WHAT ARE FIXED GEAR BIKES
These are bikes without freewheel: whenever the wheels rotate, the pedals rotate as well. These bikes have no hand brakes or gears. Riders can slow down by applying counter force on the pedals. Similar bikes are used in track racing on a velodrome.
WHAT IS A CRITERIUM (CRIT) RACE
These are races of around 30k on short courses of between 900m and 1.5k. Whoever finishes first, wins. On some laps (Prime laps), there's an extra prize to be won. Criterium races on fixed gear bikes are called Fixed Gear Criterium, or short: Fixed Crits
SPECTACULAR AND EASY TO FOLLOW
A fixed gear criterium is among the most spectacular disciplines of cycling. The races are short (30 to 45 min.), fast from start to finish and easy to follow for spectators.
Bike handling is of a much higher importance than in traditional road cycling races, bringing fixed gear racing closer to extreme sports like BMX or Downhill MTB.
SOCIAL BUT COMPETITIVE
Crit racing is a mixture of high level cycling and partying. Victories are celebrated together no matter which team a rider represents. Before and after a race it's a social gathering of friends. Because of the short and simple race format, fixed gear crits attract new and younger spectators than regular road races.