True Members and coaches for the Sigma Phi Epsilon team huddle before their 8 a.m. run in the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday, Mar. 27, 2011, at Indiana University's Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. The team's four-lap time of 2:36.36 qualified for the 25th of 33 spots in the men's Little 500 race on Apr. 16. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
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2011.03.27
I was studying in Madrid last spring, so I missed my favorite time of year: Little 500. The annual bike race and all its trappings bring out the best in college sports drama (and, in the week of the races, the best/worst of college partying). The season kicks off during Rookie Week in early March, but the real feeling starts the weekend of Quals, which happened Saturday. I was scheduled for the first session, starting at 8 a.m., so I got as many photos as I could without breaking off my fingers in the near-freezing weather.

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Members and coaches for the Sigma Phi Epsilon team huddle before their 8 a.m. run in the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Members and coaches for the Sigma Phi Epsilon team huddle before their 8 a.m. run in the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday, Mar. 27, 2011, at Indiana University's Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. The team's four-lap time of 2:36.36 qualified for the 25th of 33 spots in the men's Little 500 race on Apr. 16. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Junior Bryan Howaniec of Acacia warms up at 7:30 a.m., before the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Acacia's first qualifying run was scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Junior Bryan Howaniec of Acacia warms up at 7:30 a.m., before the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Acacia's first qualifying run was scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Alex Farris
Fans and members of Sigma Phi Epsilon cheer before the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Many of the fraternity's pledges reserved the seats at 7:15 a.m. for the team's 8 a.m. run. Fans and members of Sigma Phi Epsilon cheer before the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Many of the fraternity's pledges reserved the seats at 7:15 a.m. for the team's 8 a.m. run. Alex Farris
Sigma Phi Epsilon junior Ryan Sapp hands off to sophomore Drew Coelho during their Little 500 qualifying run Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Sigma Phi Epsilon junior Ryan Sapp hands off to sophomore Drew Coelho during their Little 500 qualifying run Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Alex Farris
Sophomore John Ferry of Acacia waits for his team's 8:15 a.m. qualifying run during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Sophomore John Ferry of Acacia waits for his team's 8:15 a.m. qualifying run during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The team's time of 2:38.27 qualified for 30th of 33 places. Alex Farris
Senior IU Student Foundation Steering Committee member Kevin Koven lifts up senior member Rachel Black during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Koven is on the Little 500 Cycling Committee (L5C2), and Black is in charge of bringing back Little 500 Sweetheart. Senior IU Student Foundation Steering Committee member Kevin Koven lifts up senior member Rachel Black during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Koven is on the Little 500 Cycling Committee (L5C2), and Black is in charge of bringing back the Little 500 Sweetheart competition. Alex Farris
Junior Thomas Walsh of the Cutters watches junior Kevin Depasse after handing off the bike during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Cutters set the early standard for pole position with a four-lap time of 2:26.46. Junior Thomas Walsh of the Cutters watches junior Kevin Depasse after handing off the bike during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Cutters, a non-greek independent team and defending champion, set the early standard for pole position with a four-lap time of 2:26.46, but Sigma Nu fraternity bumped them to second place with a time of 2:25.91. Alex Farris
Senior Brian Holthouse of Gray Goat Cycling hands off the bike to senior Zach Trogdon during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Senior Brian Holthouse of Gray Goat Cycling hands off the bike to senior Zach Trogdon during the first session of Little 500 qualifications Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The independent team qualified for 12th place with a time of 02:32.51. Alex Farris

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