BOISE-- A little over a month after competing in the Gem State at the Exergy Tour, the women of Team Exergy are back and will be competing in the 26th Annual Boise Downtown Twilight Criterium this weekend. For the first time in a few years, the Twilight is offering a cash prize for the women's professional race, equal to that of the men's, which is bringing in some of the top teams in the country.
"It's always great to race in the hometown on the streets that we know and see lots of familiar faces in the crowd," Team Exergy rider Kristin McGrath said. "To be back in the community and to say hello once again and thanks for the support, we're very excited."
Team Exergy will be racing without team captain and Boise gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. She will be cheering on her team from the sidelines, with the London Olympics just a couple of weeks away. Armstrong will also be hosting her Kids Ride before the criterium begins. Children ages 5-10 with helmets are invited to ride with the gold medalist.
The Twilight is one of the nation's top criteriums, and brings in some of the best riders and teams that the country has to offer. Organizers say that it just gets bigger and better each year, which is why they are expecting this year to be the best yet.
"We put on one event a year. It's one day out of the entire year, and we do work on this thing 12 months out of the year to get the best possible riders from all over the country, and as far away as Australia to come and race in Boise," race director Mike Cooley said.
The Twilight Criterium gets underway Saturday at 2 p.m.