Twilight Criterium

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Sultry weather didn’t stop throngs of cycling fans from lining the streets of downtown Boise for the Twilight Criterium this past weekend.

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.

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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.

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Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The men's and women's pro races are the most high-profile – and high-speed – events at Saturday's Twilight Criterium. Racers from around the country will speed through downtown, rounding turns over and over. Crashes do happen at these races, where one wrong move by a cyclist can cause mayhem on the course.

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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.

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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.