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Criterium format(3 posts)

Criterium formatnewtoracin
Feb 8, 2002 11:50 AM
I know this subject has probably come up before, however, I could not find anything on it. What is the format? Does the bell always signify the last lap? Is there any way anyone knows when 5 or 4 or 3 laps are left? In a 55 minute criterium, is the format 55 minutes plus one lap? Thank you.
re: Criterium formatbrider
Feb 8, 2002 12:29 PM
Generally, the format will be a specified time plus one or two laps. That should be announced at the start line. Does the bell ALWAYS signify the last lap? No. There may be intermediate prime (pronounced preem) sprints for prizes. These will also be announced at the start (the number of primes, not necessarily when they will be). Either have a clock running on your cyclocomputer, or watch for a lap board to signify which bell is for the last lap. An aside on primes -- it's actually a good time to take a flyer if you're really feeling sporty (and can get a couple others to go with you). When every one is gunning for the prime (usually just 3-4 riders really go for these, the others back off as soon as it's apparent that they won't get it), get just behind these guys and hang on. When they sit up after the sprint, launch an attack of your own. You'll be surprised how much of a lead you can get in a hurry with this tactic. Then TT you way as long as you can go. I've won more than one crit this way, as I had a very good TT speed, but sucked at sprints.
re: Criterium formatJuniorRacerFL
Feb 8, 2002 3:48 PM
At all fo the crits they have a lap counter and they have a timer that each time you pass the start/finish line you can see how much more time is left than once it gets to zero it shows how many laps you have to go. Usually its 55 minutes plus 5 laps but those are just from the races ive been in.