The Zeeland Criterium now enters its 7th year as Michigan’s premier twilight crit. The 2019 date is June 14th, and will again feature a free 6pm kids race and 3 professional races with some of the most exciting bicycle race action available in the Midwest. Back yet again is the 8:15 Tripelroot Fatbike Exhibition Race!
Come on out and watch the action!
What is a Criterium?
A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course often held on blocked-off city streets. The course is short, usually less than 5 km, and is a closed circuit, where riders complete multiple laps. Riders typically race for a given length of time, then complete a specified number of laps. An example would be a race of 60 minutes plus three laps.
In addition to the typical method of determining a winner — first rider across the finish line — many crits have prizes that can be won while the race is in progress. Called primes (pronounced “preems”), these are given for winning specific laps along the way and are frequently cash prizes or merchandise.