Kristin Armstrong leads homecoming ride, is presented with keys to Boise, Garden City

Kristin Armstrong leads homecoming ride, is presented with keys to Boise, Garden City

Credit: Trevor Loucks

Hundreds turn out Saturday morning to ride with gold medalist Kristin Armstrong to Boise City Hall.



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 1:13 PM

BOISE - It was a party planned in a pinch, and no one knew who or how many people would turn out to ride their bikes with Kristin Armstrong.

But as you can see if it was more than one expected.

Especially Boise's golden girl.

"I woke up and the skies were blue not a cloud in the sky and it had that fresh feeling and I knew it was going to be a great day to ride my bike to city hall with hundreds of kids," Kristin said.

She turned out to the YMCA on Saturday morning to join what she thought would be a few fans and riders.

After a quick interview -- Boise's own gold medalist went into the Y to see her co-workers.

She then returned dressed in her American biking gear -- with more than a thousand there to greet her.

"I walked into the building for about 15 minutes and there might have been 50 people and then I walk out that the 500 tee-shirts that the YMCA printed up are gone,"

It's estimated that more than 15-hundred people showed up to ride with the gold medalist from the Y to city hall.

With Kristin leading the pack -- fans of all ages, and experience levels, make their way on the half a mile journey.

Officers from Garden City and Boise accompanied the riders who took part in the impromptu bike parade.

Once they arrived at City Hall -- hundreds more were there to greet the group.

"I just want to thank everyone for coming out today and today was the biggest group ride I have ever been on so thank you," she told the crowd.

Lieutenant Governor Jim Risch declared August 16th, 2008 "Kristin Armstrong Day" in the state.

But it didn't stop there -- Garden City mayor John Evans gave Kristin the first ever key to that city, followed by Boise mayor Dave Bieterwho gave a key to the city for only the third time.

"It couldn't be better, Kristin is a great ambassador for our city and our state and win or loose but certainly when she wins, we just all celebrate." said Bieter.