What is a criterium?
A criterium, or crit, is a bike race consisting of several laps around a closed circuit. The length of each lap on the Indy Crit is about .95 miles. The riders will circuit this course every 2-3 minutes.
The length of Indy Crit races are determined by a pre-set total time which varies for the different rider skill levels. The total number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses based on the speed of the peleton, the main body of riders. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line on the final lap without having been "lapped".
We prefer to liken the Indy Crit to the Indy 500.....only bikes not cars racing around a road track.
What is a prime?
The Indy Crit offers prizes OR primes (pronounced /priːmz/) including cash or prizes that are provided by our sponsors for winning specific intermediate laps. A bell is usually rung to announce to the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prime.
What does is take to be successful in a criterium race?
Success in road criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills. In particular, riders must have the ability to corner smoothly and rapidly and possess exceptional "sprint" ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate out of the corners. Sprinting ability is particularly important at the Indy Crit as the course contains ten 90-degree corners on every lap.