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Route of Exergy Women's Cycling Race Announced

Payette River Recreation passes ready, too.

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Exergy route announced

The clock is quickly ticking down to the start of the first Exergy Tour, and besides announcing that the elite women's road bike racing teams will be pedaling their well toned heinies off for a $100,000 purse, race organizers have also released the exact courses for the multistage race.

Things will kick off in Boise on Thursday, May 24, with an overall start in a short time trial format beginning at 6:30 p.m. Consider this a heads-up for anyone who commutes between downtown Boise and the Bench. The course for this first stage will be from Julia Davis Park, down Capitol Boulevard, around the Boise Train Depot and back along Capitol Boulevard to the park.

Day 2 will cover 74.7 miles beginning and ending at the Nampa Recreation Center, with racers riding along Lake Lowell before heading south toward the Snake River, where they will do two laps of a circuit on the edge of Owyhee County before heading back to Nampa. Individual time trials will be held on Day 3, beginning and ending in downtown Kuna. Racers will ride a straight out-and-back shot along Swan Falls Road for a total of 10.4 miles. Day 4 will be the alpine portion of the race. Riders will have to do some serious climbing as they go 57.8 miles between Crouch and Idaho City along the Banks Lowman Road before turning onto Highway 21.

The final day of racing, Monday, May 28, will be back in Boise beginning at 11 a.m. in Hyde Park. Teams will ride north along 13th Street to Bogus Basin Road, turning on to Cartwright Road, which leads them to Dry Creek Road in the Hidden Springs area before heading south on Seamans Gulch Road to Hill Road and Pierce Park Lane and back to Cartwright Road. After three laps of the Hidden Springs portion, racers will return downtown along Cartwright Road to Bogus Basin Road and Harrison Boulevard.

Details, including recommended viewing areas and events, at exergytour.com.

And now that it is T-shirt weather, you can think about buying your annual river passes for the Payette River Recreation Area. The $20 passes cover the daily user fees at parking and picnic areas in the forest and proceeds go to maintaining public areas.

Pick up a pass in the Boise area at the following businesses: Alpenglow Mountainsport, 314 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-331-2628; Boise Army Navy, 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-0660; Cascade Outfitters, 604 E. 45th St., Garden City, 208-322-4411; and Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, 208-336-4844.