For better or worse, criteriums are how we race bikes in America. At their best they are NASCAR-lite… bright, loud, drunk. Raw. Savage. And fast, so fast. Exhilaratingly fast. Feel the wind and the Whoosh when they come past fast. At their worst, they are dangerous and depressing, anemically spectated, under appreciated; a boring circle sport only mildly entertaining for the racers, and maybe a commendably committed partner and/or family member—forget about spectators. Whatever the reality is on any given day, they are as close to a bona fide fist fight as cycling gets anymore, and seriously, from Saturday Night Lights and small town America to the remaining privateers still making the rodeo circuit in their Subaru Brats and Honda Civicsracing make-or-break-winnings-style, American Criteriums (crits son!) are rowdy.

June 9, 2017 - June 11, 2017
2017 Tulsa Tough

The three days of Critsmas.

April 25, 2015 -
2015 Red Hook Criterium

The 2015 Red Hook Criterium Instagram Olympics.

July 12, 2014 - July 12, 2014
2014 Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium

I am alone and bored in high summer Boise, just days past our nation’s birthday.

June 19, 2014 - June 29, 2014
2014 Tour of America’s Dairyland

While competing in Tour of America’s Dairyland, Team CLIF Bar Cycling not only raced in professional-level criteriums for 11 consecutive days, but Team CLIF Bar Cycling also undertook the challenge of watching 24 movies, including the complete Harry Potter series.

June 6, 2014 - June 8, 2014
2014 Tulsa Tough

Tulsa is in fact, tough. While that may sound trite or obvious or simplistic, it’s the truth.

April 26, 2014 - March 3, 2014
2014 Speed Week

One of the Greatest Most Sketchiest Spectacles of Speed on Earth; #NASCAR #critlife #shitson #knifefight Wow, just wow!!!

March 29, 2014 - October 11, 2014
2014 Red Hook Criterium

The 2014 Brooklyn Red Hook Criterium Instagram Olympics.

July 14, 2012 -
2012 Boise Twilight Criterium

"When the race started it was dry and warm, but after 20 minutes the rain started and it was like racing on an ice rink."

April 26, 2012 - May 6, 2012
2012 Speed Week

"We don't race for money. We race to win."

June 10, 2011 - June 12, 2011
2011 Tulsa Tough

"When it’s sketchy and nasty, barring mistakes or accidents, if it’s your race, it’s your race. The rest of us just want to get it over with."


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