criterium

noun
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

Examples of criterium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The criterium, or crit race, is the sixth race in a 10-part nationwide series for the American Criterium Cup. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 July 2022 Personal fit preferences aside, a hardcore criterium racer may appreciate the feel of a super-stiff shoe. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 21 May 2021 Most road racers—with their short wheel bases and steep drops—are stiff and twitchy, which is great in a criterium but uncomfortable for longer days. Axie Navas, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Bouchard-Hall is a former U.S. pro criterium champion and executive at online cycling retailer Wiggle. The Editors, Outside Online, 1 May 2015 Bekele, who came achingly close to Kipchoge’s world record in Berlin one year and one day ago, was a little concerned about the criterium course, saying that the many turns might slow the field down. David Monti, Outside Online, 30 Sep. 2020 Last Tuesday night, 197 cyclists from across Connecticut gathered at Rentschler Field to ride their final criterium of the summer. Sofie Brandt, courant.com, 23 Aug. 2021 The 11-race event marked a resumption of the criterium, which was canceled last year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 27 July 2021 For almost a decade, Hazley has been one of the many bikers who race at Fair Park every Thursday night in King Racing Group’s criterium, or crit — a closed-circuit bike race. Dallas News, 21 May 2021 See More

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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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“Criterium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/criterium. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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