Twilight Criterium Brings Thousands to Downtown Boise

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Participants in the Pro 1/2 Women's category cut a deep right turn in downtown Boise June 12. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Participants in the Pro 1/2 Women's category cut a deep right turn in downtown Boise June 12.

The heat on the road was intense enough for some of the racers' inner tubes to burst, and for much of the 28th annual Twilight Criterium, the men's and women's road-cycling race through downtown Boise, the action took place in the oppressive glare of the sun.

Nevertheless, the crowds came out in force to catch the yearly attraction that brings hundreds of world-class riders representing dozens of professional and semi-professional racing teams to the City of Trees. Spectators watched from open condominium windows, rooftop patios and cafes.

They were trying to escape the heat as well as they could—a heat the racers couldn't escape, and, in fact, seemed to relish, though the flat ride wasn't ideal for some.

"I like to ride hills," said Canyon Bicycles rider Mitchell Peterson, whose team pulled him from another event to participate in the Category 1/2/3 Men's event, which was won by his teammate, Michael Wilcox.

Team Canyon Bicycles' next stop is the 2014 BMC Cascade Classic in Bend, Ore.

Here are the big winners from the July 12 event:

Pro 1/2 Men: Ken Hanson
Pro 1/2 Women: Erica Allar
Category 1/2/3 Men: Michael Wilcox
Category 2/3/4 Women: Shelley Dunlop
Category 4/5 Men: Aaron Miller
Men's Masters: Scott Robinson