Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
July 8, 2019

For information, contact:
Lynn Hightower, 208-472-5250
The BIGGEST Cycling Weekend in Idaho!
Three days of exciting (and delicious!) events in one of America's great cycling cities. Twilight weekend celebrates cycling as a healthy, lifetime sport with events for families, fans and cyclists of all abilities, both pro and amateur.
All Things Twilight Criterium

The excitement and popularity of the ASWD Twilight Criterium, now in it’s 33 rd year in Downtown Boise, has grown to include a full three-day weekend of cycling events to include all abilities, the youngest or oldest of riders, pros and amateurs, and bringing together community for one of the most exciting sports on the streets – Criterium Bike Racing.
For your news planning purposes, below is a run down of events surrounding the 2019 ASWD Twilight Criterium :

Kristin Armstrong Chrono
Start/Finish: Old Oregon Trail Road, Glenn’s Ferry
9:30am – UCI Pro Women Start
Noon – UCI Pro Men Start
4:00 – 7:00pm – JUMP Celebration Circle
The Friday Twilight kickoff for the ASWD Twilight Criterium is The Friday night Twilight Trifecta. The Twilight Trifecta combines three things that make Idaho great: Community, Cycling and… French Fries. Why Not!  
  • The ASWD Twilight Criterium Racer Autograph Alley. Several pro and top amateur teams will be at booths to meet with fans. Free special edition Twilight racer autograph sheets are available.
  • Free French fries in celebration of National French Fry Day, along with beers and beverages for purchase, and complimentary beef sliders! 
  • The J.R. Simplot Company’s famous French fryer will be pumping out up to 2,000 lbs an hour of famous Idaho French Fries!
  • Boise Rock School will be playing in the outdoor amphitheater.

  • Chrono Kristin Armstrong award ceremony. Kristin earned her three Olympic gold medals in the Time Trial, an event just like the one she’s hosting earlier in the day Friday in Elmore County. Awards begin at 6:00pm.
  • Support the Idaho Food Bank & Interscholastic Cycling. Volunteers from these organizations are supporting the Twilight Trifecta.
  • Those attending are encouraged to bring donations to the Idaho Food Bank. Donations of $15 or more receive a commemorative “Frydaho” t-shirt.
  • Donations are accepted to support the Boise High Mountain Bike team.

Twilight Kids' Ride with Olympic Champion Kristin Armstrong
Borah Post Office lawn, 8 th & Bannock Streets
Noon - Registration, Check-in
12:45pm - Kids Ride begins by age divisions
Some 350 kids ages 3 to 10 will ride tire to tire with Boise’s three-time Olympic Champion Kristin Armstrong.
Kristin will stay following the ride to sign special edition autograph sheets provided by the Downtown Boise Association.
Twilight Fan Expo
Cecil D. Andrus (Capitol) Park
1:15pm – Fan Expo Opens
The Twilight Fan Expo brings fans up close to one of the most grueling, exciting events in sports; Criterium bike racing.  The Twilight Fan Expo features:
  • Big Screen Viewing on Corner 2 – New in 2019.
  • Craft beers & Twilight Ale from Deschutes Brewery.
  • A variety of food & beverage options, including water in recyclable aluminum cans from Twilight partner Proud Source.
  • Cycling enthusiast vendor booths including bike safety info, local cycling organizations, other indoor & outdoor summer recreation, engaging Twilight supporting business and sponsor booths.
  • Twilight & cycling gear merch.
ASWD Twilight Criterium – Amateur & Pro Races
Start/Finish: Jefferson street in front of the Idaho Statehouse.
Equal prize money for Women and Men pro racers.
$12,000 in prize money is up for grabs in each of the Twilight pro races.
1:30 – 5:15pm - Amateur men’s & women’s races
5:30 – 6:00pm – Paracycle race
6:10 – 6:40pm – GreenBike races
6:50pm – Opening Ceremony
7:00pm – Pro Women’s race
8:15pm – Pro Men’s race
10:00pm – Awards Ceremony, Start/Finish line
Featured Athletes:
5:30 – 6:00pm - Handcycle Race
Among those participating in Boise’s epic weekend of cycling are the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Women’s Handcycling Team competing in the 2019 ASWD Twilight Criterium Handcycle Race. The CAF women’s team roster includes Olympic Medalists, World Cup Champions, Paracycling National Champions, and all team members are currently training to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 US Paralympic Team. The team is coached by Carlos Moleda , two-time National Handcycling Champion and a four-time Hawaii Ironman Champion.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation launched CAF-Idaho this past May to provide Idahoans with physical challenges further access to sports. CAF-Idaho has provided a number of individual grants to adaptive cyclists to race at this year’s Twilight Criterium. These grants support travel and competition expenses for the athletes to have the opportunity to race in this stop on the USA Crits Series .
Contact for CAF athlete/team interview opportunities:
Heather Hill, on behalf of Challenged Athletes Foundation
mobile: 208-860-5353


Gran Fondo Hincapie–Boise
Start/Finish: Jefferson street in front of the Idaho Statehouse.
15, 50, or 80 mile rides for both pro and amateur riders.
2019 is the inaugural Gran Fondo Hincapie-Boise, making Twilight weekend truly a multi-day celebration of cycling in one of America’s great cycling cities.
Gran Fondo riders will have a registration and special event merchandise booth in the Twilight Fan Expo on Saturday, then take over the Start/Finish line and Andrus Park for Gran Fondo festivities Sunday. The ASWD Twilight Criterium welcomes Gran Fondo riders from around the country. Enjoy Boise!