Cycling Definitions | Criterium

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.

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Crit Racers in Golden, CO

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.

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Devin Rhinehart riding in a group

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.

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Golden, CO Crit Racing

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Early Season Crit Racing in Colorado

The strava activity map below is from one of our favorite Crits around. It is the P2P’s Mid-Week Race Series in Golden, CO called the CSP crit.

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CSP Crit Race Golden, CO

Check out the video below from the lads at GCN for a tutorial on how to corner in a bunch.


Cycling Definitions | Pace Line

Pace Line: noun \ˈpāsˈlīn\

A formation in cycling where a group rides in a line taking turns at the front, sharing the draft to conserve energy, and travel faster than an individual could travel alone.

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Team DLA Piper Pace Line during The Triple Bypass

A proper pace line can be the most thrilling experience on a bike. It is team work at its’ finest. Normal people assume cycling is an individual sport. They do not understand the thrill of doing work on the front of a paceline or getting towed along by the rest of your team mates at high speed.

There are multiple ways of pacelining. The two most common ways inlcude single line pace lining and double line pace lining.

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Team VR7 working pace lining in Silverthorne, CO

With the single pace line each individual takes a turn pulling at the front before dropping back and taking their place at the end. In a double pace line there are two lines and one line is pulling through faster than the other. When the rider at the front of the fast line passes the first rider in the slower line they get over and take the front of the slow line allowing the guy behind them to pull through. See the video below for a great example of a double line pace line.

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VR7 Joining the Worlds Pace Line heading up Deer Creek

Check out the link below to watch a pro pace line firing on all cylinders thanks to Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies