Our Bike Team
Lambda Chi Alpha has a rich history of participating in and winning the Men's Little 500 Bike Race. Little 500, or Little 5 as it is colloquially known, is an annual bike race that takes place ever spring here in Bloomington, IN. The 50 mile race was founded in 1951, and is modeled after the Indianapolis 500.The race is incredibly competitive and exciting, and is always guaranteed to be a good time.
Do you ride? We're always looking to improve our team, and if you are a rider of any ability we would love for you to contact any member on our bike team to learn more about training and competition. You can find the contact information for the captain of our bike team below. Feel free to contact him with any questions you have regarding Lambda Chi Cycling.
Long before the actual event takes place, there are a number of events that occur to put racer's training to the test. These events include:
- Qualifications- Teams participate in a mock time trial race to qualify for the actual Little 500 race
- Individual Time Trials- Essentially individual qualifications
- Miss-N-Out- Mock race with heats of 5-8 riders
- Team Pursuit- Two teams of four race in a pace line for 15 laps
Over the years, Little 500 has grown in popularity, and he gained significant coverage by the national media. In 1979, a movie, Breaking Away, was made about the event, and since then many celebrities including Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama have been in attendance.
"I've attended Super Bowls, World Series and the Monaco Grand Prix, but the coolest event that I ever attended was the Little 500" - Seven Time Tour de France Winner, Lance Armstrong