Cycling

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In Idaho, cyclists are allowed to treat a red light like a stop sign. A rider must fully stop and then proceed only when safe to do so. In July a car struck a bicycle leaving the cyclist in the hospital, but last week an Idaho magistrate judge ruled against the cyclist. The cyclist must pay a $90 fine for causing the accident. Her attorney is appealing the ruling, saying the wrong law was applied. Idaho Matters talks to her attorney along with a Concordia Law professor about the laws at play here and how they apply to the road.

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Earlier this summer, three dozen cyclists huddle together at a ranch between Ketchum and Mackay. They range from newcomers to pros, and they’ve come to Idaho from as far as Singapore, Hawaii and the Netherlands.  


Boise Twilight Criterium

For the past 32 years, cycling enthusiasts of all abilities have descended on downtown Boise for the annual ASWD Twilight Criterium. This year's events include everything from biking with gold medalist Kristin Armstrong to eating 2,000 pounds of Idaho french fries.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Three-time gold medal Olympian Kristin Armstrong arrived to a heroine's welcome at the Boise airport Monday afternoon. Since then, the Idaho native says she's been going nonstop.

Since she won the cycling event of time trial, she says she’s been constantly stopped by people calling out “congratulations,” and asking to pose for pictures.

Why Kristin Armstrong’s 3rd Gold Is A Big Deal

Aug 11, 2016
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Wednesday morning while most people back home were still sleeping, Boise’s Kristin Armstrong was on a bike in Brazil trying to win a gold medal in her third consecutive Olympics. She succeeded.

Armstrong became just the second American woman to win the same event at three Olympics in a row. And she now owns all but two of the road-cycling golds ever awarded to the U.S.

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After two Boise cyclists were killed by cars this fall, bike safety is getting renewed attention. Cyclists without lights are even less visible to motorists during their evening commutes with the time change.

The Boise Police Department has noticed, and has started a new initiative to make cyclists safer in the dark.

“Ada County Highway District has a supply of bike lights," says Deputy Chief Pete Ritter. "We have given them out to officers to when they contact cyclists or if they see cyclists who appear to need a light so they can hand them out.”

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

About 80 people crammed into the Boise Bicycle Project Wednesday night. The diverse crowd included drivers and cyclists of all ages and affiliation – but there was a common theme.

“We are in this together," says Lisa Brady with the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance (TVCA). "There is no driver out there that wants to hit a cyclist, and no cyclist that wants to be hit by a driver.”

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise has made a lot of national top 10 lists lately, but one the city is conspicuously absent from is a list of best urban bike paths. The well-known Boise River Greenbelt does not appear on a list from TheActiveTimes.com, despite stretching from east Boise west toward Nampa.

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The 27th Annual Anderson Banducci Twilight Criterium gets underway this afternoon in downtown Boise. Some 250 cyclists will race at different times throughout the day, starting with a kids ride with two time Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong.

The Twilight Criterium started in 1987 when Mike Cooley and his friends decided bike racing needed to go where the people were.

5 Things You Need To Know About Criterium Racing

Jul 12, 2013
Boise Twilight Criterium

More than 200 cyclists compete in the 27th Annual Anderson Banducci Twilight Criterium Saturday. They’ll race through downtown Boise at speeds guaranteed to generate a cool breeze when the cyclists fly by you.  

Criteriums, or “crit” racing, are great to watch because cyclists compete on a circuit for 30 to 60 plus minutes. That means you can really watch the action.

Washington Fish and Game

An Idaho man cycling to Alaska suffered a scare after being chased by a gray wolf.

Thirty-five-year-old William "Mac" Hollan of Sandpoint says he also needed the help of friends to thwart a wolf that chased him last week — half-way through his 2,750-mile trip to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Hollan told the Spokesman-Review the wolf charged out of the forest about 60 miles west of Watson Lake in the Yukon Territory.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

You may see more people riding their bikes to work today. It’s Bike to Work Day, and here in the Boise area, it caps off a week of festivities all focused on cycling.

The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance (TVCA) is behind Boise Bike Week. Rick Overton sits on the Alliance's board. He says Boise’s cycling culture has become more active in the past ten years and that, he says is part of a national trend.

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Updated at 11:04 a.m.

An Idaho alternative energy company beset by lawsuits faces another one, this time from a bike race that says it hasn't been paid millions in promised sponsorship money.

Exergy Development Group of Boise and its owner, James Carkulis, were sued in Colorado by Classic Bicycle Racing, owner of Colorado's USA Pro Challenge race.

