26th Annual Exergy Twilight Crit announces equal prize money


The Exergy Twilight Criterium on July 14 has equal prize money for the pro men's and women's races. (Photo by Steve Conner)
The Exergy Twilight Criterium on July 14 has equal prize money for the pro men's and women's races. (Photo by Steve Conner)
The Women’s and Men’s Pro Race at the 26th Annual Exergy Twilight Criterium will have an equal purse of $15,000 for each race. The winner of each race will receive $4,000, 2nd place $2,000 and 3rd place receives $1,300.

“As a recognized sponsor of cycling events, with an emphasis on pay parity for women's events, I was honored when the Downtown Boise Association put emphasis on ensuring a strong female criterium. To help make that agenda more pronounced, Exergy is matching the men's purse for the ladies' race.” James Carkulis, CEO of Exergy Development Group, one of the major independent renewable energy developers in the USA and the Title Sponsor of the Twilight Criterium.

The The 26th Annual Exergy Twilight Criterium, one of the nation’s top Criteriums, will take place in Downtown Boise on Saturday, July 14, 2012. The event is on the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) and the USA Crit Championship Series for both men and women’s teams.

“Thanks to our event sponsors including Exergy Development Group and the Micron Foundation, we are able to bring back the Women’s Race to the Exergy Twilight Criterium. We are hoping for a field of at least 50-75 women cyclists, which would make for an exciting race to watch.” Mike Cooley, Race Director. Olympian Kristin Armstrong raced and won this event in 2009. We anticipate this event will again draw world-class athletes to Boise!

The following women’s teams are already signed up and included:
Tibco – To the Top
Exergy Twenty 12
NOW and Novartis for MS

The electric atmosphere and fast-pace, high-stakes action draws thousands of people to downtown Boise to watch what has become one of Boise’s major summer attractions. Sanctioned by USA Cycling and the USA Crit Series tour, the event is a timed criterium that lasts 90 minutes for the Mmn’s pro event, 60 minutes for the women’s race, and 30 to 45 minutes for the preliminary races.

The course runs through Downtown Boise south on 9th & north on 10th Streets and west on Grove and east on Bannock Streets.  The start/finish line is located at the intersection of 9th & Main streets.

Event Schedule is as follows:
2:30 p.m. Ride with Kristin Armstrong Kids Event
2:45–3:30 p.m. Cat 4/5
3:45–4:30 p.m. Masters 35 Plus 2/3/4
4:45–5:30 p.m. Junior 18 & Under
5:45–6:45 p.m. Men’s Cat 2/3
6:50–7 p.m. Official Opening Ceremony
7–8 p.m. Women’s Pro 1/2/3
8:15–9:45 p.m. Men’s Pro
10 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Children ages 3-10 are invited to ride with Olympian Kristin Armstrong in the Kids Ride sponsored by St. Luke’s and EMI, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Helmets are required for the kids’ event. The event is free, however, registration is required for participation online at www.boisetwilightcriterium.com. Kristin Armstrong will be available for autographing posters in the Idaho Statesman booth next to the Kids Ride registration from 2-3 p.m.

Created in 2012 to showcase the country’s top criterium-only events, the National Criterium Calendar (NCC) recognizes the best crit racers on American soil by employing a season-long rankings system that identifies overall men’s and women’s series leaders. For more information on the NCC, visit www.usacycling.org/ncc. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross.

Since 2007, the USA CRITS has been the premiere bike racing series in the country. Built from the most prestigious independent criteriums held throughout the nation, USA CRITS pits some of the best domestic and international riders against one another on the Main Streets of America. For more information about the USA CRITS series visit http://usacrits.com.

For more information go to www.boisetwilightcriterium.com.

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