BOISE, Idaho — The Downtown Boise Association announced Wednesday that The Annual Twilight Criterium, a USA Crits and USA Cycling PRT event held on the streets of downtown Boise each July, will not take place this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to men's and women's professional cycling road races, the day-long event traditionally includes a kid’s race, celebrity Boise Green Bike race, and amateur road races. The Twilight Trifecta, a pre-race celebration held at JUMP in downtown Boise on the Friday evening prior to Saturday’s races, will also not take place this year.
“It is not an easy thing to do, but I feel it is the best option for the event and the City of Boise to postpone the 2020 Twilight Criterium until July 10, 2021. We had a fantastic run of 34 years, and we start a new run next year. (We’re looking) to a bigger and better event next year,” said event organizer Mike Cooley with Boise Development Cycling.
The Downtown Boise Association transitioned the production of the Twilight Criterium to long-time event partner Boise Development Cycling in 2019, after hosting it in downtown Boise for 34 years. The two organizations continue to work closely on the transition into 2020, and look forward to planning the Twilight Criterium for 2021.
“Downtown will miss the Twilight Criterium and the festivity that comes with it, but we look forward to a triumphant return for the 35th anniversary in 2021,” said Jennifer Hensley, Executive Director of the Downtown Boise Association.