HOMEDALE -- After five days of intense racing in the Exergy Tour, the cyclists all got to relax with a little taste of Idaho on Monday night. The Badiola Arena in Homedale hosted the teams for a barbecue and rodeo performance.

For some of the racers, this tour meant their first trip to not just Idaho, but the United States. Fourteen countries were represented by the more than 100 cyclists in the Exergy Tour.

Some of the international competitors had never seen a rodeo, and events like saddle bronc riding were really unusual and exciting.

I think it's one of the craziest things I've seen. I think the guys doing it... woah! Bike riding seems like nothing after watching this, Emilia Fahlin, Swedish cyclist, said.

Fahlin has been to the U.S. before, but she had never seen Idaho. She arrived early for the Exergy Tour and was able to spend some time in Boise.

I was pretty excited to see a new place. And it's really different from what I've seen before so it's kind of cool, Fahlin said. [Boise is] a cool town. A nice little downtown. The area, the landscape is so pretty. Like we rode out in the mountains and along all the rivers.

German cyclist Ana-Bianca Schnitzmeier said she also loved the scenery and thought the race routes were exciting.

The roads are perfect and they chose perfect loops and courses and stages, so yeah, it was good. It was really good, Schnitzmeier said.

At the Homedale barbecue, Schnitzmeier also got the chance to ride a horse herself. When asked if riding a bike or riding a horse is easier, she picked the one she's most familiar with.

Riding a bike because I can choose what I want to do, and my bike has not it's own head. So this horse has it's own head, and when he doesn't want to keep going, he's doing what he wants. I think a bike is easier! Schnitzmeier said.

Read or Share this story: