True Ride On coach Isaac Simonelli takes the tarp off of his team’s bikes before the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The IU Student Foundation put out the bikes early in the morning, but because of the pre-race rain, tarps were put out later. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
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2011.04.21
Two weeks ago, my nearly four-year-old computer's hard drive flopped its last operation and left this world, taking a third of this semester's data with it. While getting a new hard drive and resetting my digital life, a lot of things happened. Assignments were taken, photo stories were scrapped and, in something that is so much more tragic than my petty problems, two photojournalists died in Libya.

In the interests of keeping the blog consistent, opening up more photos to public scrutiny and (let's be honest) show people my Little 500 photos like everyone else, I'll be using the next few entries to catch up, in slight reverse chronological order. We'll start with everyone's favorite event (no, seriously, it's awesome), the Little 500. I was posted outside the track for the women's race, and I followed Sigma Chi from the infield for the men's race. (Technically, I was the floater, but I put a transmitting mic on the coach, Tom Schwoegler, so I stayed around the team for a while so I could get enough material for a 17-minute podcast of the race.)

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Ride On coach Isaac Simonelli takes the tarp off of his team’s bikes before the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The IU Student Foundation put out the bikes early in the morning, but because of the pre-race rain, tarps were put out later. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Ride On coach Isaac Simonelli takes the tarp off of his team’s bikes before the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The IU Student Foundation put out the bikes early in the morning, but because of the pre-race rain, tarps were put out later. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Teter rider Lauren Gowdy looks back toward the crowd during warmups for the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Teter, who claimed the second spot in qualifications, won the race in 2010. Teter rider Lauren Gowdy looks back toward the crowd during warm-up for the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Teter, who claimed the second spot in qualifications, won the race in 2010. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Little 500 flagman Chap Blackwell talks with race officials before the start of the women’s Little 500. The rain stopped right before the race’s start. Little 500 flagman Chap Blackwell talks with race officials before the start of the women’s race. The rain stopped right before the race’s start. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Kappa Alpha Theta coach Kristen Metherd takes the sunglasses off her sister, Rachel, to talk to her in the pit during the women’s Little 500. Metherd had just crashed in turn one. Kappa Alpha Theta coach Kristen Metherd takes the sunglasses off her sister, Rachel, to talk to her in the pit during the women’s Little 500. Metherd had just crashed in turn one. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Wing It senior Virginia Parks yells at a Delta Zeta rider to not cut into her after a Delta Zeta exchange. Wing It senior Virginia Parks yells at a Delta Zeta rider to not cut into her after a Delta Zeta exchange. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Teter senior Caitlin Van Kooten hugs her parents, Mary and Rick, after winning the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Van Kooten’s team won the race for the second year in a row by lapping the field. Teter senior Caitlin Van Kooten hugs her parents, Mary and Rick, after winning the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Van Kooten’s team won the race for the second year in a row by lapping the field. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Delta Gamma fans cry after their team’s third place finish in the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Delta Gamma fans cry after their team’s third place finish in the women’s Little 500 on Friday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Race director Pam Loebig talks with Black Key Bulls before the men’s Little 500 on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. This was Loebig’s last year as race director. Race director Pam Loebig talks with Black Key Bulls before the men’s Little 500 on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. This was Loebig’s last year as race director. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Beta Theta Pi sophomore Andrew Ramon, junior Eric Anderson and sophomore Matt Green stretch in the middle of the track before the men’s Little 500. Beta Theta Pi sophomore Andrew Ramon, junior Eric Anderson and sophomore Matt Green stretch in the middle of the track before the men’s Little 500. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sigma Chi senior John Strickland and coach Tom Schwoegler watch pre-race warmups before the men’s Little 500. Schwoegler entered the first women’s team into the race, was a technical adviser for “Breaking Away” and coached the Acacia team to a men’s race victory in 1991. Sigma Chi senior John Strickland and coach Tom Schwoegler watch pre-race warmups before the men’s Little 500. Schwoegler entered the first women’s team into the race, was a technical adviser for “Breaking Away” and coached the Acacia team to a men’s race victory in 1991. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sigma Chi coach Tom Schwoegler yells instructions to his riders with the help of a dry-erase board. Sigma Chi coach Tom Schwoegler yells instructions to his riders with the help of a dry-erase board. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sigma Chi senior John Strickland gives advice to junior Drew Morrow before an exchange. Sigma Chi senior John Strickland gives advice to junior Drew Morrow before an exchange. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sigma Chi junior Drew Morrow yells after cramping up during a bike exchange. Sigma Chi junior Drew Morrow yells after cramping up during a bike exchange. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Cutters senior Eric Young waves a finger in the air after winning his team’s fifth straight men’s Little 500 race. Cutters senior Eric Young waves a finger in the air after winning his team’s fifth straight men’s Little 500 race. (IDS colleague Bruce Carver got a better shot, one without a lens covered in rain.) Alex Farris
Sigma Chi riders and coach Tom Schwoegler stand in the team’s pit after winning third place. The place is the fraternity’s highest finish in the race in more than a decade. Sigma Chi riders and coach Tom Schwoegler stand in the team’s pit after winning third place. The place is the fraternity’s highest position in the race in more than a decade. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris

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