Treasure Valley welcomes Kristin Armstrong & Exergy Tour

Treasure Valley welcomes Kristin Armstrong & Exergy Tour »Play Video
Olymian Kristin Armstrong at the Exergy Tour reception in downtown Boise, Idaho.
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The discovery of 13 stolen racing bikes lifted a dark cloud from Wednesday's Exergy Tour press conference. Everyone will race on their own bikes, and considering the stakes that's a very good thing.

As Troy Oppie shared with you Sunday, the timing relative to the Olympics, record large purse, and quality field put the inaugural Exergy Tour on par with some of the best races in the World. It is also the final race before the Olympics for Kristin Armstrong, who said a gold medal in 2008 doesn't automatically mean another chance in 2012.

"It is the last big competition that all the women will be at, before their federations make all the decisions about what the Olympic teams are going to be, and although I've had a really good spring, and gone out strong, I still have to finish strong," said Armstrong.

"It's a tight race; we have at least three very highly qualified ladies competing for those two spots, so it's going to be a difficult decision I think for the selection committee," added CEO of USA cycling Steven Johnson.

The race begins Thursday visiting Nampa, Kuna, Garden Valley, and Idaho City before it concludes on Memorial day in Boise.