Rainbow Cycling Increases Diversity at Women’s Little 5

Posted on April 20, 2011



The typically Greek-dominated Little 500 has seen major increases in diversity in recent years. This year, Rainbow Cycling became the first team to represent the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Community at the Women’s Race.

Although no members of the team are members of the GLBT community themselves, rider Rachel Curley said they are allies and happy to represent the community.

Since its start in 1951, the majority of competitors in the Little 500 have come from the Greek sororities and fraternities on campus. Minority teams like La Mezcla, a hispanic women’s team, and Lioness, a Black women’s team have emerged, but up until this year, no GLBT team had competed in the women’s race.

The diversity these teams add is not just on the track, but it extends into the stands. More diverse teams means more diverse crowds, which allows a greater number of students to become involved with the Little 5 culture that normally wouldn’t.

Although the Little 500 is still seen as a mostly Greek event, there are signs that this perception is changing. This year, 3 of the top 5 women’s teams were non-Greek; with Teter taking the win for the second year in a row.

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