Coimbatore Criterium – 2014
Criterium is a short road race, on a circuit. Criteriums are fast races, often involving technical (lots of corners!) courses with close competition. Race length can be determined by a number of laps or total time, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line without having been “lapped.”
Events often have prizes (called primes, pronounced “preems”) for winning specific intermediate laps. Success in criteriums require a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly while “holding your line” on the road, and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional “sprint” ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners.