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Downers Grove Crit.. What is a CRIT????(18 posts)

Downers Grove Crit.. What is a CRIT????t-moore
Mar 7, 2003 10:52 AM
It's them little furry things that crawl everywhere. nmeschelon
Mar 7, 2003 11:04 AM
You know,..........Possum's and other tasties.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 7, 2003 11:10 AM
Like dem down at da ceement pond pa?(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Mar 7, 2003 11:50 AM
(Come on guys, jeesh) Circular Riding & Incline Trial. nm128
Mar 7, 2003 11:15 AM
female anatomy 101 - japanese edition (so sooolllyy) NmSpirito
Mar 7, 2003 11:34 AM
OOHH!! You very bad man! nmSpunout
Mar 7, 2003 12:00 PM
;-) ... only on Fliday's .... Arigato, Spunout-san. NMSpirito
Mar 7, 2003 12:07 PM
LOLOLOL!!!! nmNo_sprint
Mar 7, 2003 2:17 PM
it's short for criterium ...sacheson
Mar 7, 2003 11:42 AM
... if you want any more than that, take the initiative and do a Google search.
roller derby on bikeslonefrontranger
Mar 7, 2003 11:43 AM
Criterium "crit" racing is the most popular style of racing in the U.S. as it encapsulates all the speed and excitement of road racing into a small, contained NASCAR-type format that Americans can comprehend. Run thusly:

Take a small area (say 4x4 city blocks) and enclose a portion so that no traffic can get on. Include as many corners as possible without crossing track within a length of oh, somewhere between 1K and 2 miles. Now add a souped-up PA system blaring techno music, a knowledgeable MC, a decent cash prize list and about 120 starving division 3 pros who've been living in the back of their brother-in-law's '73 Cadillac for the past 2 months. Wind 'em up and set 'em off for about 90 minutes of shoulder-to-shoulder bump and grind ear-bleeding fun and frenzy. While you're at it, get the crowd beered up and convince 'em to kick in crowd "primes" (lap prizes) - this is where a good MC can make a race a real crowd pleaser. When the bell rings, the next man across wins whatever's in the kitty, be it a box of Powerbars or that $1500 Kristin mentioned. Watch 'em all crash themselves silly trying to get their insolvent grubby little roadie claws on that cash!

Crits are best explained by going to watch one. Don't try one though, 'cos all that speed, fear and pain is addictive like habanero peppers and roller coaster rides.
now imagine an old lady walking in with grocery cartcyclopathic
Mar 7, 2003 12:03 PM
actually happend in local crit. I am surprized pile up was only half big as you'd expect.
..or dog off leash, mayhem! nmSpunout
Mar 7, 2003 12:05 PM
yikes, man! I saw that one! (nm)rockbender
Mar 7, 2003 5:54 PM
yep or homeless drunks... or rattlesnakeslonefrontranger
Mar 7, 2003 12:14 PM
this happened at Ft. Wayne crit a few years back; some old homeless loopy bum wandered out into the finish sprint just as the 35+ race was coming in for the last 50 meters of a $100 cash prime sprint. I am amazed no one died that day, a testament to the Masters' racers' handling skills for sure.

My favorite was the kamikaze pack of squirrels we had in a suburban crit my SO and I promoted a few years back. Stupid little furballs never got it figured out...

The sketchiest was when a rattlesnake decided to take a morning sun in the midst of our women's Cat 4/35+ crit last year. Not only was that a big field, but you can imagine the effect of a riled-up 6' buzzworm on 30 mostly rookie women racers (since Women's 4 is already the scariest field in bike racing, the end result was not pretty). He actually stuck his head up and struck towards the pack, but fortunately the road was wide. Never heard such a screeching and caterwauling before in my life, echh!
drunks, or, under the influence of other recreational substancesnoveread
Mar 7, 2003 2:20 PM
There is a crit here in town that takes place in one of the more liberal parts of the city, and for Madison, WI, that is really saying something! :)

Anyway, the locals who are frequently doing, er, recreational things, can make the race interesting. And I don't mean just the typical wandering out onto the course or what have you. But imagine a whole bunch of, uh, reacreationalists partaking in one relatively small area with just the right amount of breeze. Then add in a bunch of tiny, super-fit cyclists with NO tolerance! Ha-ha! Nothing bad happened fortunately, but I heard a few of the cyclists talking about how they did feel the effects of the smell in the air along that one particular stretch of the course!

Noveread
I wish it were blaring techno!!!No_sprint
Mar 7, 2003 2:27 PM
The outfit that gets most of the work announcing around here, regardless of who is promoting, plays the same 80s new wave week in week out, year in, year out. Missing Persons, Flock of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, etc. Granted I grew up on the stuff but sheesh, some change would be oh so very nice.

It's truly haunting each year to line up for the first race of the year and it's always the same. I Ran, I Ran, I ran so far awaaaayyy, I f*#)ing want to run away YOU BET!!!!
roller derby on bikeskoala
Mar 8, 2003 4:31 AM
LFR, have you considered a career in writing? You have a natural talent for tongue in cheek embellishment. The thing I remember most about these races is the crashing silly part. No matter how strong some riders were, it didnt mean they could handle a bicycle.