Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bike & Trike event a great opportunity to ride with Kristin Armstrong

On Saturday, families and kids and hard-core elite racers are heading out to the Bike & Trike event in Middleton to meet Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong. The event is a fund-raiser for the Middleton Library. I personally have never met Kristin, a Boise resident who is still active racing around the globe, so I'm excited about meeting her, and I know the kids and parents will really appreciate hanging out with her.

The Bike & Trike event is being held at the new West Highlands community in Middleton, where Coleman Homes is making brand-spanking-new pavement available for elite bike racing, adults racing on trikes and kids bike races. We will be giving away a free kids mountain bike ($300 value) to people who sign up for the kids races (must be present to win). All race participants will get a free water bottle and T-shirt.

Coleman Homes is co-sponsoring the event with George's Cycles. Mike Cooley, the bike racing guru from George's who puts on the Twilight Criterium every year, is organizing the races. The day will start with Miss & Out races on a half-mile course. You can set up your lawn chair on a sidewalk right next to the course and feel the speed of true bike racing. The last rider to cross the finish line on each lap is out of the race. So they'll be riding for their life.

At lunchtime, we'll hold some celebrity trike races, featuring local TV and radio personalities and elected officials. Trike racing is available for the general public as well. We have some modified trikes that are slightly larger and can be ridden by adults. Check out this You Tube video of what a trike race looks like. It's hilarious.

A no-host catered lunch will be served by Darcy's Catering in Nampa.

And then at 1:30 p.m., the kids bike races will start, with categories of age 3 with training wheels on up. Kristin Armstrong will ride victory laps with the kids, award medals and sign autographs. The kids races are open to ages 3-14.

How often do your kids have a chance to rub shoulders with an Olympic gold medalist? And get a free T-shirt and water bottle to boot? Kristin Armstrong is very generous to share her day with us. I hope you can bring your family out and have a good time.

More information can be found at You can sign up for the event in advance at or register Saturday morning at West Highlands. Feel free to call me for more information, 484-0295, - Steve Stuebner