It's time to brave the July heat, mosey on downtown and snag some strategic sidewalk space for one of Boise's most anticipated summer events. On Saturday, July 16, the 25th annual Twilight Criterium is invading the streets of downtown Boise with a spectacle that is best described as furiously fun, fast and full of lycra.
This speed-demon race first hit the pavement of Boise in 1987, in an effort to gain more popularity for the sport of road biking. Obviously, it worked. Now, 25 years later, Boise's criterium has acquired the reputation as one of the best crits on the USA Cycling racing calendar, attracting world-class cyclists to compete for cash, merchandise and major bragging rights ... plus the attention of upward of 20,000 fans.
The course is a 1K rectangular loop that begins and ends on the corner of Ninth and Main streets in front of the Wells Fargo building, and continues south on Ninth Street, west on Grove Street, north on 10th Street and east on Bannock Street. The riding kicks off with a children's ride for kids ages 5-10 with hometown Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (who will also be signing autographs) at 2:30 p.m. The Men's Cat 4/5 begins at 3:15 p.m., followed by the Women's Race at 4 p.m. Official opening ceremonies start at 7 p.m. and the Men's Pro race is at 8:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 10 p.m. to cap off the night and dole out some hard-earned cash and prizes.
For details about road closures, a map of the course, the schedule of events and registration, check out boisetwilightcriterium.com.