The 30th Annual Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford Twilight Criterium, which takes place on July 16, will have a new route, organizers said Tuesday.
The race’s start and finish line will be in front of the Capitol Building on Jefferson Street, and its route will circle Sixth Street and Ninth Street on Bannock Street. The starting point in front of the Capitol is the same location that began the inaugural race thirty years ago, officials said.
“For the past thirty years, the Twilight Criterium has helped put two of my favorite things on the map -- cycling and Boise,” said George’s Cycles owner Mike Cooley. “I’m proud of all this race has accomplished and the way it continues to draw new generations into the sport every year.”
Merchants and restaurants located downtown have also voiced support of the event, said Lynn Hightower, executive director of the Downtown Boise Association, co-producers of the race.
“The race is good for business, good for racers, and perhaps most importantly, good for our community,” Hightower stated. “The Twilight brings friends and families together and once again, downtown is proud to host the event.”
During this year’s Criterium, more than 300 cyclists will compete in downtown Boise. The event is on the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar and the USA Crit Championship Series for both men and women’s teams.
This year’s Hospitality Area and Twilight Marketplace Expo will be held in Capitol Park. This area offers some of the best views of the race as well as food, beverages and booths for local nonprofits and vendors, officials stated. All ages are welcome.
“We’re thrilled to take the lead as title sponsor of this year’s Twilight Criterium,” said Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford partner Wade Woodard. “This race is vital to Boise’s cycling culture and is one of the biggest spectator events on the Criterium circuit. And with this being an anniversary year, turnout should be stronger than ever.”
For more information about this year’s Twilight Criterium, go to www.boisetwilightcriterium.com.