BOISE -- It's become a cornerstone of summers in Boise, and this year it's back and bigger than ever.
The 27th annual Boise Twilight Criterium will hit the streets of downtown Boise on Saturday, showcasing some of the best cyclists in the United States.
This year could be even more exciting as both the men's and women's champions from last year will be back trying to defend their title.
There are over 300 competitors signed up to race, and just like last year, the women's pro purse will be equal to that of the men's purse. It's expected to bring out the best.
“It's going to be a strong field tomorrow night. A lot of former national champions and a lot of top level cyclists,” professional cyclist Kristin McGrath said. “So, the pace is going to be high. It should be a very exciting race.”
“The women's side is actually quite a bit bigger than last year, for the field size. And the quality of the field, so that should be a great race,” race organizer Mike Cooley said.
Here's the list of events:
- 11 a.m. 9th Street southbound from Main will be closed
- 1 p.m. official road closure
- 1–2 p.m sponsor marketplace vendor set-up on Main Street
- 1 p.m. kids’ ride registration & autograph session with Kristin Armstrong
- 2 p.m. sponsor marketplace open to public
- 2:30 p.m. kids’ ride with Kristin Armstrong
- 3:15 p.m. cat 4/5 (45 min)
- 4:15 p.m. masters 40+ (1/2/3) & Men 3 (45 min)
- 5:15 p.m. women 2/3/4 (30 min)
- 6 p.m. men 1/2/3 (45 min)
- 6:50 p.m. official opening ceremony
- 7 p.m. women’s pro 1/2 (60 min)
- 8:15 p.m. men’s pro/cat 1 (90 min)
- 10 p.m. awards ceremony