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What is a criterium

What is a criterium

A quick explainer

We explain the strategies, rules and tactics of one of the most exciting road race formats.

A Criterium race is a high-adrenaline and high-speed bike race consisting of several laps around a closed circuit. The length of each lap or circuit ranges from about 800m to 10,000m. Riders do a pre-determind number of laps or race for a fixed period of time. Riders race in teams and will work together to set team members up for the win. The race is won by classification at the finish of the last lap or by classification based on the number of laps covered and the number of points obtained during the intermediate sprints.