The annual Twilight Criterium is underway in Athens this weekend, and I shot some pre-race qualifying heats downtown yesterday. If you’re not familiar with a criterium, I thought Blake Aued from Online Athens put it nicely*:
“For the uninitiated, a criterium, or crit for short, is a short street race that’s often compared to NASCAR on two wheels. Cyclists pedal in tight packs, working in teams to allow the fastest sprinters to burst ahead into small groups, known as breakaways. Wrecks are common, especially in corners.
At Twilight, one of the world’s premier crits, men race 80 laps around a 1-kilometer track along Clayton, Thomas, Washington and Lumpkin streets. Women race 60 laps.”
*Read his full article here.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the computrainer grid heats. You can check out more photos in the gallery here!