This is a Criterion
This is a road race criterion. Crazy young lads get dressed up in space alien suits and sprint around a short road course at 35 miles/hour right up on each other's back wheel. They make hairpin turns and occasionally crash violently. Their bikes are both devastatingly elegant and rather dainty; they are super fast, efficient, aerodynamic but unable to handle the smallest pot hole. The race was in a parking lot on a Sunday morning at the University of Maryland (go Terps!), so they didn't have to worry about running into matatus or boda bodas. In short, this is not the bike you would want to take on a trip from Kampala to Capetown.
Well, time to get my space alien suit on and go for a ride.