Local cycling fans talk about the cancellation of the 2013 Exergy Tour
Jennifer Auh talks to local cycling fans about the Exergy Tour cancellation. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Exergy has officially cancelled its 2013 tour, one of the largest women's professional bike races in the United States. Exergy officials say they had to shut it down, because of a lack of money.
Exergy Tour brought the best women cyclists from all over the world to the City of Trees in 2012. The excitement was unbelievable, as many were seeing it as a precursor to the Summer Olympics.
At the time, many in the race, including Kristen Armstrong thought the event was here to stay. "The Exergy Tour will be around for several years, hopefully more than that," she said.
Unfortunately, that's not the case this year. "We watched them ride last year when they did the loop from Crouch to Idaho City,” said Claudine Whitfield, a cycling fan, “When they finished, everyone was cheering, it was really exciting, but I guess we won't have that this year."
Most of the people, we talked to, were shocked, except for one fan. "I know people that were actually in the Exergy men cycling, and they were cancelled last year, so it wasn't such a shock to me, but a disappointment."
The owner of Idaho Mountain Touring calls it a huge loss for the City of Boise. "We have Kristen Armstrong, but usually she's so far above the other women, being able to see more women of her caliber and larger fields of women is a unique thing, so it’s a big loss to the women's cycling community," said Chris Haunold, Idaho Mountain Touring Owner.
Exergy officials sent out a statement, apologizing about the cancellation, due to financial issues. They hope to bring back the women's Exergy Tour, next year.
Now many in the local cycling community are just hoping that the financial troubles within Exergy will not affect the Exergy Twilight Criterium, coming up this summer.