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One Day in April

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Four teams of collegiate cyclists compete for championship glory in the Little 500. A year’s worth of training and pure pride are on the line in a single race where victory is measured in inches.


“One Day in April” is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the triumphs and failures of four collegiate cyclist teams competing with each other to win the Little 500. The film is a bittersweet portrait of life in the Midwest which captures the emotion and excitement from training through race day.

…portrait of a competition that means much to the town and everything to its participants. In a once-a-year event like this, there is no tomorrow.

At a time when collegiate athletics is navigating an increasingly uncomfortable intersection of profit and competition, the Little 500 remains an example of pure sport in America’s heartland. Through the stories of the men and women who make up the Little 500 community, “One Day in April” is a testament to the virtue that sports can demonstrate and the role they play in building a community and the role they play in forging kinships rarely savored otherwise.