Women’s pro bike race to be resurrected in Idaho



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A world-class women’s professional bike race that could help determine competitors in the 2012 London Olympics is set to be resurrected in Idaho, a decade after a previous tour for female riders died for lack of money.

The Exergy Tour on Monday announced its five-day, Memorial Day weekend schedule from May 24-28, including a 60-mile ride over a 6,100-foot mountain pass before finishing in historic Idaho City.

The race could lure top U.S. riders like 2008 Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong, a Boise resident, and former world champion Amber Neben, as well as 10 to 15 international teams eager to win points to decide who will compete in London this summer.

For 19 years, Idaho hosted the Women’s Challenge, the world’s top women’s cycling event, until its sponsor exited in 2003.