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"Forest was resurrected as part of a Residence Hall community building initiative coordinated by the Residential Programs and Services division in 2011.
Forest was a new team that year and registered with a team full of rookie riders. The team failed to qualify in 2011 due to a series of botched exchanges at Qualifications. Forest was unable to race in the Little 500.
2011-2012 was a transition year for Forest. Two members from the 2011 team had decided to ride for another residence hall team, and one member had left the team. The remaining returning rider for Forest was in a tough spot to create a team for the coming year.
Teter was in the process of creating a team in 2012 and also had issues finding riders. Two Teter riders and an experienced coach agreed to come to the Forest team. A foundation was set for the next several years.
Forest qualified in 2012 in 20th position. This was the first Forest team to enter the race in over 5 years.
Forest finished in 16th place at the 2012 Little 500 and were set to return the entire rookie team for the next year.
Forest qualified in 2013 at 19th place. The team finished 16th again at the 2013 Little 500.
Forest qualified in 17th and finished 13th at the Little 500 race in 2014.
Returning the most experienced team in the field in 2015, Forest had its best year in the history of the race. Forest qualified in 11th and finished a team record 5th place at the Little 500. The team took home the “Sportsmanship” and “Top Residence Hall Team” awards that year.
With one veteran rider returning to the team in 2016, Forest finished 23rd at Qualifications and 10th in the big race. The team took home another “Top Residence Hall Team” award that year.
2017 returns a large core of riders from the 2016 team.
Brian Barnes, Sophomore
Hank Duncan, Sophomore, Student Coach
Colin Evans, Senior
Joseph Hunt, Senior
Kevin O'Malley, Senior
Sam Patterson, Senior
Parker Rauschuber, Junior
Johnathan Steenport, Junior
Every year, approximately 600 Indiana University students participate in the Men's and Women's Little 500 bicycle races in Bloomington, Indiana. Not only does this iconic Hoosier race offer an incredible leadership opportunity for students racing in and volunteering for the race, but it also generates critical financial support for deserving IU students.
In addition to competing on the track, Little 500 teams also compete off the track as well. Each year, teams raise funds that go directly to Little 500 rider scholarships—this program is for the riders, by the riders. Funds raised in our Cycling for Scholarships program also contribute to the IU Student Foundation’s portion of the For All IU campaign, which will supplement the development of student leaders for years to come.
You can show your support by helping your favorite Little 500 team's Cycling for Scholarships effort, or simply "play the field" by making a gift in honor of all the men and women who will make the 2017 Little 500 weekend another great success.
This year, every team that raises $500+ will be entered into a contest to wear a candy-stripe jersey on race day. Teams will submit an essay or video compilation explaining why they, as a team, ride in the Little 500. Essays and videos will be judged by IUSF philanthropy committee students, and the winning men’s and women’s teams will be announced at our Final Race Briefing on Monday, April 17.
You can make a gift today, or go the extra mile and use the "fundraise for this campaign" button to personally help fundraise for your team. This can provide them with the opportunity to win this year's Cycling for Scholarships competition and have the honor of wearing the first candy stripe jersey on race day.
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