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NRC heads to Idaho

Lucas Sebastian Haedo helped John Profaci's Colavita Sutter Home team move up the ranks, despite "missing an overall GC and a time trialist."

Lucas Sebastian Haedo helped John Profaci's Colavita Sutter Home team move up the ranks, despite "missing an overall GC and a time trialist." (Image credit: Mitch Clinton)

The National Racing Calendar (NRC) will make its next stop on Saturday in Boise, Idaho for the Boise Twilight Criterium. The event will host some of the fastest sprinters in the nation looking to make a few extra bucks and pick up valuable points toward the series standings.

The Downtown Boise Association (DBA) has partnered with the Wells Fargo and George's Cycles, the two companies that started the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium 21 years ago. The event prize pay out has increased to $18,000 which is a unique circumstance considering many events have cut prize purses due to lost sponsorship funding.

"We are very happy that the locals in Boise stepped it up this year to further support our event," said Mike Cooley, event director and co-owner of George's Cycles and Fitness.

The course consists of a one-kilometre rectangular loop, with four left-hand turns. The sun will set around the start of the pro men's 90-minute race where an average of 15,000 spectator are expected to line the downtown streets.

Criterium specialists in attendance include Sebastian Haedo (Colavita-Sutter Home), Thomas Soladay (Mountain Khakis), Ken Hanson and Also Ino Ilesic (Team Type 1), Roman Van Uden (Land-Rover Orbea) and Frank Pipp and Kirk O'Bee (Bissell).

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.