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 having 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!