The Little 500: The Story of the World’s Greatest College Weekend

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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. Over 150 color and B&W photos take you to the heart of the action.

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John Schwarb is a 1996 graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He covered the Little 500 for three years for the Indiana Daily Student, and spent two years after college researching The Little 500 and freelancing for the Indiana Alumni Magazine. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and now lives in Florida. This is his first book.

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Book Description Indiana University Press. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Little 500: The Making of the World's Greatest College Weekend, John Schwarb, For nearly fifty years, the spring air in Bloomington, Indiana has been filled with the sounds of bicycles and the anticipation of one of America's great college events - the Little 500. In 1951 Howdy Wilcox and a group of Indiana University students founded the event, a bicycle race patterned after the Indianapolis 500, in an effort to raise scholarship money for working students. The first installment was a smashing success, and the race continues to this day. The "Little 500" is the never-before-published story of the Little 500 and its trials and tribulations as Indiana University's biggest campus event.From its simple beginnings in the 1950s the IU Student Foundation-run, Little 500 evolved into an entire weekend of activities, including everything from a tricycle race to headliner shows featuring renowned stars such as Bob Hope. The bicycle race always remained the main act, including some of the campus' best athletes, a few of whom went on to national prominence as cyclists. Some of the best teams became legendary, and a few suffered heartbreak in a race that sometimes decided its winner by the smallest of margins.This book tells the stories of those teams and the top riders, and chronicles the effect the weekend has had on a growing campus and ever-changing student body. Mount Your Roadmasters also tells the story of 'Breaking Away', the Academy Award-winning film based on the "Little 500", as well as the creation of the women's Little 500 race. Its immense popularity drew fans from across the Midwest and a reputation for partying and debauchery took hold in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but the enthusiasm of its organizers and participants helped the Little 500 endure. In these pages those stories are also brought to light, and a look is taken into the future of what has long been known as 'The World's Greatest College Weekend'. Bookseller Inventory # B9780253335739

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