With thunderstorms forecasted during Miss N Out on Saturday, the IU Student Foundation canceled the race following the first round due to rain.
The event will not be rescheduled, but with the first 32 heats being completed, every registered rider got an opportunity to compete.
Miss N Out was scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. After the noon start, rain began pouring on and off throughout the remainder of the first round. IUSF and the Little 500 Riders Council announced the cancellation decision on social media after three hours of riding.
“We decided that the forecast was such that we didn’t want to continue racing,” said IUSF Assistant Director of Little 500 Races Andrea Balzano. “It was looking bad enough that we wanted to find a good place that we could break, and that was after the first round. Weather is really unpredictable so I do my best to make decisions in a timely manner.”
Before the Little 500 season, Balzano said safety is the top priority for the race. They want to make the race as safe as possible for the riders, whether it’s implementing yearly rule changes or making the decision to shut down a scheduled event the day of.
The Spring Series will come to a close on April 6 after the riders take the track during Team Pursuit. It will mark the final competitive race before the Little 500, which takes place on April 12 for the women and April 13 for the men.
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