Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium The Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium moves into the USA CRITS spotlight on July 19 in Boise, Idaho. It's the event's 22nd year, and organizers have created a brand new course for an outstanding field.
Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium gives racers a new course to navigate as USA CRITS Series heads to Boise, Idaho
By Joan Thomas
The Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium moves into the USA CRITS spotlight on July 19 in Boise, Idaho. To celebrate the event’s 22nd year and to keep things challenging, organizers have created a brand new course for racers to navigate at breakneck speed.
The field of contenders is as strong as the rivalries that will be on show this Saturday. Some of the usual suspects—Team Inferno, TOSHIBA-Santo presented by Herbalife, and Time Pro Cycling will duke it out in their usual take-no-prisoners fashion, but they’ll face another squad intent on overtaking all their opposition. California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized is expected to be a tour de force in Boise just two weeks after fielding a team in the Tour of Pennsylvania.
But criteriums are as much about individuals as they are about teams. Current UCI World Track Omnium Champion Hayden Godfrey and former Junior World Track Champion "Lightning" Jeff Hopkins (Team Inferno), will compete against Seth Hansley (Locos Grill & Pub), Adam Myerson (Time), Yosvany Falcon and Frank Travieso (TOSHIBA-Santo), riders who are fighting for the title of Overall Series Champion.
“Now that we’re on the homeward stretch of the Series, we’re getting a clearer picture of which racers and teams have consistently excelled at the best criteriums in America and who among them will be awarded the overall series winners’ jerseys in Las Vegas on September 25,” says USA CRITS co-founder Gene Dixon. “However, history has shown us that nothing is guaranteed until the last race is won.”
The pro women’s race will feature Taitt Sato (Value Act Capital) and Shannon Koch (Metro Volkswagen). Koch is hoping to narrow Erica Allar’s (Aaron’s) lead in the competition for Overall Series Champion in the U25 category, but she has to step up the pace.
Even though she will be putting in an appearance at the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium, US Olympian Kristin Armstrong is not racing. She’s saving her speed for the Beijing Games. Her goal in Boise is to make children smile and get everyone in the Olympic spirit. Armstrong will sign autographs and take part in the St. Luke’s/EMI Kid’s Ride before the pro races begin. She was automatically selected for the women’s road team in both the time trial and mass start races in China next month. With so much on the line, Armstrong’s visit to Boise will double as a nice send off to Asia.
For more information on the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium visit http://www.boisetwilightcriterium.com
The remaining events in the Series are as follows: