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Twilight Criterium Will Bring Road Closures And Free Fries

Downtown Boise Association

Boise’s 32nd annual Twilight Criterium will take over much of downtown on Saturday with about 350 cyclists expected to compete. This day-long event will bring several road closures to the area.

A first for this year’s criterium is at the Twilight Trifecta, where fans can expect free french fries, donated by Simplot Foods. According to Lynn Hightower, the executive director of the Downtown Boise Association, fans can also get autographs from some of the world’s top cyclists at the event.

“So we moved the Friday night kickoff night and meet-and-greet to JUMP, and it just so happens JUMP shares their space with the headquarters Simplot,” Hightower said.

Road closures for the event begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday for the eight circuit races. Eighth Street will be closed from Idaho Street to Jefferson near the Idaho Statehouse. Capitol Boulevard will be closed starting at Boise City Hall and ending at the statehouse.

Full closures will begin at noon as the event gets underway. Traffic will be closed off from 5th, 6th, Capitol, 8th and 9th between State and Idaho. Also, Jefferson and Bannock will be closed between 4th and 10th.

The streets are expected to open again late Saturday night, but it depends on how long the clean up takes. County officials expect up to 15,000 people to attend.

For more news, follow Blake Simony on Twitter @blakesimony
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