John Moore, Classic's general counsel, said Wednesday company owners were forced to make additional capital contributions when Exergy failed to meet its contractual obligations.

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

The professional women’s cycling race, the Exergy Tour, held in the Treasure Valley last year won’t be back this year. The title sponsor couldn’t roundup enough financial backing. As a result the Boise based wind energy company – Exergy Development Group- has canceled this year’s race. 

Idaho endurance cyclist Jay Petervary set a new race record in the Iditarod Trail Invitational early Wednesday.  The 350 mile race follows part of Alaska’s famous Iditarod trail. The 40 year old Petervary is among 36 bikers and runners who started their race near Anchorage Sunday.

“I didn’t sleep at all and I didn’t spend an hour at any checkpoint," Petervary says.

Idaho Olympian's Bicycles Stolen

Sep 12, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Boise resident and Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong has had two bicycles she rode in the London Olympics stolen. Armstrong received two empty boxes at her house Tuesday, according to a news release issued by her cycling team, Exergy TWENTY12.

The road and time trials bikes had been on display in Germany two weeks ago, and then were supposed to be shipped through Atlanta to Boise.

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong rode with hundreds of riders down Capitol Boulevard Saturday. The ride, which started at the Boise Depot,  was part of a special celebration to honor Armstrong for her second gold medal win in the individual time trial at the London Olympics. Saturday's celebration was also a birthday bash complete with cake for Armstrong's 39th birthday.

Storify: Idaho Cyclist's Gold Medal Ride

Aug 2, 2012

Updated Thursday:

Idaho cyclist Kristin Armstrong won a gold medal Wednesday in the individual time trial in London.  The 18-mile course is a race against the clock and this event is Armstrong’s specialty.  She says now she's retiring. "No more competitive cycling for me," she explained in a text message from London. "This has been a challenging yet rewarding experience." 

Idaho Cyclist Ready For "Race Of Truth" In London

Jul 26, 2012

It’s 108 degrees on this strip of road in south of Boise. Cyclist Kristin Armstrong takes handfuls of ice and shoves them down her skin tight jersey. She laughs saying “I’m just trying to keep as cool as I can till the start.”  

She’s come out here nearly every Thursday night for the past eight years to compete in a local time trial outside of Boise. It’s nothing official. No medals get handed out but for this Olympian, “Ten Mile Creek Road” is a proving ground.

Ada County Takes On Pesky "Goat Heads"

Jul 26, 2012
Goathead Thorn Spike Flat Tire
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

It's that time of year, time for the puncture vine plant to grow. The invasive weed and its spiny seed pods, known as goat heads, are a bane to bare feet and the scourge of cyclists. Just ask Mike Wieser, a mechanic at George’s Cycles in downtown Boise.

On the desk at the shop there’s a jar of thorns that have popped tires. It’s just for educational purposes. Wieser says they could fill two of them on a Saturday.

Olympic Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Headed To London

Jun 15, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Olympic gold medalist and Boise native Kristin Armstrong will represent the U.S. at the summer Olympics in London. Team selections were announced Friday for cycling. Armstrong will compete in the road race and get a chance to defend her 2008 medal in the time trial.

Women's Pro Cycling Race Holds Promise For Boise

Jun 6, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

James Carkulis didn’t miss a single stage of this year’s inaugural Exergy Tour. But the CEO of Exergy Development Group did keep a low profile.

He never once talked publicly about his support for the race. “You know this wasn’t called the Women’s Challenge,” he explains. “And it wasn’t called the Tour of Boise or of the Treasure Valley. It was called the Exergy Tour.”

Exergy Tour Brings Big Time Cycling To Boise

May 24, 2012
Adam Cotterell, KBSX

What’s being billed as the biggest ladies cycling race of the year in North America…gets underway today in Boise.  The Exergy Tour kicks off with an evening time trial in the city’s downtown.  More than 100 cyclists from all over the world will then compete in four more stage races in several Southwest Idaho locations, before finishing Monday in Boise’s Hyde Park.   To learn more, Scott Graf spoke with Heather Hill, a publicist for the Tour. 

Idaho’s Inaugural Exergy Tour Goes Big

May 24, 2012
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The inaugural Exergy Tour women’s cycling race kicks off Thursday. It promises to be a major event for Idaho and for women’s professional cycling.

Tour organizers at a press conference Wednesday afternoon introduced some of the athletes. Dave Towle, a professional race announcer, put it this way, “If you look on the timeline of American cycling, this’ll be one of the most significant weeks we’ve ever had.” 

In a question to a rider he described it as, “this is really your Tour de ’France.”