Criterium: noun \krī-ˈtir-ē-əm\
A criterium or crit is a cycling race that takes place on a closed course. The race consists of laps and each lap is usually about 1 mile in distance or less.
Criteriums are the most popular form of amateur racing. They are the easiest races logistically to organize and the most common races on the race calendar.
Crits are generally a shorter duration than a typical road race lasting between 45 minutes to an hour. The courses are generally technical in nature and require techincal bike handling skills and tight pack riding skills from the racers. The pace of a crit is generally very high and average speeds can range from the low 20’s to 30+ mph. cornering and maintaining a line are important skills to master before entering a crit race.
Check out the video below from the lads at GCN for a tutorial on how to corner in a bunch.