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Cycling race brings traffic and economic boom to Richmond

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Love it or hate it, the USA Cycling National Championships have taken the city of Richmond by storm.

"Definitely this is for the economy, boost tourism, fun events for children and adults the same," Gentry Edwards said.

It is all in preparation for Richmond 2015. Some expect the race to turn more eyes and ears to the River City.

Just ask, Senior Erica Greif, she is competing in the race.

"Its rad to be racing downtown versus being out in the middle of nowhere. Its a really fun vibe with people all over cheering," Greif

While the race is expected to pump millions of dollars into the local economy some say there is no price that could pay for the "headache" the road closures from the race will cause for people living and working in the area.

"There has been a great inconvenience for the people who did not plan for this the business owners that frequent the area everyday, they have had customers that had to go out and detour in other directions because of how this event has been orchestrated," Jones said.

On Saturday most of downtown roads will be shut down. On Sunday the race will take riders from Shockhoe Bottom to the Museum District. While roads near his home may be blocked off Gentry Edwards says he doesn't mind as long as it means more money for the city.

"It is not like its going on for the whole months its only for the weekend," Edwards said.

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