Bring the Whole Family and Enjoy Historic Downtown Nampa!
The beauty of cycling is that any one, at any age, of any gender and of any ability can enjoy it as part of a group or individually. The City of Nampa offers a variety of cycling opportunities from the novice to the expert. Whether you ride the road, paved trail, or single track, you’ll find it in Nampa and its surrounding communities. At the Nampa Downtown Criterium, local businesses and organizations will open to showcase their products and services.
Be sure to visit historic downtown Nampa’s shops and restaurants during and after the event. They are helping make this event a reality. For a complete guide to what Nampa has to offer, visit the Nampa Chamber of Commerce Home Page. Come back and come often to historic downtown Nampa. There’s always something going on.
What Is A Criterium?
A criterium, or more commonly referred to as a “crit,” is a short, multi-lap, closed circuit road cycling race traditionally held in an urban setting with its roots in Europe. This affords spectators the opportunity to see the racers each lap, observe the action as it unfolds, and actually feel the action and excitement. Because the course is short (usually less than a mile), it is common for fans to “walk the course” and see the action from a variety of vantage points. (Think NASCAR for bicycles, but you’re not stuck in your seat the whole time.) Historic downtown Nampa will be lined with banners and cheering race fans ringing their race bells as cyclists battle it out. Crit racing provides day-long excitement where spectators can experience the adrenaline rush up close. This explains why criterium racing is the most popular form of competitive road cycling in the US.
Official Race Announcer
The organizers are pleased to announce Kurt D. Holzer as the official Race Announcer of the 2014 Nampa Downtown Criterium p/b West Valley Medical Center. Mr. Holzer is a bike racing aficionado whose dynamic play by play announcing helps people not versed in the sport of bike racing understand the tactics and the racing action. He can turn a casual observer into a knowledgable fan. He was a 2-time Idaho State Criterium Champion. For the past decade he has served as manager of the Southwest Idaho Cycling Association helping the USA Cycling (our national Olympic organization) coordinate bicycle road racing in our region. He is also on the Board of Directors of the St. Luke’s Sports Medicine Cycling team. When not on his bike, Kurt is a trial attorney who was recognized by his peers as the Idaho Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011. For a more detailed bio, please visit Holzer Edwards, Chartered
Official Race Photographer
The organizers are pleased to announce Cliff Marks Jr. as the official Race Photographer of the 2014 Nampa Downtown Criterium p/b West Valley Medical Center. Cliff has worked with Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign, The Idaho Business Review, UL Magazine, Greenbelt Magazine, Treasure Valley Childrens Theater. He is also one of the official photographers for The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. He brings a fresh approach to photography and we are excited to have him as a part of our team. For examples of Cliff’s work, visit Cliff Marks Jr. Imagery