Exergy Tour

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Updated at 11:04 a.m.

An Idaho alternative energy company beset by lawsuits faces another one, this time from a bike race that says it hasn't been paid millions in promised sponsorship money.

Exergy Development Group of Boise and its owner, James Carkulis, were sued in Colorado by Classic Bicycle Racing, owner of Colorado's USA Pro Challenge race.

John Moore, Classic's general counsel, said Wednesday company owners were forced to make additional capital contributions when Exergy failed to meet its contractual obligations.

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

The professional women’s cycling race, the Exergy Tour, held in the Treasure Valley last year won’t be back this year. The title sponsor couldn’t roundup enough financial backing. As a result the Boise based wind energy company – Exergy Development Group- has canceled this year’s race. 

Police Return Bike After Suspect Cooperates

Sep 11, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Police returned a stolen bike to a local woman this afternoon. The bike was one of about 50 stolen in a rash of thefts this spring, which included 13 Exergy race bicycles. 

Detective Paul Jagosh says 29 bikes stolen in the Boise area have been recovered. The suspect in custody, Michael Lawrence, is cooperating with police to recover as many bikes as possible as part of his plea agreement.

Women's Pro Cycling Race Holds Promise For Boise

Jun 6, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

James Carkulis didn’t miss a single stage of this year’s inaugural Exergy Tour. But the CEO of Exergy Development Group did keep a low profile.

He never once talked publicly about his support for the race. “You know this wasn’t called the Women’s Challenge,” he explains. “And it wasn’t called the Tour of Boise or of the Treasure Valley. It was called the Exergy Tour.”

American Evelyn Stevens Wins Inaugural Exergy Tour

May 28, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Thousands of people lined 13th street in Hyde Park to cheer on some of the world’s top women pro cyclists Monday. This marked the final stage of the inaugural Exergy Tour. Four fighter jets flew low over the start line Monday morning as the cyclists lined up to begin the race.

Pro Cycling Race Ends Mountain Stage In Idaho City

May 27, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Some of the world’s top professional women cyclists are in Idaho this Memorial Day weekend to compete in the inaugural Exergy Tour. This marks the largest women’s five-day stage race in North America and is the last big race   before cycling teams are chosen for the Olympics in London. 

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

It was a rainy and cold day for women’s pro cycling Saturday. The Exergy Tour continued in Kuna with a ten mile individual time trial. The course, which simulates the time trial that will take place at the 2012 Olympics in London - brought three top finishes for Team Specialized – lululemon.  

American Amber Neben won the race, securing the Exergy Leaders jersey. She posted a time of just over 21 minutes. Her teammates Evelyn Stevens (USA) came in second and Clara Hughes (Canada) finished third. 

American Cliff-Ryan Wins First Stage Of Exergy Tour

May 25, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

More than 100 professional women cyclists started the first stage of the Exergy Tour in a steady drizzle Friday. The 76.7 mile course took the racers past Lake Lowell, into the hills along the Snake River and up in the mountains before bringing the cyclists speeding across the finish line in downtown Nampa. 

Olympic Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Out Of Exergy Tour

May 24, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Canadian cyclist Tara Whitten won last night’s  Exergy Tour prologue. She rides for the American team, Tibco – To the Top. Gillian Carleton, who rides for the Canadian National Team, came in second followed by Team Specialized- lululemon's Clara Hughes. 

The three Canadians were at a press conference when Associated Press reporter John Miller asked if they'd heard that Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong had broken her collar bone during the prologue and was out of the Tour. His question was met with shock and sadness.

Adam Cotterell, KBSX

What’s being billed as the biggest ladies cycling race of the year in North America…gets underway today in Boise.  The Exergy Tour kicks off with an evening time trial in the city’s downtown.  More than 100 cyclists from all over the world will then compete in four more stage races in several Southwest Idaho locations, before finishing Monday in Boise’s Hyde Park.   To learn more, Scott Graf spoke with Heather Hill, a publicist for the Tour. 

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The inaugural Exergy Tour women’s cycling race kicks off Thursday. It promises to be a major event for Idaho and for women’s professional cycling.

Tour organizers at a press conference Wednesday afternoon introduced some of the athletes. Dave Towle, a professional race announcer, put it this way, “If you look on the timeline of American cycling, this’ll be one of the most significant weeks we’ve ever had.” 

In a question to a rider he described it as, “this is really your Tour de ’France.”

Boise Police Department

NEW UPDATE:  The Boise Police Department says all the stolen Exergy bikes have now been recovered.  After the first six were found at Boise State University, police began searching the rest of the campus.  The remaining seven bikes were found, at two other locations on campus.  The bikes appear to be undamaged.  Officers are processing the bikes for evidence as fast as possible, to try to get them back to TIPCO riders who are set to ride in the Exergy Tour tomorrow.