Evolution of the Cardinal Omnium

The Cardinal Omnium is an ambitious bicycle race that started as a one-day circuit race named the Cardinal Criterium at Long Run Park in Louisville in the Spring of 2016.

Since then, the bike race expanded to a two-day event in 2017, with two circuits– one at Long Run Park and one at Shawnee Park.

In 2018, the plans have gotten so much bigger and better that we had to change the name of the race to the Cardinal Omnium. It’s going to be rad, so stay tuned!

What is an Omnium?

It’s a fancy word to describe a points tabulation system to crown an overall champion of a multi-event race. It’s a system designed to benefit the most well-rounded competitor, one who can conquer any race format thrown towards them. This year, the Cardinal Criterium is going to become one event in the Cardinal Omnium, which will crown an overall winner at the conclusion of the final race of the final day.

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!

What other races are in the Cardinal Omnium?

At the time of writing, we’re not at liberty to quite share that yet! Omniums sometimes feature a combination of different events such as time trials, road races, criteriums or a compilation of the same format at different locations. The possibilities are endless!