How to get stuck into crit racing: everything you need to know before your first crit race

One of the fastest and most fun forms of bike racing, we've gathered advice from some of the best in the sport to help you succeed

Image shows riders racing in a cycling crit race
(Image credit: Getty Images - Ezra Shaw)

Criteriums are like the rollercoasters of road racing; they are fast, have lots of high-speed corners, and are over before you know it. Riders scream around a closed course that is between 0.5mi / 0.8km to 1.5mi / 2.4km long for between half an hour and 90-minutes, depending on the racing category.

The racing is fast and furious, and with that it can be a bit intimidating for a first-timer — for what it's worth, even experienced riders get butterflies staging on the start. Here we give you the lowdown on the important things to know before your first crit. 

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