by Deanna Darr
Exergy Tour organizers announced this afternoon that they will bring a professional, multi-stage women's bike race to Southern and Central Idaho during the Memorial Day weekend, Thursday, May 24-Monday, May 28. The race will span roughly 200 miles in all, and 10-15 of the top international women's cycling teams will take part.
While organizers have yet to announce exactly which teams will participate, where the course will lead or how big the purse will be, the race has been sanctioned by USA Cycling and racers will be able to earn points toward qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.
Five Idaho cities will host the race—Boise, Kuna, Nampa, Idaho City and Garden Valley/Crouch—and the mayors of all five turned out with Lori Otter, wife of Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, to announce the race.
According to organizers, the race will begin and end in Boise, with the second day in Nampa, then on to Kuna for day three. The alpine stage will be held in Crouch/Garden Valley and Idaho City on day four, before heading back to Boise for the final day.
While details have yet to be solidified, organizers are already asking for volunteers from each of the host communities. Anyone interested in helping out (or looking for more details) can check out the race's shiny new website.
Keep an eye out for more details as they are announced.