Boise Twilight Criterium: One Part Bike, Two Parts Spandex, Three Parts Speed 

The popular bike race returns Saturday, July 11

On Saturday, July 11, arm yourself with clickers and cow bells for the 29th annual Boise Twilight Criterium. - KAI APPELQUIST
  • Kai Appelquist
  • On Saturday, July 11, arm yourself with clickers and cow bells for the 29th annual Boise Twilight Criterium.
Each summer, a year’s worth of Lycra spandex can be viewed zooming around Boise at 30 miles per hour. The 29th annual Twilight Criterium bike race will once again take over downtown on Saturday, July 11.

The best athletes on two wheels from around the country will compete in six races over the course of the afternoon and evening.
Riders will speed through the streets of Boise starting at 2 p.m. with a kids’ ride. Boise’s own two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong will lead the ride and be on hand to sign autographs. Registration for kids ages 5-10 is required and can be done in advance here.

The course covers Ninth, Grove, Tenth and Bannock streets, providing ample room for spectators.

The first races begin at 2:45 p.m. and the opening ceremony takes place at 6:40 p.m. Immediately afterward, the big names take to the streets, with the women’s pro race at 6:45 p.m. and the men’s pro at 8 p.m. The full schedule can be found here.

One of the most exciting races—the men’s professionals—is saved for last. Racers will charge around the half-mile loop every 65 seconds for an hour and a half, speeding around corners at 30 miles per hour.

Organizers expect more than 20,000 spectators to line both sides of the course. While there are no bad places to watch, corners provide the most excitement—heightened by anticipation and the chance to see an impressive crash.

Road closures for the event begin at noon. Ninth and Tenth streets will closed between Jefferson and Grove streets. Bannock, Idaho, Main and Grove streets will close between Eighth and Eleventh at noon as well.

Don’t forget the cow bells and clickers. 
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