cri·​te·​ri·​um | \ krī-ˈtir-ē-əm How to pronounce criterium (audio) , krē-ter-ˈyȯm How to pronounce criterium (audio) \

Definition of criterium

: a bicycle race of a specified number of laps on a closed course over public roads closed to normal traffic

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The annual criterium focuses on more than just fun, with proceeds from the event benefiting several local charities including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) and the Madeira Schools Foundation. David Peterson/share,, "Annual Madeira Bike Race celebrates a decade of racing," 25 June 2019 Chloe Kim, for example, nabbed an X Games invite at age 13, as the primary criterium is skill. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2019 Winter X Games Starts This Week—Here’s What You Need to Know," 23 Jan. 2019 The third stage of the race, known as the criterium, will be held in downtown Covington and will prompt street closures between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. Kim Chatelain,, "Tour de Louisiane bike race set for this weekend in St. Tammany," 4 June 2018 One recent group speculating on a film is headed by ultra-cycling legend John Howard and Rashid Bahati, the father of former U.S. criterium champion Rahsaan Bahati. Todd Balf, Outside Online, "Why Haven't You Heard of Marshall "Major" Taylor?," 19 Apr. 2018 This year, for the first time, the tournament selection committee added an additional criterium to its formula — the Quadrant System. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Everything you need to know about Selection Sunday (including that it’s not on CBS) | Miami Herald," 10 Mar. 2018 That day, James Grady, a fixie rider who runs a local criterium race called the Mission Crit, hit the hay bales at the end of that course, tumbled over them, and broke three ribs hitting pavement on the other side. Tom Taylor,, "What Is it Like to Race Up Some of the Toughest Hills In America On a Bike?," 28 Sep. 2017 Prograis 10:30 p.m. SHO CYCLING TIME TV Criterium: Dauphine sixth stage (Sat. miamiherald, "Sports on TV: Friday, June 9, 2017," 8 June 2017 The race weekend consists of a time trial, circuit race, and criterium in an omnium format with male and female champions crowned. Matt Campbell,, "Bicyclist killed Sunday during Tour of Kansas City event," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of criterium

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for criterium

borrowed from French critérium, "competition," literally, "criterion," borrowed from Late Latin critērium, borrowed from Greek kritḗrion criterion

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