The city of Boise announced the details of its celebration for two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong on Saturday, Aug. 11. Armstrong won the women's cycling time trial this week, defending her gold medal in the event. Armstrong, a Boise resident and University of Idaho graduate, turns 39 on Aug. 11.
The celebration will begin with a bicycle "victory ride" from the Boise Depot down Capitol Boulevard to Capitol Park near the Idaho Statehouse. Armstrong suffered a broken clavicle near the Boise Depot in the prologue of May's Exergy Tour stage race. Armstrong recovered from the injury to win gold.
"It was just over two months ago that Kristin suffered a serious fall near the Boise Depot, but she bravely got back up and rode her bike all the way to Olympic gold, Mayor David Bieter said in a statement. This Saturday we will send the message that you can overcome any hardship to achieve your dream, as we ride from near the spot of Kristins accident to a triumphant rally to celebrate her achievement.
The city said in a news release Monday that Bieter, Gov. Butch Otter, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis and Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett will honor Armstrong, followed by a birthday celebration with cake served for up to 1,000 people. After blowing out the candles on her cake, Armstrong will sign autographs on provided photos of her and son Lucas on the podium at the London Games.
The bicycle victory ride will leave the Depot at 3 p.m.
The city said people who want to take part in the ride should arrive on bike at the Boise Depot at 2:30 p.m. The Depot is located at 2603 West Eastover Terrace. Access to the Depot is by bicycle only; there will be no parking available at the Depot. Cyclists who prefer not to pedal uphill to the Depot can gather in the parking lot directly north of the new Micron Business and Economics Building, where they will join the caravan as it comes down the hill.
The city also encouraged non-cyclists to line Capitol Boulevard and welcome Armstrong as she rides into Capitol Park. Capitol Park is located on Capitol Boulevard between Bannock and Jefferson streets. Parking is available in all downtown public garages, in the T-reserved lot at Boise State between the new Micron Business and Economics Building and the Morrison Center, and at two YMCA lots on 11th between Jefferson and State streets and Jefferson and Bannock streets.