A Criterium is a street party with a bike race. The bike race is a uniquely American style of racing, Street Track Racing.
The 3rd edition of the SL CRIT series takes place over the course of two days at two locations. The race format is known as a criterium which is an Americanized style of racing which appeals to not only the racers but the spectators as the peloton or group of racers passes by the spectators every few minutes. The spectator is able to watch each lap and see the overall race developing with the help of live announcers commentating on the individual racers in attendance and team strategy. The announcers help the crowd further understand the sport and type of racing building the excitement and involvement of the crowd.
The party will start rocking with Amateur racers warming up the venue for the main events, the USA Crits PRO Women and Men’s Races.
Join us to race, to watch, and to have a good time in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In The News
Salt Lake City, Utah (August 25, 2020). The Salt Lake Criterium organizing committee announced today a new expanded racing weekend for 2021. The first of two criterium races will take place at the 2019 venue, the original Gateway location in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 17th The second race will be held on Sunday, July 18 on an exciting course in the Holladay neighborhood. These events will be sanctioned under USA Cycling and include amateur and professional fields. Both races will be part of the USA CRITS national series.
Salt Lake Criterium Race Director – Eric Gardiner
“Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event at the Gateway, we are excited to grow this into a crit racing weekend that will showcase more of Salt Lake City and it’s cycling fans, with back-to-back Saturday/Sunday USA CRITS races, we expect to attract an even larger number of pros competing for points and cash on the two very different courses.”
The organizing committee was saddened to cancel the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic but are doubling down on last year’s event to continue growth. The criterium, with its fast, short laps, world class sprinters and professional teamwork, is one of the most exciting; cycling disciplines to watch. The Committee will be planning for safely supporting the number of fans expected to watch in person, with scenarios dependent on the status of the pandemic in the next year. Both days will be streamed live on USACRITS.tv. The Salt Lake Criterium inaugural event in 2019 was highly successful with 319 amateur riders, 21 USA CRITS D1 professional teams, and over 5,000 fans that came down to The Gateway throughout the day.
About American Criterium Cup
The American Criterium Cup is a ten race criterium series that elevates the stature of criterium racing in the United States.
The series is led by a group of independent criterium race organizers in collaboration with, and supported by USA Cycling, with input from professional and domestic teams and athletes.
Each event has pledged to execute each event with standards of excellence, high production quality, and safety. Organizers of the series have pledged a $100,000 series purse to be split equally among men and women. Additionally, a minimum prize list of $7,500 per gender per event will be expected. Each event has pledged to allocate resources to produce a 10 race, series long, streamed video narrative to showcase the teams, individuals, and communities that comprise the American Criterium Cup.