A criterium is a biycle race conducted on a short course over roads that have been closed to traffic, usually consisting of multiple laps on a winding, looped track.
But that is just the pared down definition. Seeing a criterium, or “crit,” in real life is one of the most exciting spectator sports there is!
Races commonly last an hour, with length determined by the number of laps or total time. There’s never a dull moment as the peloton, the term for a pack of riders, negotiates corners at high speeds, with wheels only fractions of inches apart. They stick together until one or several riders are able to shoot to the front of the pack, gaining advantage on pure strength alone. Those who have ridden off the front are often reeled back in shortly after due to the peloton’s strength of numbers and decreased air resistance. As a result, the lead often changes many times during the crit, and riders work in teams to put their strongest contestants in the lead.
The crit has it all: excitement, strategy, strength, and speed. Don’t miss the Grove Criterium.
About the Neighborhood
The Grove is a growing vibrant business and entertainment district along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer in St. Louis City. In the Grove you can find a diversity of independently owned restaurants, nightlife, retail, and services. It is also home to the premier nightlife in the area, and is a thriving center for the LGBT, artist, and cycling communities in the St. Louis area.