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That’s why they call it a criterium

A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 1 mile), often run on closed-off city center streets. Race length can be determined by a number of laps or total time, in which case … Continue reading

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The sweet smell of progress

When I was researching a new bike this past winter, the weather was typically raw. In the middle of that cold season, it’s a bit hard to imagine what a new bike will feel like. At the time we had … Continue reading

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Racing the bike in a criterium

The first year I bought a real racing bike ten years ago, I raced in a series of criteriums from June through September. The lessons learned were many. How to ride in a hurtling pack. How to turn without braking. … Continue reading

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Just keep going

Toward the end of my swim workout yesterday it occurred to me with some surprise that at the end of my 7th 100-meter repeat I was not yet tired. This was a revelation of sorts. Up until this point in … Continue reading

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Do you have a place to hone your speed?

By Christopher Cudworth Ever since I was a little kid holding a watch in my grubby little fist waiting for the second hand to reach twelve, I have held fascination with getting faster. Back then our side yard was the … Continue reading

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Racing the first criterium of summer reveals the inner mind

By Christopher Cudworth There’s a funny thing about cycling, especially competitive cycling, that no one really likes to admit. When you’re in a race there is really no time to look up. Just ask Chris Froome, the 2013 Tour de France … Continue reading

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From running to riding, Tom Burridge excels through the ages

By Christopher Cudworth It is important to relate the following anecdote shared by Tom Burridge about a recent cycling experience. “I was entered in a cycling criterium and did not do a proper warmup,” he chuckles. “So the first five … Continue reading

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No matter how fast you run or ride, the weather always wins

By Christopher Cudworth On the way to work last Friday morning the voice on the other end of the cell phone call said “Oh my God, what’s going on outside?” I envisioned a traffic accident. Maybe a cat fight. Then she spoke … Continue reading

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The club scene in cycling or running isn’t for everyone

It all started out so perfectly.  Every Wednesday at 6:00 we’d ride 40 miles in a big sweeping loop through the little town of Kaneville. A weekly group ride with the same sane leader leading the group at an average … Continue reading

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