A criterium is a cycling race held on a closed short course, usually on urban streets. These are exciting races, for a number of reasons. Unlike the Tour de France, where you can stand alongside the road and see all the riders pass by once, you can stand by the road and watch the riders pass by a number of times. You can also easily move to different locations so you can see the riders in turns, on straightaways, and on a little hill. The turns are tight, and you can typically stand very close to the action. I’ve been to the past three CSC Invitational bike races held in Clarendon, and had a good time each time.
Washington, DC is hosting the the first Capital Criterium next Sunday, September 21. The course is as depicted here:
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The race will include Olympic and Professional riders, including TdF 5th place finisher Christian Vande Velde of team Garmin Chipotle.
If anyone is interested in meeting up, I’ll be arriving around 10:30am to see the children’s race (200 meters for under 7, 1 lap for the older kids up to 11). I’ll have my cell phone with me, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the number. If anyone is interested in going to lunch during the Men’s race (it’s about 1:45 long, from 11:30 until 85 laps are complete), I can put together a table at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, also on the map above. Please post a comment either here or on GGW so I know what size table to arrange.
Criterium photo Courtesy Steve Wampler on Flickr