Rain, Shine and Twilight Provide Backdrop to Boise's 29th Criterium 

click to enlarge HANNAH LOVELESS
  • Hannah Loveless
The 29th annual Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium on Saturday, July 11 turned out to be a true testament to the focus and athleticism of its participants. Even as the stormy weather made conditions less than ideal, the cyclists endured, providing fans with a fantastic day of cycling and bike culture.

“Why are they still riding?” asked more than a few spectators, worrying about the inclement weather while thrilling to the competitors' speeds.

Weather conditions took periodic turns for the worse through parts of the evening, including rain, lightning, and powerful wind gusts served as major obstacles for the over 300 competing cyclists, at times even causing race delays.Yet the Criterium continued, in major part thanks to devoted fans who braved the weather and cheered even louder.

“I’ve been coming to the Twilight Criterium for years,” says spectator, Aubree VanDercar,, a preschool teacher who said she flew in from Portland to witness the races. “It’s one of my favorite things about my hometown.”

click to enlarge Participants await start of the Boise GreenBike Celebrity Ride - HANNAH LOVELESS
  • Hannah Loveless
  • Participants await start of the Boise GreenBike Celebrity Ride
The 2015 Criterium included six races in total, and also featured something new: the Boise GreenBike Celebrity Ride.

“We're excited to do this and show off our fancy bikes,” said Boise GreenBike executive director Dave Fotsch.

The "celebrities" included Mike Sadler, vice president of corporate development at Micron and Thomas Banducci of Criterium sponsor Andersen Banducci PLLC.

“Our bike culture is robust and growing,” adds Fotsch."And the Criterium adds such life and vibrancy to the middle of downtown."

The Criterium's big winners of the day and night included Allie Dragoo of Twenty16 in the Women’s Pro Race and team Alto Velo’s Daniel Holloway in the Men’s Pro.

Following his successful competition, Holloway pointed to the special bond with his teammates.
“He falls, I fall, we both fall,” said Holloway of the companionship and trust required in a successful cycling team, adding “That’s what makes this so fun.”

  • Hannah Loveless

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