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2017 Twilight Criterium takes place Saturday

31st year
Posted at 10:27 AM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 15:11:16-04
You'll want to watch out for road closures in Downtown Boise this weekend as the 31st annual Twilight Criterium hits the streets.
 
New this year, the races will be broadcast live at https://downtownboise.org/events/twilight-criterium so you can listen to the announcers no matter where you are. 
 
There will be food and beverage vendors as well as cycling booths. Keep in mind, you cannot bring in any chairs and tents, but trees in the park will offer shade. 
 
There will be some road closures mainly around the perimeter of the event, Jefferson at 6th and Capitol and 8th at Idaho will be closed. Those will go into effect around noon on Saturday and stay in effect through the races. 
 
Kids will also have a chance to ride side by side with three time Olympic Gold Medalist, Kristin Armstrong during the kids race. 
 
Racers and fans look forward to this event every year and Boise is the perfect place for it. 
 
"And we consistently heard from the cyclists who come in from all over the country and all over the world, that they love Boise because of the fans, the fans turn out for this race, enough people have come, this is a tradition for so many fans and families, they come year after year. They kind of know a little bit about the strategy, they cheer, they're loud, they have fun with it," said Lynn Hightower, Executive Director of the Downtown Boise Association. 
 
You also have a chance to rub elbows with some of the best athletes in the world. Friday night, there will be a public meet and greet with the cyclists competing in Saturday's race. Three of the top cycling teams in country will be in attendance. 
 
The event is a fundraiser for one of Boise's biggest cycling clubs, the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association. Local food and beverages will be available to purchase. That runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Payette Brewing in Boise.