Several years ago, an 8-mile section of Bogus Basin Road was named the “Kristin Armstrong Bikeway,” (KAB) in honor of the Boise native who won gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Though this route has helped train racers into Olympians, it is also a favorite local ride for those bikers whose goals are to simply stay fit, prep for a local century, or test their mettle on one of the area's most iconic rides.
What Makes It Great
The ride along Harrison Blvd to the official base of the KAB at Bogus Basin Road and Curling Drive provides a pleasant warm-up before the thigh- and lung-burning challenge of the hill. From here, Bogus Basin Road steadily climbs 14.5 miles up nearly 3,500’ to the base of Bogus Basin Ski Area with only a few breaks for recovery along the way. Two rest sections of flat or slightly down come and go quickly before the 5-mile mark; the third rest is near the top of the ride when the false flat descent plays tricks on the mind.
Bogus Basin Road is narrow and winding. Most drivers are aware and conscientious of bikes on the road and provide comfortable space as they pass. Be mindful around blind corners that a vehicle might have trouble seeing you and ride happy by riding aware of your surroundings.
Who is Going to Love It
Whether you take it hard and fast or slow and steady, any rider who reaches the summit should feel proud of their accomplishment. The steep part might only be 14.5 miles, but they are hard earned miles; and so is the exhilarating down hill from the summit!