s and 29 Women’s teams.
    That includes the 1 quarantined team.

  8. Really? Greek teams being to SCARED to show face when it really matters? Just sell your equipment and turn your bike rooms into hazing dungeons if you’re not even going to participate in the community other than getting shit faced with RC and on riders week. Even the sororities showed out on Saturday.

    • “The Riders Council is made up of veteran riders that have been around the race. They are charged with increasing participation, ” – Cover Page of the Little 500 Rider Manual –

      So how about these 9 RC members who didn’t show up. Including EVERY RC Officer
      Natalie Peele (President) Kappa Kappa Gamma
      Matt Cooper Vice President Fiji
      Rhys ivory-Ganja Secretary Sig EP
      Jennifer Cech AOPi
      Pablo Fierst Garcia SigEP
      Andrew La Valle PhiPsi
      Margaret Nicholson Ski
      Nicholas Olsen Fiji
      Evie Peterson Melanzana

      • Love how all these people mentioned always advocate for the race! Unquestionably dedicates to cycling and pushing the race forward!

      • the RC officers this year are just embarrassing to little 5. done a piss poor job and clearly have no real interest in bettering lil 5, clearly all they wanted was a resume booster. no chance they can even pull off a fair lil 5 race this year

      • I want to inform you that many the people you named could not participate for various reasons. These reasons range from having or recovering from covid, training with immuno-compromised teammates, and not being allowed to race because of their Greek House affiliation. Even I narrowly decided to race ITTs after recovering from covid the week prior.

        I hope you’re trolling or misinformed. Otherwise, please refrain from attacking amazing people when you have no idea what’s going on in their lives. Anonymously attacking people over an intramural bike race is not a productive use of your (or anyone’s) time.

  9. Madame IUSF Director,

    I mean, seriously,…what is the REAL criteria for RC membership, it can’t be what’s stated in the manual. How can a person who’s Little 500 career looks like this be on RC, much less President.

    2018 Race 25th (8 laps down)
    2019 Race 24th (10 laps down)
    2018 Quals 27th
    2019 Quals 24th
    2018 ITT’s 129th
    2019 ITT’s 138th

    • Considering AB doesn’t have sufficient experience herself, it will affect everything below her. AB has no real involvement in cycling outside Little 500, and her L5 experience was mediocre at best.

      Little 500 needs a RD that has experience cycling outside of L5 and can apply those experiences towards creating a culture that can keep up with the times. There’s many recent riders within the past 2-3 years who could run an efficient race.

  10. I hear a lot of fraternities (thus Jet Blach too) are sitting out until the women’s race is 200 laps, a women’s Breaking Away rendition is made, and Andrea runs the Beer Mile.

  11. Can these conversations happen in RC meetings and not in 33to1? Isn’t that what your supposed to do? Discuss issues within the race and the community and help fix them? Why hide in here? We’re all adults, call out each other if you need to.

    • No, they cannot, you do exactly what Andrea says or you are toast. There is no race, there is no effective RC, there are no coaches and there is certainly no community. There is Andrea, period.
      Andrea controls RC the way she controls the race, with her substantial ego, not asking what riders think, just telling us what we are supposed to do. I was on RC and the meetings ended up 15 minutes long with no discussion on non-Andrea approved topics. I finally just quit going. I’ll bet unless to are on RC, she won’t even let you attend.
      And as director, she’ll just be worse. Is it true she banned coaches from ITT’s ? Even if that is not true, she operates in a near-total news blackout mode. Their social media presence is somewhere between pathetic and non-existent. The handful (that’s one handful) of IDS ads send you to the IUSF website. But if you click “Events” it is blank and has been blank for the past 4 years. I was once told that Andrea cares about 2 things. 1. Andrea and 2. perceived threats against Andrea. I was skeptical at first, but I’m a true believer now.
      ITT’s last week were a stealth event. If she cared about the event, the riders, the IUSF members, the IU community, L5 alumni she would have set up a webcam and webcast the event. I heard stories about how there used to be a the rider community, how they had a voice and it was a voice IUSF valued. No more. For IUSF, every challenge is considered a threat and ultimately comes down to “No Comment” or you are out. As she told some riders a while back, “I decide who rides in Little 500”. That is as much a threat as anything. This is the regime you all operate under. and the riders deserve better, the coaches and L5 alumni deserve better, IU deserves better. But most of all Little 500 deserves better! This board is the closest you have to a voice and voice that has been silent far too long. Andrea has gone virtually unchallenged and the one time she was challenged, she invented some rules (without any student input) and got rid of the threat. And be clear, that threat was not to Little 500 it was a threat to Andrea Balzano. IUSF Director. You all need to realize that you don’t need Andrea as much as she needs you.

  12. Am I the only one fully ready to quit if the race doesnt happen this year? Talk of potential alternatives if pack riding still isnt allowed…..

    • “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”

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