Bicycles might be a common sight along Boise's thoroughfares, but cyclists rarely get to let loose and tear down busy streets without risking personal injury or a warning from the police.
But going as fast as possible on two wheels is the entire point of Boise's Twilight Criterium, which returns Saturday, July 13, bringing with it some of the top road racers in the world.
Watch as a peloton of bikers zip along a closed circuit through downtown Boise. Behold as the virtuosos speed ahead, ripping around corners at breakneck speed and cross your fingers there aren't any devastating wipeouts. Pick a favorite team and observe its progress throughout the afternoon and remember: The winning team isn't necessarily the one with that lone, standout rider.
If you're looking to gin up cycling enthusiasm with the kids, grab bikes and pedal downtown at 1 p.m. for a chance to meet Boise native and Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong and register to let the kids take advantage of a chance to ride with her beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The sponsors' marketplace opens on Main Street between Ninth and 10th streets at 2 p.m., but racing action begins at 3:15 p.m. on the course, which extends in a loop from Bannock to Grove streets, and Ninth to 10th streets. Racers take off in various categories throughout the day, with the final race of the day starting at 8:15 p.m.
An awards ceremony at 10 p.m. will conclude the event, and cash prizes up to $1,500 will be handed out to competition winners and top finishers in each event.