A criterium is a cycling race held on a closed short course. Unlike the Tour de France, where you stand alongside the road and see all the riders pass by only once, at a criterium you can stand by the road and watch the riders pass by a number of times. You can also easily move to different locations so you can see the riders in turns, on straightaways, and on an upslope. The turns are tight, and you can typically stand very close to the action.
I (Michael) will be watching the children’s race at 10:30 and then going to lunch at Gordon Bierch during the Men’s race. If anyone is interested in meeting up at the race, email me
to get my cell; if you want to join for lunch, post a comment so I can arrange the right size table. More details on Infosnack.