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Old 03-30-05, 05:17 PM
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newbie ? on Crit, cir, and road race

I'm a new biker (started in december, and am in the junior 13-14 catagory) and never done a race of any kind. so, one, how does a crit race work. is it do as many laps as possible in give time period. and whats with this final lap bell thing.
circuit. i have know clue on. longer form of crit?
road race is like a group ride but faster right.

help is much apreciated. thanks
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Old 03-30-05, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by d-new
I'm a new biker (started in december, and am in the junior 13-14 catagory) and never done a race of any kind. so, one, how does a crit race work. is it do as many laps as possible in give time period. and whats with this final lap bell thing.
circuit. i have know clue on. longer form of crit?
road race is like a group ride but faster right.

help is much apreciated. thanks

criterium-timed or distance event on a short circuit. Bell means one lap to the finish.

road race-usually a point to point race over a known distance and varying terrain. Pace will depend on conditions/fitness of the field/level of attacking etc etc
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Crit - timed race around a short course, lots of sprinting out of corners, attacks, etc .

Circuit - like a criterium but much longer, several miles or more, much longer distances (like 30 or so miles), slower than crits but can be fast\

Road - Point to point, like above, varying course, hills and flats.
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First of all, Criterium is a French word that means "selection match or race", but it doesn't appear in my French dictionary.
OK, we're off to a great start.
A Criterium is held on a short course (1k to 1.5 miles in length) that is closed to traffic. Usually somewhat flast and contains 4 or more corners. The race might be a distance of 20 laps, or it might be measured using time+distance such as 60 minutes + 3 laps. Customarily, they are fast and furious, slightly dangerous, and very spectator-friendly. The biggest challenge, for some, is the act of negotiating the corners in a group. That scares a LOT of people, but apparently doesn't inspire them to PRACTICE.

A Circuit Race is held on a longer course such as 2 to 4 miles. Might have a sharp corner on it, but ordinarily it has a hill or two on it to pose a challenge to racers. Race distance might be a little longer than a Crit. Speeds are fast but not as furious.
A Road Race might be between 50 and 125 miles long on a course that might be semi-closed to traffic. Usually held on a hilly course that's about 4 to 10 miles per lap. The longer distances of a RR make for a tactically different type of racing. Not necessarily slower.

None of these formats are better than the other. Just different.
Pick your favorite. Have fun.
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