The Bloomington Criterium enters its Second Year bringing electricity to the streets of Downtown Bloomington .
The Bloomington Criterium is ready to build on its success from 2013 with the 2014 race scheduled for Saturday August 23rd, 2014. With the same course and same race format it is going to be another great day to be downtown.
Same-day registration opens at 10:00 AM, and for each event closes twenty minutes prior to scheduled start time. Race numbers for an event must be picked up before registration closes for that event, please plan accordingly. Onsite registration will be located just west of the finish line. Event held rain or shine. Helmets required while on a bike. Held under USA Cycling permit 2014-469. All USAC rules apply.
Parking, parking parking...wait, aren't we riding out bikes? Parking is available in one of two parking decks downtown.
What is a Criterium?
A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course often held on blocked-off city streets. The course is short, usually less than 5 km, and is a closed circuit, where riders complete multiple laps. Riders typically race for a given length of time, then complete a specified number of laps. An example would be a race of 60 minutes plus three laps.
In addition to the typical method of determining a winner -- first rider across the finish line -- many crits have prizes that can be won while the race is in progress. Called primes (pronounced "preems"), these are given for winning specific laps along the way and are frequently cash prizes or merchandise.
are especially nice for watching in-person as the riders pass by a given point many times over the course of a race.