What is a Criterium?

There are many formats of bicycle racing. Originated in France, the Criterium (Crih-teh-ree-oom) is arguably the most exciting and spectator-friendly road-race format.

A “Crit” is a timed, short-circuit event in which racers do several laps, with the winner┬áhaving covered the most laps in the shortest amount of time.

The way distance is usually calculated by officials is a simple formula. They time the first lap, and use that split to predict how many laps will be done in a 30, 45 or 60 minute period.

Example: If beginner men (Category 5) do a 2-minute first lap, officials estimate that they will do 15 laps in a 30 minute race. The rider that finishes the 15th lap first wins!

Evolution of the Cardinal Criterium

The Cardinal Criterium started as a one-day event in 2015, but it has since grown to a full weekend of racing. Simply put, the name “Cardinal Criterium” just stuck even though it only names one of the many events in the weekend!