Spring is upon us, and with that comes the stress and busyness the end of the semester brings. To counterbalance this, there are also a slew of lively events happening around campus and the city of Bloomington. Perhaps one of the most popular events that takes place in April every year is the Little 500 bike race.
The race was started in 1951 by the Indiana University Student Foundation. In 1988, a women’s race was also started. Both events raise money for scholarships through IUSF, and to date have raised over one million dollars for working IU students. This year, the races will be held on April 15th and 16th at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The races can also be heard on the radio or watched through a live video stream. More information on that can be found through IUSF.
How can the library help you prepare for the races? Here are some ideas:
Breaking Away: A film released in 1979 that follows a group of four friends who have just graduated high school in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, and end up competing in the Little 500 after clashing repeatedly with Indiana University students. The movie was filmed around campus and Bloomington. Copies of this film can be found at various libraries around campus.
The Little 500: According to the IU Press, this book is “the definitive history of Indiana University’s legendary bike race, The Little 500, a spring tradition since 1951 (and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film Breaking Away). Schwarb goes behind the scenes with winning teams and heartbroken losers, and chronicles the weekend’s effect on a growing campus and ever-changing student body.”
Everything is Bicycle: The Lilly library is currently holding an exhibition on bicycles. The exhibition chronicles the history of the bicycle, from its rise to popularity in the 1890’s to the role of the bicycle here at Indiana University and in Bloomington.