What is a Criterium?
A criterium is a bike race on a short, closed-circuit course, usually under a mile in length and lasting 30 to 60 minutes. Criteriums are great fun for spectators because you can walk around the entire course and see racers fly by every few minutes at nearly 30 miles per hour, in very close proximity to one another! The Littleton Twilight Criterium takes place on the streets of Historic Downtown Littleton with lots of corners, speed, and action on the 0.8-mile course, and featuring many of the best racers in the nation! The event is part of both USA Cycling’s National Calendar, and the top-level USA Crit Series. There will be seven races and a Cruiser Ride (open to the general public), highlighted by the men’s and women’s professional races under the lights.
Littleton Twilight Criterium part of the USA CRITS Series
Criteriums are America’s most enduring form of bicycle racing, transforming vibrant downtowns into world-class cycling arenas. Unlike other professional sports, bicycle racing in America has no ticketed income source, and unlike running or triathlons, no large participation base to fund the events and athletes. The sport can only grow through an increasing number of fans and a vehicle to support this growth. Like the creation of the USA CRITS Series, races are born from event directors’ passion for the sport.
Bring your favorite bike, trike, unicycle, tandem ride or whatever you’ve got, and join your family, friends and neighbors in the Cruiser Ride around the course at 6:30 p.m. All participants must wear a helmet and complete the Criterium Cruiser Ride Release Form [PDF]. No motorized cycles please.
Volunteers race for FREE!
1. Sign up to volunteer. All volunteers receive a free Littleton Twilight Criterium cap, plus lunch or dinner.
2. Register at BikeReg and enter the coupon code “LittletonVolunteer” (no quotes) at check out.
For questions, contact Elizabeth Scofield, Littleton Twilight Criterium Coordinator.