Kids' ride with Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong at Twilight Criterium in downtown Boise

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-14 23:35:56-04

The 32nd Twilight Criterium, a full day of cyclists riding at top speeds on the streets of Boise kicks into high gear with some of the best competitors racing for a purse of $40,000.

One of the highlights of the day featured three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong and her annual kids' ride.

Hundreds of children from the ages of 3-10 raced with Kristin Armstrong in a fun family event that Kristin does because she says events like this is how she got interested in cycling.

"It's amazing, I'm here with all the kids for another year," said Armstrong. "This is what it is all about, inspiring the next generation."

Tim Rutter brought his four kids down and not only were they able to ride on the closed-off streets, but they also got an autograph from Boise's most famous cyclist.

"We watched her win the last gold so that was pretty amazing," said Rutter. "To be able to meet and race with Kristin Armstrong, it's unlike any other, I don't think there are many cities that have a race like this."

The opening ceremony kicks off at 6:30 followed by the women's and men's pro race and finishing up with the awards ceremony at 10:00 p.m.

Drivers also need to be aware of road closures around the state capitol where the Twilight Criterium is being held.